Product Manager Open Field

North Holland
Veredeling/Breeding (Plant en Dier)

On behalf of our client we are looking for a results-oriented Product Manager Open Field with an entrepreneurial spirit.
The ideal candidate is an experienced professional in the vegetable (seed) business with a global mindset, a collaborative personality
and the ability to align the disciplines R&D, production and sales in an inspiring way.

The power of our client

Our client is a vegetable breeding company that develops vegetable varieties. They produce and sell the seeds of these varieties all over the world. Both for conventional and organic growers.
Their goal is to grant people access to healthy vegetables. Anywhere in the world. Every day, about half a billion people worldwide eat their vegetables. So, they are getting there … but there is still enough work to be done! Of course, they look further than present needs. In 2050, when there will be about 10 billion inhabitants on our planet, they also want to make sure that people have access to healthy vegetables.
To achieve this, their vegetable breeders work with the best that nature offers. Supported by state-of-the-art technologies to speed up our breeding process. And that is really necessary, because currently the development of a new vegetable variety takes at least 6 years. They focus on higher yield, resistance to diseases and pests and climate extremes such as heat and drought. And on taste, shelf life and nutrients. The results? Strong, healthy tasty and climate-proof vegetable varieties with higher yield per square meter and less need of crop protection products or fertilizer. In short, sustainability is truly in their DNA.
Their head office in North Holland, The Netherlands,  is their home base, but they have colleagues all over the world. Our client is an independent family business, where around 2000 employees from more than 40 nationalities closely work together in international teams.

Role of Product Manager Open Field
As a versatile, communicative and analytical Product Manager you are eager to learn. You have an entrepreneurial attitude and clear understanding of commercial matters.
The main task of the Product Manager is to manage the life cycle of different vegetable variety portfolios.  As a Product Manager Open Field:

  • you will align research, seed production and sales to optimise profits;
  • You will analyse global and local market trends to ensure optimal product positioning;
  • You will maintain close contact with different departments and you will be part of international, multidisciplinary teams;
  • You will support the sales team globally with the introduction strategy of varieties and you will visit international trial locations in order to support the decision-making progress.
    With the broad view on open field developments across the world our Client will achieve global alignment. You are visiting Noord West Europa (e.g. Italy, Spain and Germany), India, China, etc.;
  • You will report to the Senior Portfolio Manager.

Your power

You are versatile and you interact easily with diverse people and are able to be part of various teams. You know how to develop long-term business relationships, both within and outside our international organisation. You have an entrepreneurial and result-orientation attitude, a clear understanding of commercial matters and strong analytical skills. You recognise opportunities and you take action when needed. You are able to make quick, adequate decisions. You have a strong customer-orientation and you are someone who thinks together with the customer. You ask questions to gain a full understanding of the problem or needs. You are willing to travel frequently (30-35% of the time).
In short you;

  • Have a bachelor degree, preferably in Agribusiness;
  • Have at least 3 years of relevant working experience in agribusiness;
  • You have strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Are persuasive combined with strong communication skills.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a successful business. So if you are interested or you are ready to take the next step in your career.
Then apply confidentially to or get in contact with Green Career Consult, via Mr. Johan Grootscholten, Managing Partner / Senior Consultant, mobile: +31 (0)6 38976049.
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