R&D Utrecht Full-time Netherlands

Job Description

To start with, the position of Scientific Affairs Specialist sits comfortably in Global Food Compliance team at Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) Peet's. An incredibly diverse team that helps each other learn, grow and develop. Just how we like it! As a Scientific Affairs Specialist you will be asked to focus on identifying and evaluating food safety developments, as well as on forward looking scouting and risk assessment of the impact of (new) food safety regulations on  JDEP’s products globally. You will provide scientific evaluations, advise the business and drive strategy to ensure continued food safety and regulatory compliance, while minimizing the impact on other business aspects.

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:

  • Monitor and anticipate developments, as well as act as an advisor and drive strategy for future planning. This includes up-to-date policies, procedures and guidance when it comes to food safety.
  • Ensure that Food Safety Authority evaluations on new and re-emerging food safety risks are proactively addressed, initiate risk mitigation actions when required.
  • Support the annual monitoring plan with the Global Quality Team, assess the results and follow up on deviations
  • Lead scientific evaluations to enable strategic business decisions.
  • Maintain and create relationships with cross-functional teams, stakeholders and key decision makers, both internally and externally


We are looking for an accountable, disciplined and experienced candidate with at least 7 years of experience in the field, who thrives in stressful environments and has a strong drive for excellence. Someone that pushes the boundaries, feels comfortable with ambiguity 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 with performing thorough and scientifically based analysis in food safety and health related topics but ultimately, we look at the bigger picture. But 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:

  • Good knowledge and risk analysis skills on food safety hazards, including chemical contaminants
  • Good understanding of the concept of food safety regulations  
  • High experience in trade associations and good interaction in senior business levels
  • High proficiency in data analysis tools such as PowerBI

Additional Information

More about us:

We are people united by the power and possibility of tea and coffee. At JDE Peet’s, we thrive on the freedom to pursue opportunities, provoking new ideas to make an impact at scale. Our ambition is simple – JDE Peet's: unleashing the possibilities of coffee and tea.

We bring action to our intentions, following through on what was agreed, always pushing things forward. We offer our people a range of learning and development programmes to support their personal growth. We’ve worked hard to build an open, collaborative environment where you can approach anyone and be heard.

At JDE Peet's, we believe it’s amazing what can happen over a cup of coffee or tea. We also believe that a diverse and inclusive culture enables us to serve every coffee and tea lover in the best possible way. No matter who you are, where you come from, how you live your life, or how you enjoy your coffee or tea, you can fulfil your ambitions and contribute to our success.

When you grow, we grow, and coffee & tea grows.


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Who we are?

JDE Peet’s is the world's leading pure-play coffee and tea company, with local roots dating back to 1753, and is headquartered in the Netherlands. We unleash the possibilities of coffee and tea in more than 100 countries with a portfolio of over 50 brands, including L’OR, Peet’s, Jacobs, Senseo, Tassimo, Douwe Egberts, OldTown, Super, Pickwick and Moccona.

Your application at JDE Peet's
If you are interested in this career opportunity at JDE Peet's, apply and join us. After receiving your application we will do our utmost to give you quick feedback. Part of the recruitment procedure at JDE Peet's would be an online assessment, followed by interviews. A pre-employment check can be part of the recruitment process.

What we offer:

The future of work is hybrid, with both office and home playing an important role. At JDE Peet's, we value meeting colleagues in the office to unleash the possibilities of coffee and tea together and we enjoy our focus time when working from home. Join us and you will experience both. Because it’s amazing what happens over a cup of coffee.

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)

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