Corporate Development Director Renewable Chemistry




Passionate about sustainability, pioneering and technology? For our client, Avantium, an aspiring world leader in renewable and sustainable chemistry technology solutions, we are looking for a Corporate Development Director.


Avantium is a pioneer in the emerging industry of renewable and sustainable chemistry. Avantium is headquartered in Amsterdam, employing approximately 200 people, with extensive R&D laboratories and three pilot plants in Geleen and Delfzijl, the Netherlands. They are an innovation-driven company dedicated to developing and commercializing breakthrough technologies for the production of chemicals from renewable sources and circular plastic materials used for a variety of consumer products. Their lead product is PEF, a novel, plant-based and recyclable plastic material with a powerful combination of environmental and performance features. PEF has huge potential in the packaging, textiles and film sectors, growing markets worth over $200 billion.  


In this position you will be seen as a valued sparring partner to the CFO and Management Board as well as the leadership teams of the business units. You will be responsible for developing and executing the long-term strategy of the company to ensure successful implementation. This includes the short- and long-term funding of the company and its various activities.

Next to the above:

  • Taking ownership of the long-term strategy of the company, and specifically the continuous monitoring of the question "what kind of company do we want to be?"
  • Working together with Finance and the BU leadership teams to develop a 5-year financial/ financing plan for the company.
  • Leading strategy sessions the MB and MT.
  • Coordinating capital raising and other strategic and funding projects.
  • Supporting the grants/subsidies activities of the company, ensuring that the company is positioned to pursue all relevant initiatives as well as monitoring our participation in existing grant programs.
  • Support in the structuring of licensing deals, including if relevant joint ventures, NewCo's, etc with licensees as part of the implementation of the license strategy.


Our client is looking for a professional with expertise in debt and capital structuring advisory, strategy, funding, and deal execution. A hands-on strategist who prioritizes collaboration alongside substantive contributions. Moreover, you are capable of operating at the Board and RvC levels, providing both support and constructive challenges.

  • University degree – MBA or equivalent
  • Minimum 10 years working experience, preferable from an investment bank or corporate development role in the (sustainable) chemicals industry. Global experience is highly preferred.
  • Track record of creating impact in strategy and financing, developed over years of experience in corporate development activities and increasing level of responsibility.
  • Strong analytical skill, ability to analyse different/conflicting data points and reach a clear conclusion or recommendation – and proven experience on executing thereon.
  • Experience with process ownership, including process design and execution of processes across an entire value chain, preferably strategy processes.
  • Clear and influential communicator, both oral and written. Ability to formulate complex ideas in a simple and "to-the-point" way.
  • Ability to establish credibility and form relationships across multiple areas and levels of an organization. Flexible with the ability to embrace change, as well as drive and lead change.
  • Ability to lead, manage and influence to gain alignment, agreement, and commitments.


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Vincent Niemeijer
Sustainability & Investments.
Vincent Niemeijer

Managing Partner