Lead Engineer

Permanent employee, Full-time · Bergen op Zoom

Do you want to be part of a global revolution in food & feed? For the roll out of our new production facilities we are looking for a Lead Engineer who wants to join us in leading the ‘ento-revolution’. 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?

As the Lead Engineer you are the spider in the web of all technology development activities. In the large capital projects you will be one of the first engineers to be introduced to the new projects. You will generally be responsible for supervision and technical direction over a team of engineers and designers when functioning as a lead engineer. As lead engineer, you will be responsible for total delivery of the structural deliverables and services on time, within performance budget and meeting quality expectations. Your initial role is to translate the requirements into an overall mass balance, and set up a concept which aligns with the business goals in the project definition, aligning the stakeholders to ensure the design fulfills all targets with a suitable scope.

After this, you will be the heart of the engineering team, combining the input of the team members into a comprehensive, integrated set of deliverables which will guide us through the stage gate process. Together with the design manager you will be the first point of contact to the engineering consultant’s team when it comes to design matters, reviews and validations of engineering documents.

Outside of projects you will support the overarching development of the different concepts. Overseeing the connections between all different process areas.

What will be your responsibilities?

Key responsibilities

  • Manage the technical scope of the large CAPEX projects and align with the company, department and project targets and goals.

  • Set-up and manage the mass and energy balances and the overall PFD of our new facilities.

  • Define mechanical and electrical standards for Protix.

  • Apply Protix standards within the overall plant design.

  • Ensure that engineering deliverables meet the required quality standards.

  • Manage the interfaces between the different workstreams in the project, ensure the smooth communication between the various disciplines of the project and ensure overall integration between all functional areas.

  • Be the first point of contact for technical issues for our engineering (EPC(M)) partners in the large scale CAPEX projects and manage the proper flow of information to the internal stakeholders.

  • Manage and safeguard the battery limits within the total design.

  • Closely collaborate with the operational team as the senior user.

Main performance objectives of the role

  • Lead the technical development of our new insect production facilities.

  • Ensure newly developed technologies are embedded in the concept of new production facilities.

  • Knowing your scope and deliverables. Initiating timely change notices when deviation is made from your scope, affecting either schedule, deliverables or cost of the work.

  • Coach and support the leads of the underlying work streams on a technical level.

  • Ensure the proper technical documentation is delivered by the project team.

  • Integrate the technical documentation into a single, complete and integrated package

  • Act as a sparring partner for technical challenges throughout the company.

  • Technical mentor for the less experienced colleagues.

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') 

  • 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 €0.24 per km 

Who are you?
  • MSc/BSc degree in engineering, business administration, or similar experience.

  • Experience in the development of production and processing lines, preferably in the feed or food industry.

  • Fluent in English (both verbal and in writing), Dutch proficiency is a preference..

  • A general interest in nature and technology.

  • Hands-on person that loves to be with boots on the ground.

  • Natural tendency to take the lead/ownership for highly complex problems.

  • Excellent communication skills.

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 love to connect with you! Apply and connect with us on LinkedIn to stay on top of our mission. 
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 jobs@protix.eu 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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