R & D - Research operations
USA R&D Operations Manager (M / F)
The objective of this position is to establish an R&D Operations station in California and to support the R&D field and greenhouses testing needs for the assigned region.
The R&D Operations Manager will have the responsibility to define the station location, build an operations team (including trial officer), coordination and implementation of a multi-
crop R&D field trial program, and evaluation of the projects. For this position Hazera Seeds is seeking an enthusiastic, results oriented, and highly communicative individual.
You will be a member of the global R&D department reporting to the Global Trialing Lead. Also, you will have close interaction with the USA management, product development, and commercial department of Hazera Inc.
You will be based in California (final location to be defined flexibility required).
Your Impact :
Set a plan for a new R&D station (growing areas, post-harvest operations, offices and logistics) according to breeding projects requirements, and verify execution of this plan on-time and within budget
Liaise with breeding teams gathering regional field trial needs and translate into a regional R&D field trial operational plan (content and budget).
Actively manage all components of the R&D field trial plan, e.g. placement of trials, sowing, planting, etc.
Actively steer on field trial success and quality data, monitor and report on progress.
Carry out evaluation of trials and support the breeding in selections and multiplication.
Support Breeding in seed extraction activities.
Interact with local authorities in order to get phytosanitary certificates and export permits.
Interact with nurseries, growers, seed dealers and laboratories.
Ensure objectivity, reliability and sound data collection and processing.
Contribute to the further development of a global R&D trial network through engagement and collaborative interaction with colleagues in the different regions.
Your background :
MSc in agronomy, crop science or related field or BSc with relevant working experience.
Over 5yrs Project management experience or direct people (more than 10 employees) management or multi-regional management (over 5yrs).
Agronomical background / experience or field vegetable crop research.
Knowledge of plant breeding.
Proven experience in field trialing, including trial setup and field evaluations.
A demonstrated ability to work independently and a strong problem-solving capability.
Expertise in MS Office and data analysis.
Expertise with handheld field data collection devices and associated software.
Ability and willingness to travel domestically frequently and to work under variable environmental conditions associated with field trial work.
Proficient in English.
Minimum level of education required
Agriculture / Agronomy
Minimum level of experience required
English (4 - Fluent)