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Quality Engineer

Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, Ochten€2,800 - €3,300 per monthOperations

Job description

Is monitoring and optimising hygiene protocols and work instructions your passion and your life? Do you have experience in finding the right conclusions after unexpected results in a production process? Then the position of quality engineer at In Ovo is your dream job!

About our company

Since we started out in 2011, we have been developing an automated process to determine the sex of a chick while still inside the egg. We aim to prevent the hatching and then culling of billions of male chicks worldwide just because they do not lay eggs. In 2020, we installed the first version of our Ella machine in a hatchery. Since then, we have developed the technology further, and a new, improved Ella began operating in 2022.

We can proudly report that during the last few months alone, we have prevented 400,000 day-old male chicks from being killed. Our mission is to end the culling of male chicks completely.

You will be joining a young and ambitious team that likes to have fun. With the whole team we work very hard to realize the success of the company. This creates many challenges and therefore also many victories, and successes are there to be celebrated. In short: a pleasant and informal atmosphere! Catching up with colleagues is extremely valuable to us to maintain our connection.

Your role

At the production site in Ochten, you know all the ins and outs of our production process.

With this knowledge, you are able to check our quality protocols and optimise them wherever possible. In this role, you will be monitoring various processes during production, with which quality and hygiene are monitored and linked to the outcome of the production process. In the event of disappointing production results, you will identify these and compare them with the hygiene and handling in the process. Then, based on the measurement results, you will recommend which adjustments for improvement can be made.

Job requirements

About you:

In this position, cooperation and communication with both the hatcheries and your production colleagues is crucial. You identify and communicate the cause of potential problems and help to solve and implement the necessary improvements. You do this in close collaboration with our In Ovo colleagues and the companies we work with. Your natural and open way of communicating enables you to connect quickly and easily. With your qualitative support, we can increase the output and reliability of our production sites. This requires creativity and an analytical way of working. You are a colleague of great integrity who does what s/he says and says what s/he does. You live in The Netherlands or are willing to relocate. We can't provide a visa sponsorship for this position. 

And furthermore, you have:

  • an education at intermediate vocational level, preferably food/food technology
  • proven experience as quality employee
  • knowledge of microbiology is an advantage
  • knowledge of analysis techniques
  • a fluent tonque in Dutch and English
  • the flexibility to work at various locations in the future
  • a driving licence

    • Someone who is living in the Netherlands or willing to relocate, we can't provide visa sponsorship for this position

What do we offer:

  • A scale-up company setting that allows you to benefit from unique opportunities that have a global impact on animal welfare.
  • A ground-breaking environment where you enjoy a lot of responsibility and can constantly seek out new opportunities and ways to develop.
  • The chance to work as part of a fast-growing, multi-disciplinary team that helps make the world a little better every day. We firmly believe that people from different backgrounds who possess a range of perspectives can only strengthen our team.

In addition we offer:

  • A Salary between 2800 - 3300 euros gross fulltime, based on knowledge and experience 
  • A working week of 32-40 hours and a healthy work-life balance.
  • 25 days’ holiday per year, a pension and a working-from-home allowance.
  • Possibility to travel, due to our international growht ambition
  • An annual budget of € 1500,- for personal development, which we believe is key to our success.

If you find the position interesting but have a few doubts, that is completely understandable.

Candidates who think they do not fully meet all the requirements tend to refrain from applying for certain positions. Unfortunately, this is more prevalent among women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds. So, we welcome applicants even if they have some doubts. We look forward to discussing your qualities and perhaps offering you a suitable position with our organisation.

Please apply by sending your CV and a short application letter. If you would like more information, contact Annemarie Burgers, HR manager on +31 (0)6 18537180 or send an email to

Please do not contact us with unsolicited services or offers using the contact details for this vacancy.


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