Maize Breeding Project Leader (M/F) (M/F)

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General information


Limagrain Europe is a business Unit of Limagrain and specializes in Field Seeds in Europe. Limagrain is an international agricultural cooperative group and is the fourth largest seed company worldwide.
Our business is a seed only company includes research and development, production, and distribution of products and services that have been adapted to a wide range of soil and climate conditions. With more than 21 subsidiaries covering 50 countries, Limagrain Europe has developed a multi-crop line-up based on a broad portfolio of varieties for farmers and distributors.





Local contract

Local contract only

Position description



Employment Type

Regular Full Time

Main Goal

Lead an already established breeding project at our R&D station in Rohy

Job description

Strategy / business orientation :
In conjunction with the Head of Breeding program,
-Develop breeding direction, ideas and germplasm strategies to bring new lines and hybrids on the market;
- Define the short, medium and long term objectives of the breeding project in Ukraine and the target portfolio with development and marketing teams;
- Develop a good understanding of business challenges through interactions with all relevant stakeholders including competitors, government officials and/or public institutes.
- Lead local collaborations and propose exchanges with public and private partners in line with
company standard and protocols.
- Guarantee the FTO of the Germplasm worked.

- Implement the breeding strategy and manage the breeding project;
- Leverage internal as well as external R&D capabilities to optimize the breeding project using new and efficient technical innovations;
- Manage and take in charge all breeding steps including management of genetic diversity, crossing plan, inbred lines development, assessment of lines, visit and score trials and nurseries;
- Analyze all data with appropriate tools and take breeding decisions for the Breeding Program.
- Provide all relevant data for the official trials and filling process and play key role in the
interaction with official authorities. Germplasm, licensing and collaboration

* People Management:
- Manage the breeding team (3) dedicated to the breeding project;
- Play a key role in the management of the station : facilitate team meetings, resources organization and resources sharing including working space, machinery and human resources under lea with the station manager;
- Ensure that all team members follow the company standards (health, safety and environment and other). Promote innovation and maintain high technical and scientific level of his / her team;
- Develop close relationship with Maize breeders operating in other programs or other territories as well as all Limagrain Field Seed Research organization.

* Finance:
- Prepare and follow budgets and investments for the Maize breeding program and appropriately justify any deviations. In collaboration with management propose mid-term plan over 3 years for the program.


• PhD or equivalent (Master with experience) in Plant Breeding and Genetics, or a closely related field, is required.
• Strong demonstrated knowledge in breeding, genetics, agronomy, quantitative genetics and applied statistics and application of modern tools and technologies, such as marker assisted selection, for improvement of maize are necessary.
• Experience as a plant breeder of maize or other crop in a successful commercial program,
• Knowledge of the target production region, associated biotic and abiotic stresses, and relevant germplasm base would be appreciated.
• Ability to use software for data analyses, management, presentation, and reporting; general competence in statistics and data management is required.
• Strong interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills are needed.
• Leadership skills and experience in managing people and programs desired.

Position localization

Job location

Europe, Ukraine


Turhenievska St, 55, Kyiv, Ukraine

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

Master's degree

Specific expertise

Research & Development

Minimum level of experience required

5 years or more


  • English (2 - Intermediate)
  • French (2 - Intermediate)


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