Research Project Manager (M/F)

Vacancy details

General information


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.

VILMORIN-MIKADO is a Business Unit of Limagrain. It brings together the activities of Vilmorin (French seed company) and Mikado (Japanese seed company).

VILMORIN-MIKADO is a global seed company which has strong bases spread over the five continents; it offers a wide, unique and original high-quality range to all professionals in the vegetable industry.

VILMORIN-MIKADO team conveys a strong commitment to customer-service and passion for vegetables. Strong by their diversity and entrepreneurship spirit, they hold our values of audacity, proximity and excellence.

From Vilmorin-MIKADO, expect quality seed of the tastiest products for your markets.

Everywhere, closer to you.





Position description



Employment Type

Regular Full Time

Contractual hours


Main Goal

The incumbent has the responsibility of all research activities in Mexico. The general mission consists, includes but is not limited to:
1. Managing the Research stations in Culiacan (research activities and VlM/ LVS or other requested projects)
2. Managing other research activities in the country such as setting up and keeping up a network of farmers/production growers, universities, institutes etc., for the research activities of the company
Through these tasks, the Research Project Manager brings a logistical and material support for the breeding teams allowing breeding and experimentation at the research station and in the production areas.

Job description

Directly responsible for the staff based at the research stations in Culiacan; the incumbent manages the group assuming organization, scheduling and its functionality based on the research objectives of the company.

From the requests of the different customers (research as breeders, laboratories, etc., commerce and development, etc.,) and in accordance to the means that are available such as the station, staff, budget; the Research Project Manager plans the POS; genetic operation (lab, crossing, seed process, etc.,) and trials, propose it to his hierarchical and after agreement/approval he sets up this POS at the research stations in Culiacan and outside in commercial/production or experimental fields (farmers, other stations, etc)

External Trials: the incumbent will need to:
 Find and choose the farmers who will make the trials
 Negotiate the conditions and prices of the trials with the farmers
 Set up and follow the trials with his team
 Plan and organize the visits of the breeding teams

Internal (Station) and Off Station Trials:
 The incumbent assumes the notations/evaluation on the experimental materials and the environment (cultural conditions, weather, pathologic problem etc) assisting the breeder or under delegation according the customer specifications
 Makes the link between breeders and farmers/production growers
 Makes an annual balance/report about all the trials and the different activities for the breeding teams and for his hierarchical according to their requests

 The Research Project Manager is in charge of setting up new equipment and facilities, to make them function within the specific parameters, and to maintain them in good conditions
 The incumbent is responsible to propose well balanced Forecast and Budget for the station and supporting activities
 Responsible to proposed the CAPEX within the frame of the research activities and station development
 Responsible for the Operational and Capital expenses management on day-to-day bases, to assure the best use of the company resources (direct collaboration with the SUB. accounting and finance department)
 The incumbent is responsible for quarterly budget analysis and the EOY budget prediction (assuring that all the activities will operate within the approved budget)
 Responsible for Performance Appraisals, Development and Employee Relations of all staff members. With the support of HR and Unit Management; propose hires and improvement plans.
 Safety mission

• Leads by example in work safety
• Organizes Safety Managerial Visits to a defined frequency
• Ensures the implementation of immediate actions and plan following safety observations.


Ideal candidate must be self driven with an ability to manage a local team and work closely with external breeders.

Excellent communication skills required - both written and verbal.

Proficient mastery of the Office Tools such as: Excel; Word; Power Point

Position localization

Job location

America/Carribean, Mexico


culiacan sinaloa

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

Bachelor's degree

Specific expertise

  • Agriculture/Agronomy
  • Management and Administration
  • Biology
  • Research & Development

Minimum level of experience required

5 years or more


Proficient Knowledge of:
Agricultural and more specifically vegetable production techniques
Experimental and statistical techniques
Mexico Vegetable Market

Knowledge of:
Plant genetic improvement/plant breeding
Plant pathology

 - Professional skills

Capacity for making and keeping good relationships (particularly with farmers)

 - Personal behavior

Working capability
Communication (hierarchical, breeders)


  • English (3 - Professional)
  • Spanish (4 - Fluent)


Position start date