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Product Development Specialist - Maternity Cover


Job description

We are looking for a new Product Development Specialist to join our team in Amsterdam! You will join as a maternity leave cover on a temporary contract (freelance or interim) from the beginning of August 2024 until mid-February 2025.

As one of the two Tony’s Product Development Specialists, your main goal is to develop new products for innovation and renovation projects. You lead the technical development process from briefing and creating samples in the kitchen, to first production and timely launch, while meeting Tony’s product and packaging principles and quality standards.

We are looking for a food scientist who is ready to bring their expertise and develop surprising chocolate products that delight choco fans around the world. If you have demonstrated, hands-on experience in developing products in the food industry, we want to hear from you!

You will be an essential part of our global product team in Amsterdam and report directly to the Product Development Manager. This is a unique opportunity to join a revolutionary team making serious impact in the chocolate industry!

What you will do:

  • You deliver products for innovation and renovation across various chocolate segments with different production techniques and manufacturing partners.
  • You bring development from concept brief to execution, from formulation in our kitchen, up until a successful first production. You work closely with our operations and quality teams and networks of co-manufacturers and suppliers to ensure new products can be manufactured, while meeting foods safety and quality regulations.
  • You ensure that projects are run smoothly and proactively suggest improvements. You conduct sensory evaluations for new and existing products to ensure quality and consistency, and to get director for further development.
  • You set up, prepare, execute and evaluate production trials, together with our teams and co-manufacturers. You identify and actively manage risk in projects in close collaboration with external and internal project managers.
  • You know how to translate a brief from the marketing team into product and pack attributes, and you make sure to always add some Tony’s magic to be able to disrupt in the category

Job requirements

  • You have 3+ years of experience in product development in the food sector. You bring in a deep understanding of food science, chemistry, technology and/or engineering.
  • You have experience managing complex projects successfully and simultaneously. You manage all resources effectively to drive projects timely and on-brief.
  • You come up with new and different innovation ideas, introduce new ways to look at challenging briefs, and get energy from putting creative ideas into practice.
  • You feel confident under pressure and when finding solutions to complex challenges. You maintain a positive attitude despite adversity.
  • You are available for a 32–40-hour contract, either on an interim or freelance basis, for 6-7 months, starting from August 2024.
  • We are all about being more in person than apart; this means we offer flexibility but see each other in the Amsterdam office on average 3 days a week. More is fine!
  • Raise the bar. Challenge yourself and team Tony’s to increase our ambition and to accomplish our mission. Make mistakes along the way and learn from them.
  • Believe wholeheartedly in Tony’s mission. You live our core values: outspoken, willful, entrepreneurial and makes you smile.

Sounds like you?

Are you passionate about making a difference in the world? Look no further! If you're ready to take the chocolate industry to new heights with us, we'd love to hear from you! Please send your direct application, no agencies. We can't wait to hear from you!

Everybody is welcome to apply. From classics to limited editions, we know that different flavors make life more inspiring. And not just in our chocolate assortment. At Tony’s, we welcome everyone with equal enthusiasm – regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, disability or veteran status. Crazy about chocolate, serious about people.

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands