Exter Company Profile

Exter is a leading global supplier of specialty (added value) savoury taste ingredients to major global food manufacturers. Our ingredients are known for over 90 years for quality, cost effectiveness and innovation, providing customers with a broad array of customized solutions to enhance consumer differentiation. The company has experienced tremendous growth since their divesture and MBO (Management Buy Out) several years ago from a leading publically traded, best in class, value added ingredient supplier. The business is niche oriented and is well positioned for strategic growth, building on its existing customer base and demand for their products and services. Exter has a worldwide network of distributors and dedicated sales forces to support their long term growth objectives.

We are famous throughout the world for the traditional method we use to prepare savoury taste ingredients: slow reduction and then roasting in the oven. Slow cooking, where we take the time to let the ingredients do their job. Home cooking but on a professional scale, serving the food industry. Enjoying the genuine taste of traditional cuisines. That is what Exter represents: pure flavours from authentic cuisines, using ingredients that come straight from the land and the farm. Fuss free. Prepared with passion and love - just like grandma used to, but now on an industrial scale.

We have 6 regional sales offices and 2 production locations (Netherlands and Thailand) and extensive distribution network worldwide. To support our customers, we want to expand our Technical application team with a Technical application specialist who will also act as a Team leader in EU Market.

Job purpose

Your passion to bring taste gives our clients a head start. You have the ability to translate customer requirements and local taste preferences into successful taste solutions. From soup to sauce, meat to plant-based foods, you’re the best in experimenting and developing and will be able to make our customer products better.

You’re part of a cross functional team in which you are the technical face to the customer. Well structured, a good listener and always in search for the perfect taste. You enjoy short, formal lines, as well from your manager as from your colleagues. And when you understand the company better, you’ll visit our international clients in your region. The Team Leader TAS will report directly to the Global Product Manager.

Goals and objectives

  • • As leader of the European application team, you drive the EU customers briefs towards a technical approval by the customer using the Exter taste solutions
  • • You are part of the EU cross functional team which consist out of sales- product – and application and you of a shared goal to achieve the ambitious revenue growth of the company.
  • • As leader of the European technical application team, you lead the growth of your team members

Duties and responsibilities

  • • Develop and support the growth of the local application team, leading by example, share the savoury application knowledge and instructions
  • • Design Savoury Taste solutions in line with the customer requirements and specification based on the technical brief from sales team.
  • • Gather all the necessary information on technical aspects of a Customer Brief which will lead to an effective and successful Application or Development project.
  • • Support sales in the realization of account plans through technical advice, trainings & presentations.
  • • Advice the customer on application of our Savory Taste Ingredient solutions.
  • • Demonstrate and test ingredients in the most effective way to our customer by combining your in-depth product application knowledge and Exter’s solutions.
  • • Support Marketing and Product Development in introduction of new innovative savory ingredients from customer requirements to the final solution.
  • • Work close with Sales, Product Management and Production to deliver solutions from project initiation, production and the first order.

Key technical skills and knowledge requirement

  • • You have a positive and pragmatic attitude and strong communicational skills
  • • You hold at least a degree in Food Science or Food Technology
  • • Minimum of 7 years international Business to Business experience and a proven record in development of savoury foods, meats and seasonings
  • • You are capable to evaluate the sensory properties of ingredients and customers products by using flavour/culinary language.
  • • Strong savoury raw material knowledge
  • • Talent to lead team
  • • Awareness of the commercial impact are as important as the technical skills
  • • Strong relationship builder, who operates at multiple levels with a multi-disciplinary team
  • • Capable to work with people from different levels in the organization and cultures
  • • Understanding of local taste and application of food ingredients
  • • You are able to translate customer requirements into solutions
  • • As for this role traveling is required, excellent communication, planning and organizational skills are a must.
  • • Fluent in English, Dutch work proficiency

We offer

The position offers, next to a competitive salary and secondary employee benefits, the chance to work in a challenging, dynamic and innovative international environment with responsibilities within a small company that is growing and developing quickly. Exter operates on the market for savoury ingredients worldwide. Because of this you will regularly be in contact with our local partners and customers. Besides a dynamic working environment with professionals and a growing business you will get the chance to expand your own abilities on a professional and a personal level.


When you would like to receive more information concerning the job opportunity feel free to give us a call during work hours, your contact person will be Iwona Brederveld.

Does the job apply to you? Please send us an email or a letter including a short motivation and a CV addressed to
Sonja Sikkes, HR Manager.
Address: Gerrit Bolkade 10
1507 BR Zaandam