Technical Director – Food Colours

Updated: 8th January 2020


A fast-growing Global natural food colours and ingredients company is looking for a highly experienced Technical Director based in Europe. They will manage the successful and efficient operations of 3 different locations of the Colour Product Development, Applications, and Technical Support European Departments.

The ideal candidate will have a strong technical knowledge and experience of the food colour Industry as well as a thorough understanding of the production/manufacturing processes. The candidate will also have excellent project management skills, a successful track record and a ‘can-do’ attitude.


  • Manage the project portfolio and pipeline for Europe, monitoring and ensuring all required metrics are met consistently on a monthly basis. Ensure the annual budgetary requirements for the department are met
  • Able to develop, implement and deploy strategic and organization plans for the laboratory teams in Europe
  • Travel with the sales team as required, providing technical support and conducting customer presentations as needed
  • Oversee and review all project activity for Colour Applications and Product Development
  • Report metrics for the departments


  • Range of product management responsibilities across the product range
  • Understand and has knowledge of the principles of colour chemistry and colour measurement
  • Understand the chemistry and performance of food ingredients used in colour formulations. Formulate new products involving colours, as required
  • Deliver superior technical expertise, presentations and training to customers for value added service
  • Review and approve specifications for colours manufactured and distributed by the company, as required
  • Approve specifications of raw materials and packing material used for colours manufactured by the company, as required.
  • Approve testing methods for colours manufactured by the company, as required
  • Review customer specifications and determine compliance of company products, with a clear understanding of customer requirements
  • Understand, interpret and apply current regulations and where required, globally, keeping current with any regulatory changes within the region
  • Ensure compliance with regulations governing the specifications and use of colours and colour blends manufactured, or distributed, by the company
  • Ensure compliance with regulations governing the specifications and use of colours and colour blends manufactured or distributed by the company for all laboratories in Europe
  • Review and approve testing methods for colours manufactured by the company
  • Report to the VP Global Colour Applications and R&D, who based in US, and performs any other related job assigned. Has administrative reporting to the Regional CEO-Europe
  • Relocation maybe required to the European facility


  • Strongly motivated, self-starter, with strong business acumen and entrepreneurial attitude
  • Must be credible and professional in all communications and activities
  • Highly trustworthy and strong transparent communicator
  • Work well in a team but is able to work and manage their own workload without local supervision
  • Must be highly organised
  • Works well with short timelines and multiple tasks


  • Minimum MSc in Chemistry, Food Science, Food Engineering, or related field
  • Four year degree or MBA or related area beneficial, but not required
  • Minimum 8 to 10 years of experience in the food or related industry. Or an equivalent combination of education and experience as noted above is acceptable.
  • Minimum five 5 years management experience, managing people and in project management
  • Experience with program/system planning, staff development, statistical reporting/analysis and cost/benefit analysis preferred
  • In-depth understanding and practical experience with production/manufacturing preferred
  • Ability to apply common-sense to solve problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Work requires excellent ability and skills to manage people, set goals and obtain positive results for competence development and the overall growth of the company
  • Work requires excellent written, verbal and group presentation communication skills


  • Competitive salary with benefits


  • Interviews will be remote by Skype or phone with final interviews taking place at the Head office with senior members of the company

TEL: +44 1865 257 252 for an informal discussion

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