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Operations Manager (R&D) - Netherlands/Ref: 727059

  • Made, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Job description

We are looking for a

Operations Manager/Lead (R&D) 


In this position you will lead the vegetable seed R&D activities throughout Hazera’s sites (3) in the Netherlands and through external growers in the Netherlands. The R&D Operations Lead will have the responsibility to develop an operations management team to execute R&D activity at the sites, to coordinate implementation of a multi-crop R&D Greenhouses and field programs and to support breeding and technology projects.

You will be a member of the Global R&D Operations Leadership Team and will have close interaction with colleagues across Hazera’s R&D organization, Product Development and Seed Production.

For this role at Hazera Seeds, we are seeking an enthusiastic, results oriented and highly communicative individual with strong operational (logistics, industrial or agricultural) experience/background. You will be based in Made (Noord Brabant) and you will need to travel regularly to Hazera’s R&D sites in Rilland and Warmenhuizen.

Role & responsibilities:

  • Manage agronomic plant raising, greenhouse compartments, net houses and open field related activities
  • Lead and implement strict sanitation, safety and quality policies
  • Lead periodically reporting on activity performance, quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Create and verify continuous improvement roadmap execution
  • Ensure data driven decision making based on defined KPIs
  • Establish required protocols and processes to be followed and standardized
  • Execute breeding and technologies projects according to agreed requirements, on-time and within budget
  • Liaise with breeding teams on field trial needs and develop a field trial operational plan and budget
  • Actively manage all components of the R&D field trial plan
  • Lead investment projects, from planning to execution, collaborate with supporting functions to consolidate an approved plan. Track and execute according to milestones and expected deliverables.
  • Interact with nurseries, growers and laboratories
  • Contribute to Global R&D Operations projects and initiatives through engagement and collaborative interaction with colleagues in different regions and functions
  • Verifying operations maintenance and support in case of equipment/system breakdown

Job requirements

  • MSc in agronomy (crop science or similar field) or BSc with relevant working experience
  • Proven strong people management skills
  • Strong project management experience
  • Background in field or vegetable crop research (preferred)
  • Knowledge of operational practices, logistics and planning
  • Experience in agricultural activities, field trialing and/or vegetables greenhouses operations (an advantage)
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and strong problem-solving capabilities
  • Expertise in MS Office and data analysis applications
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically frequently and to work under variable environmental conditions associated with field trial work
  • Fluent in Dutch and English language
  • Valid driver’s license

Our offer:

  • Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) for Horticultural Seed Companies
  • 25 days paid holidays (full time employment)
  • 13 days paid ATV (full time employment)
  • Vitality leave to facilitate sustainable employability (number of days depending on age)
  • Holiday allowance of 8,33%
  • Company car eligibility
  • Flexible working hours (depending on the position)
  • Lease-a-bike to promote sustainable employability
  • Discount on collective health insurances
  • Commuting allowance according to the CLA
  • Free fresh fruits
  • Free fresh vegetables to take home in the growing season
  • Career opportunities within Limagrain Group (access to all vacancies, locally & abroad)
  • Learning & Development opportunities (Hazera Academy)
  • Working with passionate colleagues
  • Active Employee Association (regular events, e.g BBQ & Padel)


Do you already see yourself as part of the Hazera Seeds team? Then we are looking for you, as our growth and success are driven by passionate and dedicated individuals!

For more details, get in contact with our Talent Acquisition Specialist, Andreea Catarov at +31634594452 or via email:

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