Health Science Communications Manager – Almere

Bij Yakult Europe in Almere


Do you see it as a nice challenge to translate latest Science-insights into compelling communication and activation-programs, leading to consumers making healthier choices? Are you inspired by the latest scientific research on the functioning of the human body and the role and importance of bacteria ? Do you want to help build a company that contributes to good health without compromise? And do you want to become part of a team with the ambition to become one of the best Marketing teams in Europe, and bridge the gap between Science, Marketing and Communication, then we would like to get in touch with you!


The challenge

Already 85 years ago, (long before purpose was ‘hip’) Yakult defined it’s mission as ‘contributing to the good health and happiness of society’. The way Yakult fulfils this mission adapts through time, always aiming to match current consumer-, and market dynamics. Also now, a new wind is blowing within Yakult Europe that is driving many positive changes. A largely new Marketing team is being built and professionalized in which you will become an important player. This European headquarters team adds value for the local market teams by offering guidance on strategy, practical communication-, and activation-assets to localize, and tactical support where needed in execution so that markets can achieve optimal results. You get to help improve and monitor the quality of the company’s communication at all levels.

Your tasks and responsibilities

You are responsible for the translation of scientific studies and -articels into valuable creative content for consumers and healthcare professionals. You will work closely with your colleagues from the Science-, PR- and Marketing department at the head office of Yakult Europe in Almere. You are a key figure in the screening, selecting and processing of scientifically relevant information, and you are able to look at this and think from both sides: what about the latest science around health and bacteria? Is it most relevant and interesting and should more people know about? But also: what kind of arguments and statements will motivate people to change their behaviour, and is there sufficient scientific evidence to support these statements?

With these contributions you help shape the marketing policy and the implementation of projects, especially in the field of communication and activation. You play a central role, also in coordinating and directing activities and cooperation with your Science and Marketing colleagues in the countries. You monitor the quality of communication and assist in the training of new colleagues. In this position you will report to the Marketing Manager Europe. You will also regularly work closely together with the Science department on coordinating specific content and planning.

Who are you?

You have a passion to look for relevant scientific insights from a consumer perspective. You make this accessible through your strong storytelling skills. You are a communicative, proactive personality with a flexible attitude. You enjoy diving into scientific research. You have an affinity with nutrition and health, and you are eager to learn more about this. Additionally, you work accurately with an eye for detail. You are a team player in the Netherlands who is willing to help colleagues in the foreign Operating Companies achieve optimal results!

And further:

  • You have completed a relevant WO/Master (and / or PhD), in a relevant scientific direction, such as Nutrition & Health, Biology, Biotechnology, Dietetics, etc
  • You are fluent in English (Dutch or another European language is a plus)
  • You have approximately 5 to 10 years of relevant work experience, for example as a science journalist, spokesman or communication professional
  • You have experience in understanding scientific research and the translation into relevant consumer insights

What does Yakult Europe offer you?

You will become part of a company that has been on a mission to make society healthier for 85 years, and of a new team that aspires to become one of the best science-driven marketing teams in Europe. There are career opportunities, both in the central team and in the OpCo teams, and therefore also internationally. Yakult offers you a full-time position (32 hours is negotiable) with a competitive salary and attractive secondary benefits. In addition, there is plenty of room for personal development. Yakult Europe in Almere is easily accessible by public transport.

About Yakult Europe

In 1935, the founder discovered the now world-famous L. casei Shirota bacteria. 40 million people in 40 countries now drink the unique dairy drink. And the mission to contribute to good health is only getting bigger. Science has always been at the heart of the Yakult company. Did you know that about 250 scientists work at the Yakult Central Institute in Japan and the Yakult European Research Center in Ghent? They are engaged in research and innovation every day. More than 500 studies on the role and properties of the LcS bacterium have now been published in renowned scientific journals. Yakult Europe B.V. in Almere, has been the production location and European headquarters of the Yakult Group since 1994 and a subsidiary of Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd., located in Tokyo, Japan.

Recruitment & selection for this vacancy is exclusively assigned to WerfSelect, a recruitment agency for marketing, communication, sales and online professionals.


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