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Philips Group Leader Product Research Center in Drachten, Netherlands


Group Leader Product Research Center, Research Expertise Team

In this role, you have the opportunity to strengthen our World Class position by pursuing the next level for our consumer satisfaction in our products. Philips Male Grooming will improve the lives of millions of men around the world by enabling them to be confident, to be their best selves.

You are responsible for

Ensuring that you and your team strive for highest consumer satisfaction with our product development in Male Grooming.

You will develop your team to meet the challenging research plans, both internally and with external suppliers and support the innovation program accordingly, ensuring operational excellence in the execution. You are the owner of the consumer test facilities. Our consumer research center welcomes consumer engaging with and testing our products.

You are responsible for clear operational, functional and hierarchical responsibilities for your team, bringing consumer centric proposition to the market.

  • You are leading the research expertise team, incl. the sub teams of the consumer test center, panel management and sensory experts;

  • You will be an expert on methodologies supporting all consumer research requests; educate team members to gain internal confidence and spread best practices;

  • Lead innovative approaches to gathering consumer feedback, empower team members to innovate and explore new methodologies and encourage thought-leadership from every member;

  • You are safe guarding high quality study development and execution, with your team;

  • You are the first point of contact for external agency evaluation and relationships.

You are a part of

As a Group leader in the Product Research Center (PRC) department you report to the Consumer Research Manager. The Product Research Center (PRC) drives growing understanding of the consumer needs. The PRC focuses as part of a multidisciplinary team on development of the desirable product experience in Shaving, Grooming and Male Skin Care, by performing a range of explorative, qualitative and quantitative research with our own sensory panel or through external research agencies

We have adopted a challenging growth strategy, all based on developing relevant consumer products “To Look and Feel Your Best Every Day”. To realize our goals we need to create innovative concepts and technologies and intensively invest in people and equipment. In this, being consumercentric is the key. Linking in with the insights, routine and needs of consumers all around the world helps us in developing products that fulfill the Philips Brand promise “Be your best you”.

You are challenged to take responsibility for your team and drive the transition towards becoming a true partner for the R&D organization that brings in the expertise and insights on consumer research.

To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience;

  • Master’s Degree in consumer or research oriented educations Human Technology, Psychology, Sensory Research, Marketing Research, Management Consulting, Statistics, Business, Mathematics, Economics or related field;

  • Deep knowledge (3-7 years’ experience) on consumer or market research, quantitative methodologies for consumer research, statistics and analytics;

  • Proven experience in leading and coaching a team, towards a continuous improvement mindset;

  • Good communication and influencing skills (stakeholder management internal & external);

  • Proactive attitude: you should be able to take the lead and proactively represent the end-user in our innovation processes;

  • Taking ownership, getting things done, embracing the agile mindset;

  • Speak Dutch or willing to learn Dutch.

  • Open to change and curiosity towards new developments / methodologies

In return, we offer you

We believe that every growth period creates an exceptional career runway. In fact, our leadership team gets out of bed every morning with the sole focus of growing the business and growing the people who contribute to it. Luckily, you are the benefactor of this unique opportunity and leadership commitment- likely to experience an exciting high stakes, mobility-focused environment from which to create your own future – personally, professionally & financially.

  • A competitive salary;

  • 25 Days of leave and the possibility to purchase up to 20 extra days off annually;

  • A variable bonus based on both Philips results and personal performance;

  • Extensive set of tools to drive your career, such as a personal development budget, free training and coaching;

  • Colleagues who are the best and brightest in their field;

  • Competitive company pension scheme and attractive collective health insurance package;

  • Opportunity to buy Philips shares and products with discount;

  • Healthy work-life balance and exciting, international environment at our site in Drachten.

Why should you join Philips?

Working at Philips is more than a job. It’s a calling to create a healthier society through meaningful work, focused on improving 3 billion lives a year by delivering innovative solutions across the health continuum at . Our people experience a variety of unexpected moments when their lives and careers come together in meaningful ways.

To find out more about what it’s like working for Philips at a personal level, visit the Working at Philips page at on our career website, where you can read stories from our employee blog at . Once there, you can also learn about our recruitment process at , or find answers to some of the frequently asked questions at .