R&D Product developer

Ontex - Buggenhout


R&D project management to improve the life of consumers

R&D project management to improve the life of consumers

Ontex is expanding its R&D team. In this key role you will work in an innovative environment where you will be involved in challenging projects and collaborate closely with an international team.

        R&D project management – core of the organization – international collaboration

  • With more than 10.000 employees working at Ontex, you will become part of the very core of the organization where you provide a significant contribution to improving the quality of life at consumer level.
  • You are one of the leaders in improving and developing new or existing hygiene products for adults.
  • The challenging product innovations that you manage lie within an international scope and in close cooperation with plants, suppliers, purchasing, product management, engineering, legal, sales & marketing, ...
  • You will become part of the main knowledge center for adult care products with a team of 5 R&D developers and 4 lab employees.
  • You play a central role in developing and improving products that enhance people’s quality of life, allowingyou to have a positive impact on daily lives.
  • You build and maintain business relationships with suppliers and external agencies; you understand their portfolio and capabilities.
  • Most of the time, you will be working in the Ontex Plant in Buggenhout and reporting to the R&D Manager Retail Brands, based in Ontex Buggenhout.

    Team oriented – project management skills – innovative 

  • You hold at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering or science (chemical, bioscience, textiles,...) or have relevant work experience.
  • You have at least 3 years experience in project management or as an R&D engineer/project manager.
  • You have fluent communication skills in English. Knowledge of Dutch is a plus.
  • You are dynamic, a real team player and focused on quality (ISO-standards,...)
  • You are interested in developing and innovating adult care products to improve the lives of consumers.
  • You are willing to travel to other Ontex plants a few times a year.

    What Ontex has to offer

  • A unique environment where local and international talents from across the globe work together.
  • An attractive salary package: fringe benefits, a company car,...
  • By creating and improving products in Ontex’ core line, you fill a niche in the market and make a real difference within the organization and for the consumers.
  • Ontex is a people company: the “Ontex Guide for Growth” makes personal growth possible for employees, for example with a 5 Chairs Training (training courses in 12 different countries around the world).
  • An innovative work environment: Ontex’ outstanding innovative work was awarded the “Factory of the Future Award” in 2019 and the “Engineer of the Year Award” in 2018.
  • A non-hierarchical work culture; everyone is easily approachable.
  • Pleasant working atmosphere in a young and dynamic cross-functional R&D team with challenging projects on an international level (R&D plants around the world).

We look forward to hearing from you

Ontex is working in collaboration with Mercuri Urval, specialists in Executive Search, Professional Recruitment and Talent Advisory. This recruitment is exclusively performed by Mercuri Urval. Please click the Apply button to send your CV (ref.no. BE-05583). For additional information please contact Sophia Claes via sophia.claes@mercuriurval.com or +32 (0)3 281 15 50.

About the company

Ontex is a leading international producer of personal hygiene solutions for the care of babies, women and adults. Their qualitative products are distributed in more than 110 countries through leading retailer private labels, as well as under their own brands. Ontex has built an international business with 29 offices and 19 manufacturing plants in Europe, North Africa, Australia, the Middle East and the Americas, with 11.000 employees spread around the world. With their 9 R&D centers worldwide, they are at the forefront of sustainable development and innovation. Innovation is one of the key strategic pillars at Ontex and is focused on developing products that meet consumer needs. Ontex uses market trends and research combined with technical, customer and consumer insights and creativity to drive new product development and upgrades, while maintaining a focus on cost-effectiveness and efficiency.

Ontex believes that sustainable business practices contribute to genuine business success and one of their goals is to be carbon neutral by 2030. As part of this goal, they have switched to 100% green electricity in all their European sites.