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R&D Operations lead



North Brabant, Netherlands
Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Leading the vegetable seed R&D activities throughout Hazera’s sites (3) 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.

Hazera is a global leader in the seed industry. Hazera brings expertise, commitment and support, combining decades of experience with state-of-the-art technology. Hazera breeds, develops, produces and markets varieties and seeds in a wide range of vegetable crops around the world. Hazera’s headquarters are situated in The Netherlands and Israel, with subsidiaries in twelve countries and an extensive distribution network providing services in over 100 additional markets. For the organization in the Netherlands we are searching for a R&D lead with an international scope and will be responsible for the three sites in the Netherlands.


Lead the vegetable seed R&D activities throughout Hazera’s sites in the Netherlands

  • 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.


Pragmatic and approachable R&D operations lead with an international scope

Job requirements

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Agronomy (crops science or similar field) or other agri business related study.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar operations position.
  • 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).
  • Expertise in 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.


  • Enthusiastic
  • Strong communication skills, able to engage a team and build relationships.
  • Proven strong people management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and strong problem-solving capabilities
  • Operational experience /background.
  • Pragmatic, hands-on mentality.
  • Analytical and solution focused.
  • Helicopter view.


Hazera offers a principal position in a customer and market oriented company. They are openminded and flexible with focus on the personal development of employees. They respect individual needs and offer room for initiatives and input. Entrepreneurship and leadership are rewarded with a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits. Hazera offers Learning & Development opportunities (Hazera Academy) and Career opportunities within Limagrain Group (access to all vacancies, locally & abroad).


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.


For further information, please contact Eggon Allersma at phone number +31 (0)6 46 07 49 58. You can send your application through our website www.ceresrecruitment.nl. Comprehensive information regarding the company can be found at https://www.hazera.com. A personality questionnaire will be part of the recruitment process.