Global Operations Manager Analytical Systems - Amsterdam

Function Group: Quality/RA / QC Manager


For AAK we are seeking to appoint a Global Operations Manager Analytical Systems to report directly to the Global Operations Director for quality assurance, food safety and analytical systems. AAK has more than 140 years of experience of innovating and customising solutions based on vegetable oils and fats. In close collaboration with their customers, they use their expertise to create added value across the food, confectionery, and cosmetics industries.


In this role you will define a standard analytical level for AAK global operations by setting actions and targets for AAK operating units globally and defining the appropriate governance. This role involves traveling between AAK sites and can be based in either Denmark or the Netherlands.

To accomplish this goal a few of your core responsibilities are managing the global analytical systems team, ensuring training and development needs of the team are met and supported, administer best practices and promote the highest level of performance across in AAK’s global operating units with a focus on QC activities, define analytical standards and processes across AAK’s operating units and oversee successful implementation, manage and support development of AAK’s global analytical strategy and involvement in major CAPEXs, Greenfields, Brownfield when relevant.


  • Masters degree in a related subject, preferred in analytical management or chemistry
  • Extensive experience working within a highly regulated environment, ideally food, pharmaceutical or medical
  • Proven experience of managing laboratories and QC teams, able to demonstrate strong leadership abilities and a record of training and developing a team
  • Experience harmonising and standardising lab practices and methods
  • Able to demonstrate the development and implementation of quality control systems and techniques
  • Previous experience managing projects and achieving results
  • Strong influencing and critical thinking abilities, able to make timely and confident decisions
  • Good understanding and experience working with statistics and statistical process control
  • Ability to travel between AAK sites


  • An interesting and stimulating work environment
  • A good secondary package, depending on the country you will be based
  • A salary between € 70.000 – € 120.000 a year depending on your experience


If you are interested in this job, or in similar ones, please feel free to contact me directly.

Kelly van der Laan
Senior Associate | Food (Sciences)


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