We are looking for an Application Team Manager with Bakery R&D experience to join our Technical Development / R&D team based in Barentz’s Food Application Lab in Steenwijk, The Netherlands.

About Barentz

Barentz is a leading global life science and specialty performance ingredients distributor. The company sources branded specialty ingredients from leading manufacturers worldwide and its ingredient experts provide value-added technical support which includes pre-mixing, blending, ingredient formulation, and ingredient testing from its state-of-the-art, customized formulation centers and application laboratories in EMEA, Americas, and Asia-Pacific.

Established in 1953, Barentz has operations in more than 70 countries with a strong presence in Europe and North America and a rapidly growing network in Latin America and Asia-Pacific. With a turnover of €2.5 billion, the company employs over 2,500 people worldwide and serves more than 25,000 customers. For more information, visit: www.barentz.com

About this role

Job Purpose

Leading a team of application and product qualification specialists by coordinating activities, coaching and training, reviewing work, and helping in execution of the more complex issues, to ensure effective technical development, workflow, and principal satisfaction in alignment with the overall technical development strategy.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Maintain, manage & further strengthen principal/supplier/partner relationships.
  • Maintain, manage & further strengthen customer relationships.
  • Supervise professional-level employees within the application team.
  • Set goals and objectives for team members for the achievement of operational results.
  • Provide input to the technical Development strategy and/or set the operational direction of the Department.
  • Ensure policies, practices, and procedures are understood and followed by direct reports and relevant stakeholders.
  • Manage technical development activities focusing on improving and/or developing new product applications in line with the principal’s portfolio policy.
  • Ensure that research activities meet established scientific and engineering standards.
  • Assist with formulating business plans for the application team.
  • Analyze quality/safety test results to ensure compliance with internal and external standards
  • Monitor product development outcomes to ensure technical, functional, cost, sales, and timing targets are met.
  • Report on communication with principals in Barentz systems (CRM).
  • Respect ISO and QA procedures.
  • Assure knowledge transfer and IP protection.

About You

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree by education
  • Multiple years of experience in relevant fields and experience with leading a team.
  • Language: English and Dutch


  • Problems faced may be difficult.
  • Requires the ability to influence others to accept practices and approaches, and the ability to communicate and influence management.

Key behavioral criteria

  • Critical view
  • Well-organized and focussed
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Sales focussed
  • Managerial skills
  • Communicative and good social skills
  • Proactive attitude
  • Team player, organizer, motivator,
  • Flexible attitude
  • Problem solver

Key interdependencies

  • Management
  • Human resources
  • Sales department
  • Principal managers
  • Principals
  • Customers
  • Division leaders

Why Barentz?

Barentz is a great company to work for, with positive and warm company culture, and One Team, One Goal mentality. It is an inspiring multinational company, with fast-growing market segments and global coverage.

  • Competitive package including 27 days annual leave + bonus structure
  • An inspiring multinational company in a fast-growing and innovative business
  • Commuting allowance, up to 50 Kilometers one way
  • Flexible and hybrid working environment
  • Fringe benefits like private health care, private pension scheme, company Fitness scheme, etc.


If you feel excited reading the above and want to join our journey, please send your resume in English, by using the apply button. Any questions regarding this position, please contact Jill.Lan@barentz.com

Job ID: No.47