Head of Business Unit (m/f/d) Ingredient Systems

Date: Jul 2, 2024

Location: Darmstadt, DE

Company: Döhler Group

Reference ID: 40952


Are you interested in high-quality, natural, and tasty nutrition? We are! It’s our ambition to shape the future of nutrition.


Döhler is a leading global producer of natural ingredients and solutions for the food, beverage, lifestyle and nutrition industries. We use innovative technology to process plant-based raw materials and enrich products such as lifestyle drinks, cereals, dairy, and confectionery goods for almost every well-known brand. Close to 10.000 dedicated employees in more than 70 countries share one common goal - to ensure that millions of people around the world enjoy the products created by us.

We strive to inspire and empower our employees in everything we do, and we invite you to join our team – together WE BRING IDEAS TO LIFE.


Your Role

The Head of Business Unit Ingredient Systems is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and management of the global business unit. This role defines the global strategy and business development plan to drive profitable growth and to expand market share. The position reports to the Head of Division.


Your Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement the business strategy for the global Ingredient Systems business including the product portfolio, business development, supply chain, pricing, innovation, and the overall growth initiatives
  • Define a sustainable, profitable roadmap to drive the business and revenue growth in line with the customer requirements, while ensuring it is in line with the Doehler business value
  • Lead and develop a team of product managers
  • Drive innovation projects and pipelines through to the commercialization stage
  • Build a strong working relationship with the product organization and the respective internal stakeholders within our global matrix organization
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with our customers to build a deeper understanding of their needs, workflows, and business challenges
  • Support customer visits with the sales team and take over public appearances
  • Communicate up-to-date and aligned portfolio updates on all media incl. product portfolio displays within and outside of the organization
  • Ensure in-house trainings to foster a deeper understanding of the product portfolio and the positioning


Your Profile

  • Successful managerial track record in a similar international matrix organization focused on B2B Food & Beverage markets
  • Degree in food technology, general business administration or in a comparable subject area
  • Proven technological knowledge with a strong commercial drive, ideally experience in a project management function at a bottling plant
  • Proven track record creating and executing product roadmaps incrementally and sustainably
  • Strong customer mindset with demonstrated ability to engage directly and honestly with customers and deliver positive experience by creating a partnership mentality
  • Must be a strategic thinker with the ability to influence and drive business objectives while maintaining our company and people values
  • Very good understanding of current talent management practices with a great passion for people development
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Hands-on mentality and entrepreneurial thinking skills, capable of working well as part of a team as well as independently
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity, manage change and multiple priorities in a dynamic and ever-changing surrounding
  • Willingness to travel globally
  • Fluent Business English will be required. German or other additional languages highly beneficial


Your Benefits

  • Culture: Friendly and informal atmosphere, family-owned company, flat hierarchies, short communication channels, and helpful colleagues
  • Impact: You are an integral part of our business success and make an important contribution to the future of nutrition
  • Empowerment: You can fully unleash your potential and have the opportunity to take on responsibilities
  • Digitalization: We maintain excellent partnerships with market-leading innovators, allowing you to access and work with state-of-the-art technologies
  • Anniversary and special payments
  • Employee referral bonuses
  • Additional benefits: Christmas parties, events, financial benefits, and online shop discounts (e.g., IT leasing, mobile phone contracts, shopping, and travel discounts, etc.)
  • Welcome@Döhler: Onboarding event for all new colleagues, as well as several weeks of individual training 
  • Döhler Academy: You have the opportunity to continuously develop your education further through internal and external training programs
  • Food is taken care of: On-site cafeteria with regional and varied cuisine and complimentary drinks 
  • Stay fit: Take advantage of local sports offerings at reduced prices 
  • Mobility: Subsidized Germany ticket or JobRad 
  • Insurance benefits such as company pension plans and accident insurance 
  • Global growth trajectory: Challenging and internationally oriented work at our headquarters in Darmstadt
  • Attractive location in Darmstadt: Easily accessible by train, bus, on foot, or by car (free parking) 


Equal opportunities for all

We welcome applicants, who are just as diverse as we are - regardless of age, ancestry, disability, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, social background or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

Become a part of our team and apply online trough our career portal. Please note that we are unable to consider or return application documents sent by mail.