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Senior (Principal) Specialist Process Design

Job Category:  Research and Development
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Gorinchem, NL

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  2103

At Corbion, we exist to champion preservation in all its forms, preserving food and food production, health, and our planet.



Do you want to use your expertise & skills in the field of Process Technology and play a key role in the development of new and improved, sustainable processes and products for Corbion? As our Senior (Principal) Specialist Process Design you will work in the Global R&D Department at our location in Gorinchem. At this site we have our largest lactic acid derivative production facility which serves all of our Non-Bakery food market units as well as our Biochemicals Unit. Additionally, this site accommodates our Biomaterials plant as well as the Corbion Innovation Centre.


As our Senior (Principal) Specialist Process Design your main responsibilities are to exploit and extend our expertise to translate business requirements into process design concepts. You will bring innovative insights and know how to create and explore (new) sustainable process design concepts, develop and optimize new processes or existing processes, delivering from feasibility through lab and pilot to implementation. Furthermore, this role is focused on:




  • Building & maintaining broad conceptual process design and process modelling skills and competences.
  • Creating and developing sustainable process design innovations, enabler of future net-zero operations.
  • Steering the development and optimization of new or existing process steps through design and modelling.
  • Cooperation in innovation projects, keeping an overall overview of the process, advise on integration and optimization options.
  • Contribution to the transition to digital process design and operation, focusing on modelling approaches (mechanistic, data driven or hybrid) and their deployment.
  • Building bridges and strong collaborations with other disciplines such as data science, engineering, industrial microbiology, Operation, and sustainability.
  • Supporting intellectual property, regulatory affairs, marketing, and sales departments with relevant expertise.
  • Defining projects and leading project teams to develop innovations.
  • Explore and maintain external collaboration and developments in relevant fields and bring relevant insights into Corbion.
  • We offer you the opportunity to coach and develop specialists, scientists, technicians and/or trainees.


About you

In addition to your educational achievements on a PDEng/PhD level in conceptual process design the successful candidate for the position of Senior (Principal) Specialist Process design must also have:


  • 10+ years of industrial work experience in a relevant Process Industry field.
  • Strong conceptual process design thinking.
  • State of the art expertise in sustainable process design, process modelling and early-stage CAPEX estimation.
  • Creative, Bridge builder, strong interdisciplinary.
  • Affinity and knowledge of fermentation processes, separation process and drying processes.
  • Ability to evaluate and supervise PhD level work.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Fluency in English (oral and written).
  • Good communication skills and intercultural sensitivity.


Our offer

We offer competitive remuneration and benefits. What makes Corbion special is the way we consciously create that connection between the product of our work and our individual lives and use it to shape our choices and our priorities as a company. We have a great company made up of talented, dedicated people – people who share a purpose and a vision. When we all understand how we intend to get there in the same way, there’s no telling how far we can go. We offer you the chance to join a company with a:

  • Culture to empower people and where your initiatives and ideas make a real difference
  • International focus with truly diverse teams
  • Unique possibility to be trained by our internal expertise in the world of biobased products
  • We invest in relevant training courses related to your particular discipline, that will give you the opportunity to grow into an industry expert
  • Lastly, we offer a friendly, informal culture in a demanding professional environment


In addition, we actively embrace diversity in how we work together and contribute toward our shared objectives and values. By joining Corbion, you will become an employee in a company where you can feel pride in your achievements and develop your career with global prospects.


About Corbion 

What makes Corbion truly special is our talented global team of people, who are consciously dedicated to connecting the work we do together with the difference it makes in the lives of consumers, including our own friends and families. At Corbion, innovation is in our DNA; we explore, we discover, we create, and then we do it all over again, finding ever-better ways to help the world solve some of its most pressing challenges. When you come to Corbion, you will find that for us, sustainability is not simply a corporate program, it is at the very heart of our business, giving direction to our work, our investments and our creativity. We exist to preserve what matters.


As a company where day-to-day priorities and decisions are shaped by a shared purpose and vision, we enjoy a working environment energized by empowerment and opportunity. By joining Corbion, you can be part of :


  • A culture open to great ideas wherever they come from, and where your work can make a real difference in the world
  • An organization that values diversity of thought, background and experience
  • A company ready to invest in you, helping you grow toward your personal ambitions
  • A workplace that’s friendly and informal, while being focused and professional
  • An international team small enough to stay agile, but large and talented enough to make an impact today, and for future generations


Our corporate values – Collaboration, Care, Courage and Commitment – define what it takes to overcome obstacles and create the sustainable breakthroughs the world sorely needs. As a member of the Corbion team, you’ll see these values put into action every day, and you’ll have the chance to make your own unique contribution to our collective achievements.


Corbion does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to hiring managers. All candidates must be submitted by approved Corbion vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission by our Talent Acquisition team for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless such a request has been made by the Corbion Talent Acquisition team and such candidate was submitted to the Corbion Talent Acquisition Team.

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