Vacancies at FOSS

Head of Mechanics in R&D Hardware

Published: 2023-04-24
Nils Foss Allé 1
3400  Hillerød

Janick Elleholm Jensen
+45 3054 3680


FOSS is an international company that develops analytical equipment and solutions for food, agricultural and other industries. In a global world with a growing population, there is an ever-increasing demand for safer food, efficient production and less food waste. As a global market leader, we have the expertise to help companies to ensure that

The R&D Hardware department is responsible for developing mechanics and electronics for our analytical instruments and we have many exciting new projects in the pipeline that require world-class hardware solutions. We are looking for a colleague to head our new Mechanics department, where we have gathered all the mechanical competencies to ensure there is focus on new instruments as well as professional development with focus on mechanics. The Head of mechanics will take on the responsibility for both mechanical engineers and the technical assistants in our R&D:Hardware department. You must have a balanced interest and experience in mechanical development as well as people development in an agile context.

The R&D Hardware department comprises of more than 60 developers and makes up for about 1/4 of the R&D organization in FOSS - and we are growing.

The job

R&D Hardware department consist of a range of departments working in a professionally organized way. The team members work with the instrument project teams oriented around our market segment, but we also organize to utilize professional development and learnings as a professional department. As leader, you will be responsible for the mechanical department delivering solutions for these segments and instrument projects, as well as a small group of 5 technical assistants working with ECM’s, drawings, SAP etc. The team is highly skilled, working closely together with all other disciplines needed to develop our solutions.

Your primary role is to work with the team to design and deliver the functionality for some of our most complex solutions as well as drive the continuous agile improvements forward. This means a high focus on system uptime, robust mechanics within in combination with food products, but in some cases also involving chemical fluids or assays. This mean failsafe mechanics for not only the instrument, but also the environment in which the instrument is operated.

Your daily work will be at the FOSS Innovation Center in Hillerød Denmark, with 10-15 traveling days per year primarily to Hungary.


Apply now if you can subscribe to the following qualifications:

  • Strong leadership experience with leading a larger department
  • Experienced with agile development in a hardware context
  • A genuine interest in instrument development
  • Strong knowledge within mechanics to form the professional strategy and direction for the department
  • A good people person who knows how to maximize the output value while keeping a fun and thriving work environment

Secondary Qualifications

  • Additive manufacturing
  • AutoDesk Inventor
  • Experience with processes for evaluating customer cases

Personal skills

You must be an experienced leader as the team consist of 20 experienced developers.

You must be an open person, as we believe the best solutions come from team work. People respect you, and like to work with you, because of your ability to set directions, a personality that invite for teamwork and allow for room to let people evolve. You possess great communication skills and can communicate complex concepts in a concise manner. You master the art of simplicity, and you promote continuous improvement to the way of working for you and your team.

We offer

A challenging job, in an international and innovative company, that is small enough for you to get high influence in the job, and big enough for complex development and career development. We have a flat and informal company culture and an open-minded and collegial spirit. The size of our company allows for independent, dynamic, and fast decisions, and you will have the opportunity for constant learning through new projects, technologies, teams, and market opportunities.

FOSS have a solid record of continued business growth and a strong business strategy for an exciting future journey. We anticipate increased hardware development with plenty of opportunities for personal growth.


Send us your application via the link below. We screen applications as they come in, so apply now - better today than tomorrow! Any questions can be directed to Head of R&D:Hardware – Janick Elleholm Jensen mobile: +45 3054 3680.

FOSS is committed to maintaining an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce. You can help us sustain an unbiased recruitment process by not including photo or age in your application.


Today, more than 8 billion people around the world are dependent on nutritional food. Tons of food being produced in a million different ways and under varying conditions, creating challenges all the way from field to fork. One of them, obviously, being the effects, it has on climate change. FOSS helps the world’s 100 biggest food companies and more than 40.000 others around the world navigate exactly that with intelligent, data-driven and innovative analytical solutions. We are making sustainability a better business and we’re doing so as global market leader in our field – improving food quality, minimizing food waste, ensuring food safety and securing fair payment.

Join a pioneering and innovative company in the food and agriculture industry. A company on a mission, with offices all around the world and 1.700 talented colleagues from more than 32 different countries.

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