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Program Leader Crop Efficiency Traits | Fulltime - Belgium  

Bayer (company)


Posted on : 26 February 2017

Project Description

Your tasks and responsibilities
Your challenge will be to 
  • Lead a multi-dimensional Discovery program with multiple projects aiming to better understand the biology and underlying genetics of yield formation  in wheat.
  • Generate new concepts for wheat improvement based on the generated understanding.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to develop the program tactics, coordinate program execution and  communicate progress  and results.  
  • Your main tasks and responsibilities 
  • Drive and manage a Discovery research program and deliver timely and qualitatively on agreed program milestones within budget.
  • Proactively report, present and discuss content, status and progress of the research to relevant stakeholders within company Research, as well as to external audiences.
  • Drive cooperation across different Research groups and  collaborators such as Alliance Management, Stewardship and Intellectual Property.
  • Achieve an optimal balance between activities conducted in-house and with third parties, and develop and maintain excellent third party relationships. 
  • Propose and manage project budgets, investments and resources.

Who you are:
  • PhD or equivalent through experience, with a minimum of 6 years relevant experience in research, management of multidisciplinary research programs and/or international collaborations.
  • Profound scientific expertise and experience in genetics or agronomics. Hands-on expertise in wheat is highly desired.
  • Advanced project management skills and up-to-date knowledge on feasibility, timelines and costs of R&D processes.
  • Innovative, results-driven and open-minded towards newly emerging solutions.
  • Leadership capabilities to inspire and empower a project team as well as to challenge the team members to the best of their abilities; demands accountability.
  • Team player, ability to interact with any stakeholder to translate technology priorities into research projects, ability to cooperate with any other stakeholder function in R&D and beyond.
  •  Good communication, presentation and networking skills. 
  •  Full professional proficiency in English.  

Our Offer:
You have the opportunity to be part of a culture where we value the passion of our employees to innovate and give them the power to change. Our employees benefit from good employment conditions, such as 
  •  Excellent salary including vacation allowance, company car, smartphone and expense allowances
  •  Performance bonus and year end premium
  •  34 days off
  •   Group insurance which contains a defined contribution pension plan, life insurance and disability plan and hospitalization insurance 
  • An inspiring working environment with professional and committed colleagues 
  •  A successful innovative organisation 
  •  International career possibilities 
  •  Challenges and possibilities to learn and to develop 
  •  Personal comfort services