R&D Station Operations Manager - Turkey (M/F)

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General information


An agricultural cooperative and an international seed group owned by French farmers, Limagrain is driven by its purpose: cooperating for the progress of agriculture everywhere, for everyone. Focused on the genetic progress of plants, Limagrain breeds, produces and distributes field seeds, vegetable seeds and agri-food 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.  





Local contract

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Position description



Employment Type

Regular Full Time

Contractual hours


Main Goal

The objective of this position is to manage the R&D Operations team in Turkey and to coordinate and participate in evaluation of Hazera R&D projects. The R&D Operations Manager will have the responsibility to execute a multi-crop (tomato, cucumber, melon, watermelon, cabbage) R&D field trial program in our research station in Aksu, Antalya (Turkey) and with external growers in other regions of Turkey (Alanya, Adana, Ismir mainly) in the most efficient, professional and safety manners. For this position, Hazera Seeds is seeking an enthusiastic, results oriented, and highly committed individual. You will be a member of the Global R&D Operations Team and will report to the Global Trialing Leader. You will have close interaction with colleagues across Hazera’s R&D organization and in Product Development, Sales and Seed Production. You will be based in our research station in Aksu, Antalya (Turkey) and be part of Hazera Tohumculuk Team. 


Job description

·       Set the Mid-term plan for R&D breeding trials development according to breeding projects requirements, company vision and budget

·       Liaise with breeding teams on field trial needs and develop a yearly field trial operational plan and prepare budget accordingly

·       Actively manage all components of the R&D field trials plan 

·       Manage R&D Operation team in Turkey (direct report of 6 employees)

·       Deliver field trial success and quality data, monitor and report on progress to stakeholders

·       Deliver seed production projects (Tomato and Melon) with high quality standards on agreed quantities and timing.

·       Support breeding team in evaluation of trials, plant selection and transfer, and/or seed cycle activities.

·       Execute breeder trial plan following up protocol and Hazera R&D Operation working procedures

·       Report periodically for season progress, flag issues and recommend resolution plans

·       Train team for best practices according to work instruction, machines use, and verify their performance

·       Implement high phytosanitary performance according to company and country regulations

·       Interact with local authorities in order to get phytosanitary certificates and export permits.

·       Interact with nurseries, growers, seed dealers and laboratories. 

·       Assuring safe work conditions and high-quality execution





·       Agricultural engineer with at least 5 years’ experience in R&D station Management with GH and/or open field production

·       >5yrs Project management experience or direct people 

·       Agronomical background/experience or field vegetable crop research.

·       Proven experience in field trialing, including trial setup and field evaluations.

·       Knowledge of plant breeding.

·       Expertise in MS Office and data analysis.

·       Ability and willingness to travel domestically frequently and occasionally internationally 

·       Ability and willingness to work under variable environmental conditions associated with field trial work.

·       Proficient in English (Advanced Speaking, Reading, and Writing).

·       Driver license.





Position localization

Job location

Middle-East/North Africa, Turkey



Candidate criteria

Specific expertise


Minimum level of experience required

5 years or more


  • Turkish (5 - Mother tongue)
  • English (2 - Intermediate)