R&D Technology Solutions Specialist

R&D Utrecht Full-time Netherlands

Job Description

To start with, the position of R&D Technology Solution Specialist sits comfortably in the Technology Solutions Department of the Global R&D Organization. And is part of an incredibly diverse team that helps each other learn, grow and develop. Just how we like it! And as an R&D Technology Solution Specialist you will be asked to lead projects up to process build/implementation as well as carry responsibility for the development and exploitation of JDE's proprietary knowledge. All while building the network of external experts and suppliers. And for this, we don’t just need you to be a knowledgeable professional but also strongly rely on your interpersonal skills as well as your drive for success. Know that you’ll have a crucial role in creating and protecting the impact we look for in our value chain. With this said, we like you to take responsibility over the following tasks:

  • Applying all your technology, science or engineering understanding, and experience of the broader industry to initiate, define, manage and execute R&D projects;
  • Support and lead several New Product Development / Productivity / Process Development /Packaging projects;
  • Defining and leading pilot/plant trials, collecting experimental data, writing technical reports, developing prototypes, completing chemical, physical and analytical assessments of product and packaging;
  • Use all your knowledge and experience to help coach junior specialist and interns.


We are looking for an entrepreneurial spirit with a drive for excellence. Someone that holds themselves accountable and doesn’t shy away from responsibility. Given the nature of the role we feel it’s important for you to have a certain level of seniority as well as a solid understanding of your own added value. We thrive in diverse teams and look for people that appreciate that as much as we do. We can give you a list of “must haves”, however that’s not how we view your candidacy. We do, of course, take into consideration how much experience you have leading R&D Projects but ultimately we look at the bigger picture. To give you a bit of guidance as to what we feel is needed in this role, we’ll share our “nice to have” list with you:

  • MSc. Degree (technical, chemical, engineering)
  • Relevant experience preferably in the food and beverage industry

Additional Information

Whether or not you are with us, two, four or thirty years, it doesn’t matter. We help you build your skillsets and potential career. We offer a solid and competitive base salary and ad additional benefits to the mix. To name a few: Learning and development budget, career development, Insurances, pension plans and a minimum of 25 + 12 ADV days of paid holidays (because we care and want to offer you a healthy work – life balance)


We, at JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS (JDE – Peet’s) are inspired by beliefs that anything can happen over a cup of coffee or tea. Fueled by our purpose to create a better future, we are taking the world of coffee and tea by storm. Making it our mission to keep improving ourselves and the world around us.

Our roots are deeply embedded in the coffee and tea industry, dating back as far as 1753. Worldwide we are touching the lives of millions of people – from earth to bean and from bean to cup. All through some of worlds leading household names.  Together, we are on a journey to secure a future for coffee and tea. With sustainability constantly evolving we take a dynamic approach to make a real impact across our value chain, focusing on responsible sourcing, minimizing our footprint and connecting people from all walks of life.