Careers

People are our assets and we continue to build our colony of ants. Eager, strong, intrinsically motivated and hard working.
Please check our vacancies and contact us directly if you feel you want and should be part of our cause and company.

Our vacancies

Entomologist

Job description
Protix R&D is hiring an entomologist with experience in cultivation of insects in an industrial or academic setting. You will be responsible for uncovering drivers of insect behaviour and growth and translating these with the R&D team into solutions for production and engineering. There are opportunities in this position to publish research on safety and sustainability, and to present at conferences.
Applicants should be prepared to describe in detail work they have done to resolve issues in insect production or to uncover drivers of insect behaviour. Acceptable forms of description might be discussing published research results or providing a case study from their production experience.

Minimum experience / education qualifications
• Experience growing insects
• Background in entomology

General skill and qualifications
• A genuine interest in nature and technology
• Demonstrated ability to resolve issues that arise in insect production or uncover drivers of insect behaviour.
• Willingness to travel a few times a year.
• The working language in Protix R&D is English and this position is open to non-EU citizens with qualifying skills.

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Junior product designer

Job description
As junior designer you will support the engineering team by detailing ideas and translating sketches into detailed 3D designs and 2D drawings. You participate in the design process for the different projects. You have knowledge of fabrication technologies for series production (especially in injection molding and welding technology). Furthermore, you’ll be responsible for requesting quotations at potential suppliers. Questions regarding the design and quotation requests will pass through you primarily.

Minimum experience / education qualifications
• ‘MBO’ mechanical engineering, or industrial product design (or comparable) with at least 5 years of experience
• Or a BSc. degree in mechanical engineering mechanical engineering or industrial product design (or comparable)
• Good written and oral communication skills in English
• Knowledge of, and skill in 3D CAD software (Solidworks)
• General computer literacy as MS Office

General skill and qualifications
• A general interest in nature and technology
• No nine-to-five mentality
• Hands on approach
• Strong communicator

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Process Engineer

Job description
The goal of this function is to create insect processing facilities on a high level. As a member of the engineering team, you will report to the head of engineering. Together with the Protix team you will be responsible for managing the technical aspects of large scale projects, such as designing and developing factory layouts for insect processing purposes. These responsibilities cover all phases of development, from brainstorming and evaluating concepts through troubleshooting and support on the factory floor. This role requires attention to the big picture as well as the details that make a difference. We are looking for an energetic, highly self-motivated, and detail-oriented System Engineer with a demonstrated ability to conceive and lead the development of custom insect breeding automation solutions.

Minimum experience / education qualifications:
• A Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent combination of Bachelor’s degree and technical experience.
• At least 5 years of engineering experience, preferably within the field of Process Engineering
• Experience defining and specifying complex systems on an abstract level.
• Well-versed in managing technical interfacing between supplying parties
• Experience in processing technologies of feed, food, animal or plant derived proteins and fats, concentration, isolation and/or purification of nutrients will be a plus.

General Skills and qualifications
• Must be an autonomous self-starter, who works well within a team and has a positive attitude. Team input and providing and receiving feedback are important linchpins.
• Is a creative thinker, results oriented and attentive to detail and accuracy.
• Must have the ability to prioritize, multi-task while still meet deadlines.
• Is sharp, quick, dedicated and an innovative problem solver.
• Has continuous self-improvement as a core value.
• Must be organized, detail oriented, and able to think designs through completely.
• Must have strong problem solving skills, is a hands-on individual with prudence.
• Has general computer literacy such as MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook).
• Has excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

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Project Support Officer (Chinese speaking)

Job description
As Project Support Officer you will be part of the Projects and Engineering team at Protix and will offer vital support to the Project team. You are a highly-organized, dynamic professional your responsibilities will be inextricably tied to the success of the project. Driving everything forward from planning to implementation, your actions will directly influence the quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the project. As the project manager’s right hand, you will play an important role in project planning and risk and issue management. Moreover, you will log, manage and analyze information on project progress and budget. You are an excellent communicator and will be preparing progress reports and liaising with all key stakeholders.

Minimum experience / education qualifications
• BSc degree in engineering, business administration, or similar experience.
• Experience in large scale capital projects (preferable building factories, plants, production lines)
• Fluent in English (both verbal and in writing)
• Fluent in Chinese
• Dutch would be an asset

General skill and qualifications
• A general interest in nature and technology
• No nine-to-five mentality
• Ability to assume responsibility, interface and communicate effectively with others a must.
• Must be proficient in MS Office.
• Hands on approach

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Assistent Financial Controller (NL)

Functiebeschrijving
Wij zijn op zoek naar een Assistent Financial Controller.
Als Assistent Financial Controller bij Protix rapporteer je aan de financieel directeur en krijg je te maken met alle facetten van de administratieve organisatie. Jij ziet het als een uitdaging om de administratieve processen en informatievoorziening te verbeteren en je neemt hier een proactieve rol in.

Minimum ervaring /opleiding
• afgeronde HBO-opleiding in financiële richting; en
• minimaal twee jaar relevante werkervaring.

Algemene vaardigheden en kwalificaties
• ‘hands-on’ ingesteld, gestructureerd, kritisch en analytisch;
• flexibele en pro-actieve team-player;
• uitstekende beheersing van MS Excel en Exact Globe;
• goede beheersing van Nederlands en Engels in woord en geschrift; en
• je vindt het leuk en uitdagend om in een jonge ondernemende omgeving te werken.

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Procurement Officer

Job description
As Procurement Officer you will be part of the Projects and Engineering team at Protix and will offer vital support to the Project team. For the realization of our new facility, we are looking for an experienced Procurement Manager to manage the supply of products and services. This includes everything from supply of raw materials and energy contracts to plant equipment and construction contractors. Procurement Manager responsibilities include strategizing to find cost-effective deals and suppliers, contracting and fulfillment.

Minimum experience / education qualifications
• Minimum 5 years proven working experience in procurement, engineering or similar
• Experience with large capital projects in feed, food or process industries is a pre
• Knowledge of sourcing and procurement techniques as well as a dexterity in “reading” the market
• Strong network in manufacturing, climate, processing, warehousing suppliers is a benefit
• BSc degree in supply chain management, logistics, engineering or business administration

General skill and qualifications
• A genuine interest in nature and technology
• Talent in negotiations and networking. Strong relationship management with suppliers is key.
• Aptitude in decision-making and working with numbers
• No nine-to-five mentality
• Ability to assume responsibility, interface and communicate effectively with others a must
• Must be proficient in MS Office

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CAD Engineer

Job description

In the role of CAD engineer you will be part of the multidisciplinary engineering team of Protix. You will be responsible for creating and maintaining the site layouts for the future plants. Furthermore you will be designing, detailing and drawing equipment, needed for insect production.

Minimum experience / education qualifications

  • MBO’ mechanical engineering, with at least 5 years of experience
  • Or a BSc. degree in mechanical engineering mechanical engineering (or comparable)
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of, and skill in 2D CAD (AutoCAD or Draftsight) and 3D CAD software (SolidWorks)
  • General computer literacy as MS Office

General Skills and qualifications

  • A general interest in nature and technology
  • No nine-to-five mentality
  • Hands on approach
  • Strong communicator

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HVAC Engineer

Job description

To maintain our lead in the insect industry we are looking to expand our knowledge in the understanding, design and control of our climate systems.

This includes analyzing the currently installed systems, proposing upgrades and developing new, more sustainable systems for current and future facilities. Sizing of heating and cooling equipment, sizing and layout of ducting, determining and optimizing airflows will be part of your daily job.

Optimal use of available resources and thereby reducing our footprint is one of the main goals of future facilities.

Minimum experience / education qualifications

• A BSc. or MSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering

• Experience in engineering of HVAC systems and sustainable energy and waste solutions

General Skills and qualifications

• Must be an autonomous self-starter, who works well within a team and has a positive attitude. Team input and providing and receiving feedback are important linchpins.

• Is a creative thinker, results oriented and attentive to detail and accuracy.

• Must have the ability to prioritize, multi-task while still meet deadlines.

• Is sharp, quick, dedicated and an innovative problem solver.

• Has continuous self-improvement as a core value.

• Must be organized, detail oriented, and able to think designs through completely.

• Must have strong problem solving skills, is a hands-on individual with prudence.

• Has general computer literacy such as MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook).

• Has excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

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HR Manager

Job description
We are looking for an eager HR Manager that can join the Protix team. Protix is still at the start of developing and professionalizing its HR environment and you are the person that is going to take the lead and make this work. Your role will be both day to day as also being involved in the strategic aspects of HR. Together with the management team you will help developing, managing and retaining the talented workforce of Protix.

Minimum experience / education qualifications
• Education: Bachelor and/or Master degree
• At least 3 years of human resource experience, preferably as an HR Business Partner or advisor. Working knowledge of HR database systems, the international employment law and human policies is a plus.

General Skills and qualifications
• Enthusiastic, flexible team player
• High level of self-motivation, someone who is able to define structure and prioritize
• Preference to work in a young entrepreneurial environment
• Excellent administrative skills
• Both good in speaking and writing in Dutch and English
• Hands-on mentality, structured, critical and analytical
• Flexible and pro-active working attitude
• High personal integrity and ability to maintain confidentiality

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Production Manager

Job description

Protix is hiring a production manager. This exciting position will be responsible for a smooth start-up of our huge insect breed / rearing and processing facility in the heart of Brabant.  You start with learning the art of insect breeding in our pilot facility in Dongen, while being part of the preparation for the new facility. You are a high performing and agile problem solver who can work within a high degree of freedom with strong interpersonal skills.

Minimum experience / education qualifications

  • Bsc or Msc in relevant degree e.g. food science, biochemistry, process engineering
  • 3 year in a managerial position
  • Experience with continuous improvement programs such as Lean / Six Sigma

General Skills and qualifications

  • A genuine interest in nature and technology
  • No nine-to-five mentality
  • Planning and organization skills to be able run and monitor the production process
  • The ability to act decisively and solve issues quickly in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • The ability to communicate clearly and persuasively with your team, managers and clients;
  • The ability to work under pressure and motivate others to meet tight deadlines;
  • Fluent in both Dutch and English

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Production Systems Software Developer

Job description

Protix R&D is hiring a software developer with experience in implementing applications for end users; ideally in production settings. R&D has developed a large body of analytics software to assist in the growing of insects and flow management of the production process. You will be responsible for realizing the benefits of the existing and new analytics software in a production-facing software. You will also assist in quick prototyping to accelerate R&D activities. This role is likely to quickly expand to managing a team as the body of code for the applications products grows. As such, from the beginning you are expected to take a strong role in guiding the vision Protix software. Your work will contribute directly to the scaling of sustainable insect nutrient recovery from food waste by making the techniques of efficient production available to more producers.

Minimum experience / education qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent level in a related field
  • Knowledge of programming control systems languages such as .Net and C#
  • Experience in integrating software systems to hardware
  • Experience with process control systems
  • Experience leading a software development project which delivered to end users
  • Knowledge of SQL/PostgreSQL
  • Experience with Python is a plus
  • Experience in implementing analytics solutions in user-facing applications is a plus
  • Experience in visual imaging is a plus
  • Affinity with IT and Ethernet networks

 

General Skills and qualifications

  • A genuine interest in nature and technology
  • No nine-to-five mentality
  • Planning and organization skills to be able run and monitor the production process
  • The ability to act decisively and solve issues quickly in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • The ability to communicate clearly and persuasively with your team, managers and clients
  • The ability to work under pressure and motivate others to meet tight deadlines
  • Fluent in English

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Operator (NL)

Algemene beschrijving
Voor onze productielocatie in Dongen zijn we op zoek naar een operator. In Dongen wordt sinds 2015 waardevolle nutriënten terug gewonnen uit laagwaardige stromen afkomstig uit de voedselindustrie. Hiervoor worden insecten gebruikt. Gezien het vernieuwende karakter en dat de locatie nog niet op 100% van zijn capaciteit draait, wordt er een hoge mate van flexibiliteit verwacht van de medewerker. Het huidige ploegensysteem is gebaseerd op 2 ploegendienst maar aanwezigheid in het weekend is integraal onderdeel van het rooster. Ook zal het rooster worden uitgebreid in toekomst.

Streven van de positie:
Het kweken van insecten en verwerken van eiwitten en vetten uit insecten
volgens opgestelde protocollen tot hoogwaardige eindproducten. De voortgang en afwijkingen van dit productieproces communiceren met het productieteam en de leidinggevende. Daarnaast gevraagd en ongevraagd met verbetervoorstellen komen en actief deelnemen aan meetings.

Opleiding en ervaring:
• Vapro A of B / MBO niveau 2 of 3
• Heeft kennis van procestechnologie, microbiologie en automatisering
• Ervaring met GMP+, FSSC22000 of andere kwaliteits systemen

Vaardigheden:
• Zeker mate van zelfstandigheid.
• Is communicatief vaardig en samenwerkingsgericht.
• Is stressbestendig en heeft verantwoordelijkheidsgevoel.
• Is zorgvuldig en resultaatgericht.
• Technisch gevoel en inzicht.
• Analytisch vermogen.

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