Sunflower Breeding Program Lead (M/F)

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General information


Limagrain Europe is a pure seed player company with solid agricultural roots. Under its LG, international brand, the company is developing innovative solutions based on a multi-crop offer through 20 subsidiaries. LG is one of the European seed leaders in maize, wheat, barley, oilseed rape and sunflower seeds available in more than 50 countries.

Limagrain Europe is contributing to progress in Agriculture every day, by offering genetic and agronomic solutions that allow farmers to achieve better performance while meeting environmental challenges and societal expectations.

Limagrain Europe is a Business Unit of Limagrain, an agricultural cooperative owned by French farmers and an international group, the fourth largest seed company worldwide. As a creator and producer of plant varieties, Limagrain distributes field seeds, vegetable seeds and agri-food products.

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Position description



Employment Type

Regular Full Time

Main Goal

The role of a breeding program lead is to define the right breeding strategy to develop the best sunflower products for the targeted geographical area.

Job description

- Definition and implementation of the strategy for geographical area:

o   trialling network definition

o   trialling volume

o   genetics understanding and genetic proposal

o   definition of hybrid/product ideotype

- Manage the allocated budget, for a maximized efficiency of the program

- Field scoring of advanced hybrids

- Data synthesis and hybrid/product characterization

- Active participation to line breeding steps: selection of starting crosses, line advancement decision and coding

- Active participation to hybrid breeding steps: new hybrids making plan, hybrid advancement meeting and allocation plan

- Anticipate conversion need for the geographical area

- Responsible for candidate selection (review of results, presentation preparation) and presentation to shareholders

- In charge of defining KPI to monitor the performance of our line breeding program


- Strong communication skills is required for effective collaboration with other teams

- Broad knowledge on plant breeding, preferably sunflower genetics knowledge

- Broad knowledge on crop production, crop protection, trialling and farming practices

- Strong decision making, prioritization and problem solving skills

- Data analysis and reporting skills, basic statistics knowledge

- Knowledge of the sunflower market for the geographical area

- Understanding of new breeding technologies

- Min 5 years of experience in agricultural research

- Min 5 years of experience in a leadership role

- Master in Agronomy or related field (Msc)

Position localization

Job location

Europe, Romania

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

Master's degree

Minimum level of experience required

5 years or more


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


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