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Manager Licencing & Contractresearch

Are you a natural-born networker and fully up to date on the latest developments in the world of international breeding research? If so, apply for this vacancy for a Manager Licencing & Contractresearch at our offices in De Lier.
What will your role as Manager Licencing & Contractresearch at Rijk Zwaan entail?
Within this role you are responsible for coordinating external research contacts that are relevant for our strategic and operational R&D activities. This covers not only technical and scientific developments in the field of research, but also business-related ones. In close consultation with the research managers, breeding managers and board of directors, you identify research centres/companies, start-ups and their activities in the fields that are relevant for Rijk Zwaan. You initiate and maintain contact with institutions around the world, and you embody Rijk Zwaan’s interest and engagement – making use of both your own network and the networks of your colleagues.
You make suggestions about our strategic direction and work in close collaboration with the board of directors, research managers and researchers to develop external R&D-related business opportunities. By playing an active role in coordinating contract research activities and the in-licensing and out-licensing technology and patented plant traits, you help to ease the workload for your R&D colleagues.
What do you have to offer?
You have a sound knowledge of plant breeding and genetic research including a large scientific network. Furthermore, you have good interpersonal skills, clear business insight and strong negotiation skills which you use to achieve the best results for everyone involved and to build successful long-term relationships. You can cope well under pressure and are able to quickly grasp the essence of new developments in order to focus on what matters and set priorities. You’re willing to spend an average of four months per year travelling, the majority of which will be as short business trips.

Necessary qualifications and experience:
  • A university degree, preferably in the field of plant breeding or biotech
  • At least 5 years of (international) professional experience related to scouting and tech transfer
Fluency in English, both written and spoken
What can you expect from us?
You work together with your colleagues to foster collaboration and develop projects with knowledge institutions worldwide. Our motto is: Reinforcing, helping and inspiring one another. In addition, we’re happy to offer you:
  • A permanent contract from the start
  • Various training courses and opportunities through our very own Rijk Zwaan Academy
  • The freedom to take the initiative and work on your own development
Will you be the one to make a difference with us as Manager Licencing & Contractresearch?
Does this profile sound just like you, and are you eager to get started as soon as possible? Simply click on ‘Apply’ to apply directly. You can address your application to Ellen de Ruiter (Advisor Human Resources).
We will consider your application carefully, which may take some time. You will hear from us as soon as possible. 
An assessment will be part of the procedure. 

Rijk Zwaan: your new employer? 
Rijk Zwaan is an international family company with a people-oriented culture. Rijk Zwaan is right at the start of the food chain. We develop vegetable varieties and sell the seeds produced from them globally. We have a long-term focus, which is why we offer our employees a permanent contract as soon as they join us.
From our strategic position we contribute to the health and well-being of people all over the world. Everything we do is about growth. The growth of natural products that we export around the world. The growth of our company, which currently employs over 3,300 people in more than 30 countries. And above all the growth of our people: we give you every opportunity to use your own initiative and achieve your full potential. Working with colleagues to produce the best and tastiest vegetables. Reinforcing, helping and inspiring one another. That’s how we want to continuously work together towards a healthy future.

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