Job area
Research & Development
Fermentation nutrients
Maisons-Alfort, France
Contract type
Permanent Contract
+10 years

Job description

The Development & Application Director manages the Development & Application team of the BU Procelys and is responsible for running applications, product development and technical support to sales. Reporting to the Procelys General Manager, he/she is a member of the Leadership team of the Business Unit and manages a team of 20 persons (2 global managers, 3 lead scientists, 8 lab scientists, 4 technical supports and 3 innovation project managers) with the following responsibilities:

Organize and Manage the BU Technical Team

  • Is responsible to develop a lean and efficient organization of the technical community of Procelys BU including people management and development, routines and interactions, KPIs and tools & processes.
  • Manage
    • The global applications manager who runs three labs in Maisons-Alfort (France), Cedar Rapids (USA) and Laibin (China)
    • The global technical support manager with reports in all regions
    • The innovation team (3 project managers)

Develop the expertise level of the 4 regional Technical support managers supporting customers next to sales managers,

  • Interact with stakeholders (R+I, Pilot, Production, Industrial Department, Quality Assurance and Quality control, Regulatory) to ensure Procelys interest are being heard and considered.

Develop expertise and resources to support Procelys business strategy

  • Translate the business needs into a concrete development plan and ensure strong support to business (customers, sales & marketing team, R+I)
  • Foster joint projects with customers   
  • Scout internally to develop the resources efficiently, allocate and prioritize strongly
  • Prepare annual budgets (Innovation projects, LAB Capex & Opex, External cooperation)
  • Monitor and reports resource consumptions (LAB OPEX, R&D time consumed, external contract execution), deliverables quality (reports, results) and timelines

Ensure Procelys excellence and reputation support business strategy

  • Organize and prioritize operationally BU technical resources in order to achieve our business goals in coordination with the Marketing Director and the Business Directors
  • Ensure a technical support that brings a high-valued service for our customers,
  • Maintain our expertise level in Strategic applications at desired level via internalization of the competence or via partnerships

Safety, Health, Ethics, Confidentiality, Regulatory and Consistency  

  • Ensure that LAB’s are operating according to group safety, health and environmental standards and increase safety cultures across the whole Business units
  • Ensure the Technical department operates with the highest level of scientific standards and ethically (data quality and Data integrity)
  • Create an infrastructure with the IT Department to ensure that results generated by the application group are electronically available (Electronic notebook, scientific reports …) and of high quality
  • Ensure data are treated adequately to retain intellectual properties rights and support IP / Patent Department if required to generate data for patent writing or patent opposition



The Development and Application Director will:

  • hold preferably a PhD or Master/Engineering degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry or Bioprocess Engineering.
  •  have at least 10 years’ experience in managing R&D or industrial pilot activity preferably obtained through practice in multiple R&D, pilot or production functions in the biotechnology industry.

Skills & Competencies:

  • Experience in organizing and managing fermentation / microbiology laboratory and development team preferably in a strong multi-cultural context
  • Scientific and technical knowledge in biotechnology at different scales (R&D, pilot and production level)
  • Experiences in developing and providing services to industries (CDMO, CMO, Biopharma, Probiotics…) or in joint-development projects
  • Self-motivated, self-started and organized personality
  • Ability to prioritize and make decisions
  • Good communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written in English (and French)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; strong ability to build and maintain operational contacts, capable of adapting style and tone according to the situation, culture and audience
  • Expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Design of Experiments, LAB automation is a strong plus

Company description

A key global player in fermentation for more than a century, Lesaffre, with a 2,2 billion Euros turnover, and established on all continents, has 11,000 employees and more than 90 nationalities. On the strength of this experience and diversity, we work with customers, partners and researchers to find ever more relevant answers to the needs of food, health, naturalness and respect for our environment. Thus, every day, we explore and reveal the infinite potential of microorganisms.

To nourish 9 billion people, in a healthy way, in 2050 by making the most of our planet’s resources is a major and unprecedented issue. We believe that fermentation is one of the most promising answers to this challenge.

Lesaffre – Working together to better nourish and protect the planet


Procelys aims to support the biotechnology industry by providing nutrients and expertise to improve growth and productivity of microorganisms and cell culture. 

This Lesaffre’s Business Unit develops a wide range of specific fermentation nutrients designed for Biopharma, Food & Feed Bioingredients, Food cultures & Probiotics, Renewable Chemicals and Biocontrol industries. Strengthened by being a part of Lesaffre and drawing upon its expertise worldwide, Procelys fosters a strong proximity with its customers.