Product Developer French-Pastry

Have an appetite for more?

Join a leading global bakery group powered by ambitious people that are truly passionate about delivering the best in everything they do.

With business in mind and people at heart we always work together to influence our road ahead. We want you to be part of our growth journey and of a great, global family.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an entrepreneurial Product Developer French Pastry to join our Lantmännen Unibake team at our production site in Moeskroen.

Ready to create innovative concepts that will meet/exceed our customer's and consumer's expectations? Are you a keen foodie who has a genuine passion for bakery and who inspires the team with his/her creativity? One who takes the role with confidence and who is willing to take this challenge and lead the organization together with the whole team towards a leading bakery group.

This is what you will do

As Product Developer French-Pastry, you will create new product developments (NPDs) in accordance with our product strategy pipeline. These are both market as customer driven innovations that reach our customers and consumers worldwide. How?

  • By matching customer expectations and steering on cost price & timings
  • By managing the NPD-project end-to-end: from briefing until roll-out in production.

The Product Developer is part of a dedicated team that works in a multidisciplinary and international context, and who will be reporting to the Product Manager French Pastry.

Primary areas of responsibility:

  • Project management of all new product development processes and customer adaptations
    • You’ll either gather customer expectations on product features (crust, crumb, taste, appearance, etc.) or receive input from the Category Business Leader on a newly created concept
    • You’ll be in close contact with suppliers and create/adjust recipes to develop a “proto-product” that – after validation – will be scaled up to an industrial production process
    • you will prepare, coordinate and evaluate kitchen and line trials – in accordance with the Test Baker, Production and Quality Assurance team
    • you will give support on line trials when required
    • Ensuring that all new products are developed in line with our product strategy pipeline, thereby meeting commercial, technical and operational objectives.
  • Steer cost driven innovations and work on value engineering processes by requesting and reviewing raw material specifications – thereby working in conjunction with the Corporate Quality & Procurement teams.

  • Maintain a clear overview of all NPD processes – including new raw material screenings, kitchen trial follow-ups and line upscaling processes.

  • Work cross-functionally to consistently ensure a practical creative vision on new ideas in the innovation funnel. Apart from your R&D colleagues, you will work closely with our Category Business Leader French Pastry, Intercompany Manager (who promotes our locally produced products to our sister companies), Production and Quality Managers, Cost Controller and Procurement Manager.

  • Inspire both customers as well as our own sales and marketing colleagues by developing creative ideas and solutions.

Your profile:

  • Lantmännen Unibake is an employer who reflects diversity in his work force, so we’d be happy to give both starters as people with relevant experience the opportunity to join our company.
    • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in food technology
    • Equivalent through experience (min. of 3 years) in the food industry – with a proven record of launching commercially and technically new development concepts and creating laminated & yeasted dough’s and pastries
  • A genuine interest and affinity with the food industry is a must, whilst experience within the bakery industry will be an asset.
  • Demonstrating bakery skills in Pastry would make an absolute advantage.
  • Professional knowledge of both Dutch and English, and a good level of French.
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office tools.

Your “power skills”

  • You combine analytical skills with a hands-on and solution-oriented mentality;
  • Your organization & project management skills are on point and you demonstrate a flexible mindset that enables you to adapt to changing requirements and to plan/organize and manage multiple priorities;
  • You have strong communication and interpersonal skills which allow you to develop your internal network across the different departments and to influence stakeholders appropriately;
  • You display a customer-centric focus to deliver products & service we’re proud off;
  • You are a self-motivated colleague who shows drive, passion and creativity to come up with new propositions and initiatives;

What we offer to you

  • To work from a unique position since Moeskroen is thé only production facility within Lantmännen Unibake that’s specialized in French-Pastry products. Thus you’ll combine a local embeddedness with exposure on an international level to all the other sister companies of the Group.
  • Being a key member of our Marketing team, where Research and Development work in tandem to deliver new food concepts.
  • The opportunity to set your entrepreneurial spirit into practice and work together with your colleagues to realize our tasteful Lantmännen Unibake’s mission towards millions of smiling tummies.
  • Being part of an international organization that is in full expansion where you get the opportunity to grow personally and evolve professionally. Lantmännen Unibake offers future career development to senior roles on both a local or international level.

Place of work: Moeskroen

Sounds interesting?

We will interview ongoing so please don’t hesitate to send your application by submitting your resume.

If you have any questions about the position or recruitment process, please reach out to Els Magerman (Talent Acquisition Specialist). If you have any questions about the position, you are welcome to contact Mathieu Beyens (Product Manager French Pastry).

We will treat your candidature with the highest level of confidentiality.