Innovation Engineer

Permanent employee, Full-time · Dongen

Do you want to be part of a global revolution in food & feed? We are looking for a Innovation Engineer to develop new plants in an industry that is on the verge of taking over the food chain. Are you ambitious and do you want to be part of our mission and growth? Join us and work for the future.
What will your mission be?
The goal is to roll-out several large scale insect production facilities worldwide in the coming years. We make this possible with an engineering team within Protix which is multidisciplinary in nature. In your role as Innovation Engineer you will be part of the Engineering and Technology team. The engineering and technology team is responsible for all processes and systems within new and existing production facilities. We improve on existing BSF processes and develop new production processes to improve our competitive advantage in the future. Furthermore, we represent Protix in the client role for execution of these large scale CAPEX projects. The team consists of project engineers, technologists and subject matter experts, who together ensure a smooth functioning machine.
What will be your responsibilities?
You’ll be the authority in your field of expertise by
  • Advising on the long term goals and development routes, leading concept developments in line with these goals, involving the different departments like R&D and equipment development.
  • Supporting brown- and greenfield projects with technical input, owning the process specifications for these projects. In the case of development projects, you might act as the leader of that specific project.
  • Gathering and maintaining knowledge on your subject by visiting relevant seminars and fairs, reading literature and keeping track of our competitor’s developments
  • Harvesting the fruits of our internal operational knowledge and experience, by visiting our production facilities and determining the feasibility of site best practice initiatives and assisting to establish deployment plans across other sites 
  • Sharing the knowledge by providing (internal) training and developing guidelines and standards for future projects
What do we promise?
  • You will become part of our mission: 'Food in balance with nature!'  
  • You get the opportunity to work 2 or 3 days from home 
  • A varied job where you can make the difference within a driven and inspiring team 
  • There is an employee participation plan ('piece of the Protix pie')  
  • The possibility to work flexible  
  • A fast moving, entrepreneurial and sustainable work environment  
  • There is a lot of room to take responsibility and to develop yourself further
  • After 5 years, you may go on sabbatical for 6 weeks. We pay 50% for your time out! 
  • Do you come by bike? Then you will also receive an allowance of €0.19 per km. Public transport is also fully reimbursed. 
Who are you?
  • Bachelor or Master's degree, in mechanical or process engineering (or similar
  • >10 years of relevant working experience
  • Living in The Netherlands and fluent in English and Dutch
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • You are result-driven and you have a long-term focus
  • Self-starting and enterprising
  • You work best in multidisciplinary teams
  • You communicate your (new) ideas easily on different levels
  • Connecting and communicating with different stakeholders and suppliers
  • You are proactive, see new opportunities and dare to challenge yourself and the team 
About us
We are on the brink of a global insect revolution. Protix is a fast-growing company and is leading this 'ento revolution' as an industry leader. Since 2009, our life mission has been to bring the food system back into balance with nature.   
With high-tech solutions, artificial intelligence, genetic enhancement programs and robotics, we produce the ingredient of the future : insects.    
The black soldier fly is a key player in bringing our mission to life. Their larvae provide us with a unique source of protein that is processed into feed for pets, fish, piglets and chickens, among others.  
Our values are a reflection of our culture. We are always looking for new talent who will go for the next step with us and recognize themselves in our values. Choosing Protix is a conscious choice, because it is important that our values also fit you. We care about our planet, are innovative & curious, open minded, diverse and always go for the best result.   
Do you want to work for the future and be part of our revolution? We would like to get in touch with you! Apply and connect with us on LinkedIn to keep up to date with our mission.  
It is good to know that for us your motivation and the match with our company is key. That is why we do not accept applicants who send only their CV without any motivation. 
About us
We are looking for innovators! Operator, engineer, researcher, designer – if you want to work towards a better world, we are looking for you. We are at the eve of forming a global insect industry and Protix is leading the revolution. Through combining biology and technology, we create high-quality insect ingredients to bring the food system back in balance with nature. We are growing rapidly and are always looking for great new people. From mechanical engineers to process operators and research & development: you can find all our vacancies on this page.

Don’t see a vacancy but do recognize yourself in our profile? Send us your resume on we’d love to find a place for you. We are always looking for talented employees willing to work in one of our teams towards our mission.



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