Share this Job
Job ID:  48061
Date:  Jan 17, 2022
Job function:  Legal
Experience level:  Experienced Hire
Business:  Science

Head of IP support office

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. 

More information can be found at www.dsm.com.


What you’ll do   

In this role you will operationally lead the IP support office, including docket and document management system and databases, as well as leadership of various teams; with a focus on paralegals (PL), and formality officers (FO). You will report to the Head of IP Specialists and together with the IP leadership, set the strategic direction and manage the critical support functions of a large, global IP team.


Are you driven to connect IP strongly to innovation and running business? Are you a team player with solution-oriented mindset? Do you love coaching and leading a team of IP specialists?

Then this is the job for you! 


Your key responsibilities

  • Lead the change management process for the PL, FO teams
  • Maintain a global way of working for patent and trademark preparation, filing and prosecution according to DSM IP requirements and work processes\
  • Lead and coach team members including direction, guidance and motivation and ensure result-oriented global cooperation
  • Periodic travel to international locations to meet and align with the various team members
  • Develop the team towards digital solutions and efficiency-driven IP support
  • facilitate and improve attorneys’ and agents’ ways of working and contribute to a more agile IP department
  • Manage the timely payment of agent network across the world and improve DSM Finance system for IP/trouble shooting
  • Be accountable for procurement within DSM IP (agents/external counsels)


About us

DSM is changing to better reflect how our customers are organized by establishing three Business Groups: Food & Beverage (F&B); Health Nutrition & Care (HNC); and Animal Nutrition & Health (ANH). This means we bring together teams that serve common customers. Our long-term success in serving these markets requires innovations that are customer-focused, value-adding and differentiating and, at the same time, grounded in market insights as well as best-in-class launch execution capabilities.  


Because of this new approach we are redesigning our IP department to be closer to the customer and co-create a strategic IP plan for innovation and running business.

We aim to deliver strategic value to our business.


We Bring  

  • A hybrid workplace that offers flexibility to employees across the business  
  • The chance to shape DSM and its impact in the human and animal nutrition markets years to come  
  • Diverse employees who aren’t afraid to think outside of the box  
  • A team that truly cares about sustainability, each other and our customers  
  • A supportive environment where you’re empowered to grow and share your ideas   
  • The encouragement you need to develop and achieve results   
  • A safe, inclusive workplace where you feel welcome   


You Bring  

  • 8+ years of experience working within IP, including a demonstrated understanding of IP administration and IP business needs 
  • 5+ years of experience in coordinating and/or managing a team of IP professionals, particularly formality officers, paralegals and/or patent secretaries
  • Global mindset and experience; management of a global team preferred, but not required
  • A flexible, agile and solution-oriented mindset  
  • Brilliant collaborative skills 
  • Project management skills 
  • Learning mindset and open for other opinions, combined with ability to take decisions
  • Coaching leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills, fluent in English


Our recruitment process
Interested in this position? Please apply on-line by uploading your resume in English via our career portal.

The procedure will generally be in line with the DSM application process outlined on the DSM career website. Due to privacy regulations we can only actively interact with applications via our career portal.

For further information, please contact David van der Velden, Talent Acquisition Business Partner (+31-6 46 94 13 62 or david.velden-van@dsm.com).


Pre-employment screenings are part of the DSM Recruitment & Selection Process. You will be contacted when further information is required.  In the Recruitment process, we will use the Occupational Personality Questionnaire to provide insight on your learning adaptability, preferred operating style and motivation for this position.


Royal DSM is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Royal DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company is listed on Euronext. For more information about DSM see http://www.dsm.com or connect on 

DSM in 3 minutes

Do you know that DSM has the broadest portfolio of nutritional ingredients - that millions of people already have our biomaterials in their body - and that our innovations make materials lighter, healthier, safer, stronger, more durable and have a lower environmental footprint? This short 3 minute video shares our portfolio in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living