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Head of Research & Development M/F

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Job location : Europe, The Netherlands

Reference : 2016-1306

The fourth largest seed company in the world, Limagrain is an international cooperative group created and directed by French farmers. As a creator and producer of plant varieties, Limagrain markets field seeds, vegetable seeds and cereal products.

As a global leader in the vegetable seeds industry, Hazera, Business Unit of Group Limagrain, brings you expertise, commitment and support founded on the legacies of Hazera Genetics and Nickerson-Zwaan. Combining decades of experience with state-of-the-art technology, we breed, develop, produce and market varieties and seeds in a wide range of vegetable crops around the world.


Job family : Research 
Job title : Head of Research & Development M/F
Business Unit : Hazera
Contract : Regular Full-Time
Contract duration :


The objective of this position is to manage Hazera's global R&D division with different breeding programs. Key objectives are to deliver leading hybrids, achieve product leadership according to the company strategy and achieve freedom to operate and technological advantage. Head of R&D is a member of Hazera management team and member of the research committee of Limagrain's Vegetable Seeds division. Directly reporting will be Breeding Managers (3), Technology Managers (2), Operation Managers (3) and additional people (2). You will report directly to the Hazera CEO.


Roles & Responsibilities:
• Developing a flow of new varieties which qualify to the product definitions, as determined by PMS & PMC teams, and according to the budget & time limitations.
• Assuring the R&D division is in the front of scientific knowhow, creating freedom to operate and generating competitive technological positions for the company and the Limagrain Vegetable Seeds division.
• Building an optimal set of breeding plans, support and development technologies, while keeping the right balance between internal programs and outsourcing.
• Develop a long term vision for bringing the company to the top position from product portfolio and technology.


We are looking for a person:
• Who has a PhD in genetics, plant breeding, plant disease or molecular biology, from a respected university;
• Who worked for a significant period as a team leader/manager in a R&D division of a company in the field of plants improvement or pharmaceutical field;
• Who has experience in leading teams of researchers and scientists and also in leading interaction with marketing and other units;
• Who can combine field work and office work experience;
• Who is committed to results and can combine long & short term perspectives;
• Who has a high capability of interpersonal interactions with people from different cultures and background;
• Managerial and leadership capabilities are a must, as is the ability to collaborate and create multidisciplinary teams inside R&D, Marketing and other units;
• Very high level of English. Hebrew, Dutch, or French is appreciated.


Europe, The Netherlands


Schanseind 27, 4921 PM Made, Nederland

Mininum level of education required : Master 2 or equivalent
Specific expertise : Agriculture, Bio
Minimum level of experience required : 5 years or more

Languages : 

Working at Hazera means contributing in a professional way to the growth of our business, in an informal, international environment. We are customer and market oriented and teamwork is important. Other characteristics of our organization are openness, flexibility and orientation on results. We focus on employee development with consideration and respect for individual needs. For more information please visit our website and .

If you are enthusiastic to join a growing organization, please send us as soon as possible a letter of motivation and a detailed resume, preferably by e-mail or through the form on this website.

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