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  • Job Type
    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Finance & Accounting
  • Languages
    English Dutch
  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
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    • Date Posted
      September 06,2022
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    R&D Manager Arable


    Are you an expert in the Arable field? Do people describe you as result-oriented and ambitious and do you want to further strengthen our market position? Then we would like to meet with you!

    Agrifirm's vision is to work every day on a responsible food chain for future generations. Why? Because the growth of the world population today requires a different and innovative way of thinking and acting in the agricultural sector. We want to ensure that we can continue to offer consumers affordable, healthy and sustainable food.

    Agrifirm therefore supplies high-quality animal feed, products supporting crop growth and also professional advice. We focus on the development of innovative, sustainable products and concepts that help livestock farmers and growers to achieve the best possible results for now and in the future.

    The Challenge

    The Business Unit (BU) Arable is a knowledge intensive trading house with approximately 6,000 growers in arable farming, flower bulbs, fruit and outdoor vegetable cultivation. By providing advice, our distinctive knowledge and supporting products, we support our growers to realize successful crop production. The agricultural world is in the spotlight with its current challenges. But especially in the Arable sector, this also brings great opportunities to build and invest together with growers in a “responsible food chain for future generations”. This includes the use of biological resources, research into protein rich crops and the use of data and digital solutions for an integrated advice to our customers. We stand for innovation and want to do everything we can to help our customers to contribute to a sustainable food chain.

    An important aspect is to secure the profitability and competitive position of the growers in this time of major changes.

    What makes Agrifirm special is that we are a cooperative with 10,000 farmers (members), who are not only our customers but also the owners of the company. This creates a nice dynamic, in which we as always strive for the best for our members.

    Your responsibilities

    Your team is part of the global R&D team of Agrifirm and is responsible for the innovation of the BU Arable in very close cooperation with the business.
    As R&D Manager Arable:

    • You are constantly developing and looking for new insights that contribute to the BU Arable business strategy;
    • You connect the business, the R&D team and other departments in the organization regarding innovations and opportunities in the arable sector;
    • You translate the insights into opportunities that can be of added commercial value for Agrifirm. Focus is on digital cultivation advice at crop level, protein transition and low environmental impact solutions;
    • You translate the business strategy into an innovation strategy and adequate project roadmap;
    • You are responsible for setting up and realizing these projects, sometimes also in collaboration with third parties;
    • You also take care of the professional and personal development of your team members.

    What is on your CV?

    • You have a MSc. and preferably a PhD on a sector-related subject (digital cultivation advice, crop/soil/pest modeling, new technologies linked to agriculture (= smart farming technology), integrated pest management (plague prevention), soil science, protein transition);
    • You have extensive experience within a commercial organization and you are business driven. You can translate scientific developments into practice;
    • You have relevant research experience and an excellent network both nationally and internationally and you know the leading experts in your field;
    • You have project and portfolio management experience. Experience with innovation methodologies such as lean startup, business model canvas is an advantage;
    • You speak and write Dutch and English fluently.

    This is you

    You are a real team player who knows how to inspire his team members. You are an authority in the arable field. You are result-oriented and ambitious. You connect scientific trends to commercial opportunities. You also think outside the box and have excellent communication skills. You are able to create support and you know how to propagate your vision both within and outside the organization.

    What can you expect from us?

    A challenging position in an enthusiastic and committed team where cooperation and results are central. Our employees make the difference. That is why we invest in our people.

    As a colleague at Agrifirm you receive:

    • A good salary
    • A sound pension scheme
    • Excellent secondary benefits such as yearly bonus
    • Extensive development options via our Agrifirm Academy

    Optimal results on the farm, made possible by you!

    Why you should work with us? Because you end up in a company that is in full development and distinguishes itself with innovative and sustainable products and concepts. You work with well-trained colleagues who speak the farmer's language. At Agrifirm we have high ambitions and we expect the same from you and your team. So quite a responsibility!

    Are you our new colleague who knows how to make a difference?
    For more information, please contact Sela Ford, Corporate Recruiter at 06 13 18 49 76. You can apply through our website or other portals; please use the application button.

    An assessment is part of the procedure.

    Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated

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    Why should you be interested in joining us:

    At Royal Agrifirm Group, we are passionate about farming. We want to make the difference, care about the future and aim high. Together we can be the best, we can create relevant impact worldwide. Join us on our journey to create a responsible food chain for future generations.

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