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Head of Biology Group Human Milk Oligosaccharides & Early Life Nutrition, Royal DSM/Glycom / 1751/ CLOSED

The Company
Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental, and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at

Head of Biology Group
Human Milk Oligosaccharides & Early Life Nutrition

  • World leading company within its field
  • You will lead the scientific HMO Group
  • Provide passionate thought leadership in Nutrition & Health
  • Part of the HMO Strategic Leadership team

The Challenge
As Head of Biology Group, you will be a key part of our diverse team in Hørsholm. You will lead the HMO Biology Group and be responsible for driving the strategy for research activities and innovation areas within Human Milk Oligosaccharides, for both infant and adult applications. You will work cross functionally and lead collaboration efforts with Innovation, Regulatory, Marketing, Commercial, IP stakeholders across DSM to deliver business and scientific projects and to ensure technical competence development.

Your role will also involve setting up external collaborations and innovation projects with knowledge institutes and/or other companies. You will present the interpretation of scientific data results internally and externally to globally operating project teams. Finally, your entrepreneurial spirit and commercial savviness will help you deliver to the needs, and effectively communicate with external clients and key business stakeholders.
In this role you will become a member of the HMO Strategic Leadership team with additional responsibility for joint site leadership and business ownership.

Your key responsibilities are:

  • Create and implement an HMO research strategy, based on commercial requirements and direction; form the basis for strategic management decisions that will impact the direction of HMO innovation and research
  • Collaborate with the team and colleagues in DSM on global and regional level, to set direction for development of research and innovation projects for HMOs. Ensuring that the research projects are running as planned and milestones are met
  • Responsible for driving research collaborations both, within academia and industry, including contract agreements
  • Together with IP set the strategy for patent application and protection within HMO biology
  • Continue working on HMO advocacy and the strategy related to this, including engagement with KOL – this work is done together with Nutritional Science Advocacy
  • Supporting research projects lead by Human Nutrition & Health R&D in DSM

You have a unique opportunity to join DSM and help create brighter lives for all, doing business the right way. You will join competent and passionate colleagues, who believe in teamwork and creating healthier, happier childhoods with HMOs. But it all starts with bright sciences and here you can put your mark, have great influence, and really make a difference with your knowledge. In your role you will refer to the to VP of HMO Innovation and Business Development DSM.

Your Talent
You have a MSc. and/or PhD. in Microbiology/ Food Technology/ Biological or Medical scientific related subjects.
7 + years’ professional experience working with Microbiome, gut health within Life Sciences. If you previously have been working related to the area of HMOs, this would be an advantage. You have experience in translating science into realistic applications, knowledge within research, innovation and commercialization and understanding of human pre -clinical and clinical trials according to GCP guidelines. You understand regulatory requirements for food ingredients, have experience in the management of work within projects (e.g., resources, costs etc.) and with design of educational seminars and forums.

As a person you bring a genuine passion to improve people’s lives and planet sustainability. You understand what it takes to bring new products to the market and have an entrepreneurial mindset. You are a team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. You have strong organizational and planning skills and attention to details and know that the capacity to prioritize is essential. You have good writing and presentation skills and are of course excellent in English – both written and verbal.

In exchange we offer a hybrid workplace that ensures flexibility to employees across the business and the chance to shape DSM and its impact for years to come. You will work together with diverse teams who aren’t afraid to think “out of the box”. A team that truly cares about sustainability, each other, and their customers. We offer a supportive environment where you’re empowered to grow and share your ideas. You will get the encouragement you need to develop and achieve and have a safe, inclusive workplace where you feel welcome.

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