R&D Packaging Category Specialist

R&D Utrecht Full-time Netherlands

Job Description

To start with, the position of R&D Packaging Category Specialist sits comfortably within the R&D Packaging Team. An incredible diverse team that helps each other learn, grow and develop. Just how we like it! And as a R&D Packaging Category Specialist you’ll be asked to be very hands on with the development, improvement and testing of Packaging Materials, Packaging Solutions & Packaging Processes. 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:

  • Indicating possible usable packaging solutions and making research proposals. Working out packaging formats and specifying the desired method of working;
  • Monitoring activities performed at suppliers or manufacturing parties. National and International;
  • Signaling problems / issues when working on project activities and independently making proposals how to solve;
  • Preparing and execute all necessary lab, pilot scale experiments in order to work towards a Packaging Concept and Packaging specification.
  • Arranging all packaging components, reserve capacity pilot experiments, reserve analytical , sampling of product for testing functionality, sensorial properties


We are looking for a pioneer 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 willingness to learn 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 with category-specific technology, especially the directly-related processes. We also look at your ability to analyze results of experiments and/or trials. 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:

  • Bachelor Industrial Packaging design education or;
  • Master or Bachelor study with additional relevant education/ courses in Packaging or transferable degree; Mechanical Engineer, Chemical/Material Engineer, Food Scientist
  • Willingness to travel
  • Some relevant work experience

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 very competitive base salary and ad additional benefits to the mix. To name a few: Learning and development budget, 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 believes 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.