Group Food Safety Specialist at Royal Zeelandia Group


Royal Zeelandia Group is a global player in the bakery ingredients business, with 3500 employees worldwide and its Headquarters located in Zierikzee, The Netherlands. Founded in 1900 by the Dutch family Doeleman, Zeelandia has more than 120 years of experience, with operations in more than 25 countries and sales in about 100 countries. Together with their customers – industrial bakeries, small artisanal bakeries and midsized bakeries – they explore the world of bakery. Zeelandia’s product portfolio is divided into 3 main categories; bread ingredients, pastry ingredients and release agents. At Zeelandia, the expertise on Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, Raw Material Specification Management and Safety/Health/Environment is recently brought together into one department called QESHR. They aim to further professionalize the QESHR functional areas to expand collaboration, remove duplication and improve cross-functional governance throughout the 25 Zeelandia operating countries worldwide. Since the QESHR team is expanding, we are looking for a Group Food Safety Specialist. You, as a member of this team will work in an international, professional environment on Food Safety specifically. In this role you will be setting up guidelines for future standardisations, and organizing and coordinating the execution of the food safety process to adhere to GFSI standards.


  • Bachelor degree in Food Technology or a similar educational background
  • Working experience in a comparable position
  • Knowledge of and experience working with food safety standards, preferably also on allergen management
  • Knowledge of international food safety standards and quality systems
  • Comfortable working in an international business environment, taking part and/or lead (group) projects, and sharing knowledge with group members on food safety
  • Is flexible and willing to travel in Europe (5% of your time); Zeelandia offers the possibility for hybrid working
  • Excellent in communication both in writing and verbally, fluent in English, additional languages preferred
  • Personal skills: self-starter, well organised, team player, Ambition to grow, analytical, and perseverance.


  • Responsible for managing the food safety process at a group level, by developing, implementing and maintaining an allergen management, food defense and food fraud structure
  • Create, harmonize and maintain food safety policies, guidelines, procedures
  • Set standards for allergen management such as a toolbox
  • Perform and implement food fraud and food defense risk analysis, frameworks and methodologies
  • Help create a (food) safety culture together with the SHE manager that promotes (food) safety awareness
  • Evaluate and report on GFSI audits and propose improvements
  • Work closely with the QESHR team members and the QESHR-QA colleagues in the operating companies
  • Part of the Group QESHR team and reporting to the Group QA Manager.

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If you are interested in this position, please contact Harmen van Essen, telephone: +31 (0)317-468686 / +31 (0)6-47835354 or apply through our website or e-mail your written application to
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