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Global Director of Trait and Technologies (M/F)

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The fourth largest seed company in the world, Limagrain is an international cooperative group created and directed by French farmers. As a creator and producer of plant varieties, Limagrain markets field seeds, vegetable seeds and cereal products.
As a global leader in the vegetable seeds industry, Hazera, Business Unit of Group Limagrain, brings you expertise, commitment and support founded on the legacies of Hazera Genetics and Nickerson-Zwaan. Combining decades of experience with state-of-the-art technology, we breed, develop, produce and market varieties and seeds in a wide range of vegetable crops around the world.  

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Job details


R & D - Research

Job title

Global Director of Trait and Technologies (M/F)

Business Unit


Employment Type

Regular Full-Time

Contractual hours


Main Goal

Can you imagine what a vegetable seed company of the future will look like? Does the thought of making the future a reality get you excited? Do you have experience working in Seed R&D?

We are seeking passionate candidates to help Hazera transform the ways we provide value to our customers. Working collaboratively with all colleagues in Hazera and Limagrain Vegetables Seeds, we promote the development and application of key traits and technologies, identify and deploy breakthrough solutions that will improve breeding and research activities. Together, with our customers, we are redefining the future of vegetable seed business and developing innovative solutions to improve variety development.

The objective of the Global Director of Trait and Technologies is to be responsible for the execution of the global strategic “Trait and Technologies” plan with its associated budget. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to build strong internal and external relationships and deliver traits, technologies and services to breeders and scientists. He or she will have experience in a Plant Breeding, Trait development and Technology integration and will be based in Israel or Netherlands. The Trait and Technologies teams are located in Brurim (Israel), Warmenhuizen (Netherlands) and Rilland (Netherlands). The Global Trait and Technologies Director will be reporting to the Head of R&D. The position is part of R&D Management Team and the Global Leadership Forum.

Job description

Roles & Responsibilities:
• Maintain, build and leverage internal and external networks to support timely delivery of business goals;
• Provide direct and functional leadership to experts within the fields of phytopathology, entomology, cell biology, genetics, data analytics, bioinformatics, data analytics and pre-breeding;
• Lead and develop the Trait and Technologies Lead team;
• Strengthen the knowledge base of the team within the afore mentioned fields and expand our freedom-to-operate and intellectual property position;
• Initiate and lead multidisciplinary programs aimed at innovation of hybrids;
• Work closely with breeding teams, understanding their needs and foster technology integration in breeding programs;
• Owner of trait and technology portfolio;
• Develop and maintain an international scientific network;
• Identify, assess and manage new partnership opportunities;
• Contribute to the global IP (intellectual property) strategy;
• In charge of the budget; monitor and control the OPEX, CAPEX & Staff budget execution.


• PhD in Plant Breeding or in any of the above mentioned fields;
• Proven leadership skills with minimum 8 years of direct senior management experience experience in the field of breeding research, technologies and breakthrough solutions, with a proven track record of successful people development in which you have demonstrated the ability to inspire employees and external stakeholders at all levels;
• Understanding of Seeds business, preferably experience working for or with seed companies;
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
• Demonstrated technical savviness across multiple domains;
• Ability to anticipate breeders and scientists needs coupled with strong skills of execution;
• Comfort with ambiguity and making progress without always having next steps clearly defined;
• Ability to (remotely) manage multiple interfaces, build positive relationship and collaboration with peers within the business unit and within Limagrain and with external companies;
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others and meet mutual goals in an ever changing and challenging environment, you have experience with leading change and continuous improvement management;
• Understand business objectives and act upon them, by making strategic choices;
• Excellent command of the English language;
• Willingness to travel up to 30% of your time.

Job location

Job location

Middle-East/North Africa, Israel


7983700, Israel

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

PHD or equivalent

Minimum level of experience required

8 years or more


Working at Hazera means contributing in a professional way to the growth of our business, in an informal, international environment. We are customer and market oriented and teamwork is important. Other characteristics of our organization are openness, flexibility and orientation on results. We focus on employee development with consideration and respect for individual needs.

If you are enthusiastic to join a growing organization, please send us as soon as possible an English letter of motivation and a detailed resume.