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Product Development Specialist

The Netherlands

Product Development Specialist

  • Discipline: Technology
  • Location: The Netherlands
  • Educational attainment: Bachelor’s / Master’s degree
  • Hours: Full-time
  • Employment: Fixed contract
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Vincent van Rees
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What it's like to work here

You have some hands-on experience in a lab environment, and you’re excited for more. You are naturally interested in how products are made, and you would like to increase your technical expertise. Polymer extrusion and liquid coloring concentrates are techniques that you would like to further explore. At the same time, your drive for innovation appreciates the freedom to explore beyond a specific product portfolio.



What you'll be doing


Main Work

As a Product Development Specialist in Apeldoorn, you are continuously growing our collective expertise of coloring concentrates. You will work with a diverse range of applications: from solid to liquid. And from colors to additives. The diversity of products makes it challenging (and fun!) from a technical point of view.

The landscape of colorants is dynamic and evolving. To stay at the forefront of the industry, you will be supporting sustainability practices, enhancing recycling processes, and navigating complex legislation related to food contact materials. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing innovative coloring concentrates for coatings, sealants, and adhesives;
  • Giving workshops or presentations on products to inform colleagues;
  • Researching and testing to enhance color formulas and sustainability practices;
  • Providing technical support to customers, addressing their inquiries, and resolving issues;
  • Increasing your knowledge and becoming an expert in specialty products by following courses and taking part in conferences.

The Team

In Product Development at Holland Colours, collaboration is key. Our experienced team of 10 in The Netherlands is excited to welcome and guide a new member who is eager to learn everything about colors, additives, and extrusion technology.  The learning curve is steep, accompanied by a strong sense of camaraderie. We gather for lunch breaks at noon or go out for a walk together. You will work closely with:

  • Joost, with whom you will work on projects to improve sustainability aspects and troubleshooting analysis to help our customers.
  • Ezgi, with whom you will develop new products for food contact applications.
  • Miranda, who you may always challenge with good ideas and critical questions.

In addition to colleagues in our Apeldoorn lab facilities, you will regularly collaborate with your product development colleagues in the US and Indonesia. Internally, you will coordinate with product marketing, procurement, and operations to scale up and commercialize new products.

Your expertise will also greatly benefit our sales colleagues, who will rely on your technical support for both existing and new products, by either giving workshops or by joining them for a company visit.


What's in it for you

Our offer

As Product Development Specialist at Holland Colours in Apeldoorn you will play an important role in product innovation. For your dedication we offer:

  • A shareholder participation model as you become part of the Holland Colours family;
  • A steep learning curve - in a senior team - where you will develop expertise in specialized applications and evolve into a product specialist;
  • A lot of autonomy and freedom to speak up and make impactful decisions in a company with international presence;
  • The opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation in the colorant industry;
  • An end of year bonus, performance bonus, collective health insurance, and pension plan.

Job criteria:

Are you ready to create the best experience of colorants and additives for customers? As Product Development Specialist at Holland Colours in Apeldoorn, this is what you’ll need to bring:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in (Polymer) Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material science, or similar;
  • One or two years of experience in a lab setting;
  • Basic understanding in one of the following areas: formulation experience in coatings, sealants and adhesives, or knowledge about polymer extrusion techniques;
  • A keen interest in coloring concentrates;
  • Fluent in English language.
Work that matters

Celebrating Excellence: A World-Class Workplace

We've won the prestigious "World Class Workplace" award. This shows our commitment to fostering a supportive, inclusive, and dynamic work environment.

This award, was given to us by Effectory, an independent firm specializing in employee feedback research. This underscores the success of our efforts in creating a workplace where innovation thrives, and every team member feels valued and empowered. 

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About Holland Colours

Our employees are co-owners of the company. This is rooted in our culture: employees are engaged and in it for the long term. With this employee participation model, we are independent, and we can guarantee that we are living our purpose: helping our clients find a better way by working together. When things don’t go as planned, we always find new ways of working together. That is why we value accountability. If you take responsibility for what you do, things will work out in the end. You may work with a lot of freedom because we trust each other as colleagues. Decisions are made quickly because we are a relatively small company. This helps when we want to move fast in the changing additives and colorant industry.

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