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Product Manager Specialty Chemicals

Job Category:  Business Development
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Gorinchem, NL

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  975

Corbion develops sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life for people today and for future generations.


We are the global Market and Cost Leader in development and production of Lactic Acid and Lactic Acid Derivatives. With our portfolio of sustainable products, we are active in diverse markets such as Food Ingredients, Home & Personal care, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Agrochemicals, Animal Nutrition and Bioplastics. We have plants in The Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, the United States and Brazil.


To meet  increasing demand from different industries such as PLA (biobased and biodegradable polymers), biochemicals, food- and pharma, we are investing in new assets, such as a new $190 mn lactic acid plant in Thailand. To execute our growth strategy we currently have an opportunity for  a Product Manager Lactic Acid & Side Streams.


As our Product Manager you take responsibility for executing the product strategy for Lactic Acid, its production Side Streams and Specialty Derivatives. You play a key role in  the development of this strategy. You ensure that the products’ availability and sustainable profitability. In order to do so you work closely with Sales, R&D  and the Operational Oganization. You form a team with a Senior Business Developer and report to the Director Product Management Lactic Acid & Specialties.




  • Own and execute product line strategies in alignment with global Product Strategy for Lactic acid and it's Side streams.
  • Execute product management activities, including new product introductions, changes, rationalizations and documentation
  • Translate competitive insights into strategic and tactical actions of the product line
  • Set the price strategies and drive optimization of the annual revenue, margin and portfolio mix (P&L co-ownership)
  • Participate in global key account/customer contract negotiations and safeguard the execution of the agreed pricing strategies
  • Drive market and business development of the product line in close collaboration with sales and business development teams
  • Support customers on product related questions when needed
  • Own the product specifications and serve as product expert
  • Collaborate with Operations in managing on structural customer complaints and supply issues handling
  • Develop, define, and drive product related improvement initiatives - aligned with business unit and manufacturing priorities
  • Drive new product development working with R&D
  • Drive projects together with project managers  [e.g. innovation projects, CAPEX, business improvement projects]
  • Streamline communications between the commercial teams and operations teams and other internal stakeholders
  • Ensure regulatory registrations and compliance in various countries with regulatory support
  • Manage demand and supply with sales, marketing and supply chain (S&OP)
  • Propose yearly budget for the product lines
  • Driving demand shaping activities on constrained assets (preventing long term shortage)
  • Crisis management (supply shortage, product failure or regulatory changes)




We are looking for an experienced and creative product manager with proven success in profitability optimization  of a  fixed ratio product mix such as downstream oil & gas, mining or agricultural commodities. In addition, a successful candidate meets the following qualifications:


  • Msc or BSc education in relevant science (marketing, business administration)
  • At least 10 years of experience in a commercial, procurement or supply chain role  in a demand- and supply driven industry
  • Balance of commercial, supply chain and technical know-how, skills, affinity and experience
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Proven track record within a complex global matrix environment
  • Ability to identify unmet needs and capture associated value.


Our offer


We offer the opportunity to be part of the bio based revolution and take on global responsibility within the global market leader in raw materials for bio based ingredients, chemicals and plastics. A work environment with friendly, dedicated and hands-on colleagues where all are willing to put in the ground work to achieve our goals. In addition, we offer:


  • Competitive remuneration and benefits
  • 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 bio-based products.
  • Training on the job and a development plan ready for you. We invest in relevant training courses related to your particular discipline, that will give you the opportunity to grow into an industry expert
  • Friendly, informal culture in a demanding professional environment


We actively embrace diversity in how we work together and contribute towards 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


Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives, and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins and algae ingredients. Our sustainable ingredient solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. With a worldwide network of production facilities, sales offices and agents in more than 100 countries, Corbion is known for quality, product innovation, and customer orientation, as well as for its collegial, informal and results-oriented company culture.


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 our 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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