Paleo (BE, Leuven) is a young B2B food technology company committed to reduce the impact mankind is having on the future of our planet and the lives of animals by accelerating the protein shift. Thanks to their proprietary precision-fermentation process, Paleo provides sustainable alternative proteins that are bio-identical to those found in actual meat. With its ingredients that authentically replicate the taste, aroma and nutrition of fish and meat, Paleo allows food manufacturers to produce meat and fish alternatives that people crave. Paleo is the first heme manufacturer able to offer a portfolio of the most popular meat and fish tastes, and the first to offer a GMO-free product. 
We are looking for an enthusiastic and entrepreneurial:
Bioprocess Contract Manufacturing Lead
The Bioprocess Contract Manufacturing Lead will establish the commercial supply chain for Paleo’s products. Selecting the appropriate contract manufacturing organizations aligned with the precision-fermentation based manufacturing process. Liaise the external activities with Paleo’s process development team, regulatory and business to ensure a solid scale up from lab to commercial scale production volumes. The role will report to the Chief Technology Officer.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish a long-term partnership with contract (development) manufacturing organizations (C(D)MOs)
  • Provide expert advice to internal cross-functional teams on the development of scalable manufacturing processes
  • Manage the tech transfer and scale-up of manufacturing processes to pilot and commercial scale CMOs, and establish project leadership teams
  • Integrate data management and analytics into daily operations to capture, analyse, share and report results across functions for continuous productivity improvement
  • Lead the planning and coordination of all activities with the C(D)MO aligned to the different stages of the product pipeline, including the delivery of regulatory batches
  • Establish the commercial supply chain and QA & Product Stewardship processes
  • Support the team with product registration
  • Create competitive advantage by identifying new IP opportunities

Key Qualifications

  • MSc or PhD in Bioprocess engineering or similar field 
  • Several years of relevant working experience in industrial scale precision fermentation taking commercial bioprocesses from the lab to commercial scale and establishing the commercial supply chain
  • Strong expertise in the large-scale (yeast) bioprocessing of heterologous protein based products, cost modelling and more specifically be familiar with proteins and technologies for their recombinant production and characterization
  • Hands-on experience in C(D)MO relationship building, tech transfer, managing C(D)MO activities and contract negotiations

  • An understanding of regulatory and product quality standards is required as well as an affinity with IP.
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills (fluent in English, written and spoken)
  • The ability to work with the project team at Paleo’s R&D site in Leuven and to travel and work remotely at the C(D)MO facilities during negotiations, tech transfer, process scaling runs and commercial production campaigns.



  • An exciting position in a fast growing and innovative start-up
  • You will become member of a passionate, fun and result oriented team
  • Potential to grow in function and responsibilities in a developing organization
  • Dynamic and challenging working environment with opportunities for personal and professional development.



  • Call Ralf Gutschoven on +32 (0)478 43 61 68 for more info or an application. On weekdays till 21h00, on Saturday and Sunday between 10h00 and 12h00.

Paleo, is committed to provide an inclusive and equity-driven workplace. We are prepared to adjust the job application process, the job and/or the work environment to enable all applicants to be considered for the position and to perform the job's essential functions.