A career at Yakult Europe B.V.

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Working on a healthy society

Our roots start in the 1930's in Japan when scientist Dr. Shirota created the first milestone by cultivating the Lactobacillus casei Shirota bacteria.
Now, more than 80 years later, the company employs around 100,000 people world-wide. In Europe, approximately 200 people work for Yakult.

Almost a century later, we continue to live and breathe the spirit of our founding father Dr. Minoru Shirota, which is to ‘work on a healthy society’. And, in line with Dr. Shirota’s vision, to bring Yakult to as many people as possible, we continue to extend our business operations gradually over the world.

Scientific Communication Officer

Yakult is a science-based, multinational company with headquarters located in Tokyo, Japan (Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.).  The European headquarters as well as the  production location for the Yakult Group in Europe is located in Almere, The Netherlands. The main product in Europe is a fermented milk drink containing the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus casei.Shirota.

What we are looking for

In order to fortify the Science team at Yakult Europe, we are looking for a full-time creative, motivated, scientifically minded and talented Scientific Communication Officer. He / she will overlook all communications of the science department regarding research and events organized through the European Science team. The Science Communication Officer reports to the European Science Director.

What we require from you

  • The successful candidate will have an academic and scientific background preferably in; biology, microbiology, biomedicine, biotechnology, nutrition, dietetics or agriculture. Proven experience in the development and delivery of scientific communications, ideally in the food research communications arena is expected.
  • Given the international character of the role of the SCO, fluent English is an absolute must (spoken and written). Other languages are a plus (Dutch, German, Italian, French, Japanese).
  • The successful candidate should be passionate about and have a vision on emerging developments in the digital media, is able to analyse website usage, create and maintain contact databases and use that information in a creative way. Knowledge on data protection and privacy rules and regulations is required.
  • To be successful in the role of SCO, close collaboration is required with IT-, Regulatory and Corporate Communication- and all European Science Departments. Your attitude should be one of building bridges and finding common ground in a politically sensitive environment. Good project management skills, time management and organizational awareness are key asset as well in successfully executing the role of SCO.
  • As a member of the Science Team you will also be involved in the design, development and execution level of projects that aim at interacting with the scientific community (scientific writing, organizing conferences, round tables, workshops and study days).
  • As SCO you need to have excellent oral and written communication skills. As you will have frequent contact with important stakeholders in the scientific community and with Yakult colleagues world-wide, political sensitivity, organisational awareness and a networker’s DNA should come natural to you.
  • This role requires travel (occasionally) in and outside Europe



What we can offer you

Become part of the Yakult family where transparency and inquisitiveness are valued as well as the company values: contributing to the health and happiness of every person around the world, through the pursuit of excellence in life sciences and the study of beneficial microorganisms. Preventing is better than curing.


Yakult Europe will provide opportunities to:

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to develop communication content that meets the highest quality standards.
  • Learn from the strong and long-standing relationships of Yakult with the scientific community in the field of probiotics and benefit from its excellent reputation in the industry
  • Use at full your creative and cognitive capabilities in an inclusive working environment
  • Contribute to the company’s evolution in health science communication and ensure that we maintain a leading position in an arena where health communication is strictly regulated and geographically diverse.
  • Develop your own research tools to gain insights and metrics on the impact of communication efforts, ensuring the correct delivery of our messages.
  • We offer a salary and bonus that will be in line with your experience and performance.

What to do?

  • If you are enthusiastic and feel this role is a perfect fit, please send an extensive CV and motivation letter to Jacqueline Snoeks, HR Director, jsnoeks@yakult.eu Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.