We are looking for an energetic and results oriented Seed Operations Manager with an entrepreneurial spirit. The ideal candidate is an experienced professional with a global mindset, a collaborative personality and the ability to lead teams in an inspiring way.
What are you going to do?
As a Seed Operations Manager for US/Canada, you will be responsible for all matters within the local organization that concern Seed Production, Logistics, Seed Processing (seed cleaning/conditioning/enhancing, packaging and shipping) and Quality Control.
As the department head for the logistics hub of the America’s, the scope of your responsibility begins with ensuring proper production planning and ends with ensuring final delivery of high quality products.
To accomplish this, you focus on building strong teams that operate with a high degree of cross-functional collaboration. You will have continuous contact with producers and international colleagues on the progress and quality of the seed production as well as the optimization of processes within logistics and warehousing.
The department of Seed Operations is your workplace. You will report to the VP of Global Logistics and will collaborate with other managers around the world responsible for Seed Operations in other regions. You will direct, coach and motivate the local teams of Seed Production, Seed Processing and Logistics, ensuring the team works in a cohesive way and is able to perform at their best. In addition, you will join the local country leadership team responsible for ensuring national cohesion between all functional disciplines.
We seek a motivating and inspiring leader with the ability to engage and develop people and teams. You are capable of developing and implementing strategy, and able to build bridges between the different disciplines in our company. You are a solution-oriented team player with a positive attitude and global mindset. You stay on top of the latest industry developments and are able to transfer this knowledge to your global team. You look for the best possible way to achieve goals and improve processes. This requires a good balance of independence and teamwork. In this process, you are able to connect and collaborate effectively with both internal and external parties. Working across cultures with producers and international colleagues requires flexibility. You can adapt your approach based on the culture and the local conditions.
- Master’s degree, preferably in Agriculture, Supply Chain Management or Manufacturing.
- At least 8 years work experience in a relevant field.
- Willing to travel up to 40% within the USA and occasionally internationally.
- Excellent communication and leadership skills.
Enza Zaden is a vegetable breeding company that develops vegetable varieties. We produce and sell the seeds of these varieties all over the world. Both for conventional and organic growers.
Our goal is to grant people access to healthy vegetables. Anywhere in the world. Every day, more than 460 million people worldwide eat our vegetables. So, we are getting there ... but there is still enough work to be done! Of course, we look further than present needs. In 2050, when there will be about 10 billion inhabitants on our planet, we also want to make sure that people have access to healthy vegetables.
To achieve this, our 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. We 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 our DNA.
Our head office in Enkhuizen is our home base, but we have colleagues all over the world. Enza Zaden is an independent family business, where around 2000 employees from more than 40 nationalities closely work together in international teams.
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