QA Manager - Zaandam

Function Group: Quality/RA / QA Manager


Exter is a leading global supplier of specialty (added-value) savoury taste ingredients to major global food manufacturers. Their ingredients are known for over 70 years for quality, cost effectiveness and innovation, providing customers with a broad array of customised solutions to enhance consumer differentiation. The company has experienced tremendous growth since their divesture and MBO (Management Buy Out) several years ago from a leading publicly traded, best in class, value added ingredient supplier. The business is niche oriented and is well positioned for strategic growth, building on its existing customer base and demand for their products and services. Exter has a worldwide network of distributors and dedicated sales forces to support their long-term growth objectives.

We are focused around our customers and have six regional sales offices. Those sales offices are closely linked to our technical application centers in Zaandam and Bangkok and we are opening up a technical application center in Shanghai. Our production sites to serve our customers are in Zaandam – Netherlands and in Bangkok – Thailand.


Further development and maintenance of the existing quality management system

  • Coordinate and/or write appropriate procedures and maintain the quality management system document control
  • Deploy processes and procedures within the organisation
  • Coordinate and perform internal audits
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of the organisation

Control product quality

  • Ensure that all shipments to customers meet customer expectations and product specifications
  • Handle quality issues and complaints, and actively support product surveillance

Support sales

  • Support the sales department with answering technical questions and questionnaires


  • At least a Bachelor degree in food sciences or food technology
  • At least three to five years proven experience with quality management system requirements within the food industry
  • Excellent communication skills in English, conceptual ability, sensitivity to customers and authorities
  • Organisational skills are a must
  • Leadership skills
  • Self-starter, pro-active and hands-on mentality
  • Audit experience is highly preferred
  • Strong relationship builder, who operates at multiple levels
  • Ability to work together with people from different levels in the organisation and cultures


This position offers, next to a competitive salary and secondary employee benefits, the chance to work in a challenging, dynamic and innovative international environment with responsibilities within a small quickly growing company. Exter operates on the market for savoury ingredients worldwide. Besides a dynamic working environment with professionals and a growing business you will get the chance to expand your own abilities on a professional and a personal level.


Are you interested in this role or you want to know more? Don’t hesitate to contact me through my contact details below.

Kelly van der Laan
Senior Associate | Food (Science)


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