Indication Head Pest & Disease Control



Come join us on our journey to create innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture.

Within BASF Seeds and Traits R&D, Pest Control teams identify and validate trait solutions to protect agriculture crops against damage from insect and nematode species.  Disease Control teams identify and validate trait solutions that protect crops against damage caused by microbes and viruses. 

For the Indication Area Pest & Disease Control within Trait Research, in our R&D Innovation Center in Gent (Belgium), we are looking for an inspiring Indication Head to understand and help shape strategic business priorities for Pest and Disease Control in key crops.  This position will additionally be responsible for managing a research project portfolio to achieve technical proof of success in greenhouse and field. The position is also responsible for leadership of other leaders.    

LOCATION
Ghent
COMPANY BASF
Innovation Center Gent
CONTRACT TYPE
Permanent
WORKING HOURS
Full-time

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What you can expect:

  • In alignment with strategic business drivers, you will build a prioritized cross-crop portfolio (for pest control and disease control) and will translate this portfolio into innovative research projects.
  • You will be responsible for the creation of research plans that follow sound scientific principles.
  • You will ensure that sound operational planning is performed and will ensure efficient resource planning.  You will strive for an appropriate balance between activities conducted in-house and with third parties.
  • You will manage other leaders and will model high-performance behaviors through use of HR processes and tools.  
  • You will proactively present and discuss content, status and progress of the indication research projects to relevant stakeholders within Trait Research (including within the leadership team) and also within BASF but outside of Trait Research (Legal & IP, Marketing, Regulatory, Scouting).  You will also steer portfolio projects through relevant governance processes.
  • You ensure IP protection of technologies developed and additionally implement a strategic patenting strategy to ensure and improve competitiveness.
  • You will be part of our Trait Research Leadership Team and collaboratively support delivering on R&D goals across the entire portfolio. 

Who you are:

  • PhD with at least 5 years of relevant experience is sought, or a comparable combination of education + experience.
  • Broad knowledge of the scientific disciplines used for trait discovery and characterization is strongly desired (Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Plant Transformation, Plant Analysis, etc). 
  • Basic knowledge of competitive business landscape in key crops (soybean, cotton, canola) is desired.  
  • Proven project management skills are required, with demonstrated ability to manage timeline and cost pressures for multi-stage research projects.
  • People leadership abilities experience is highly desired with focus on people empowerment and development, while achieving positive leadership outcomes.
  • Team player with past examples that demonstrate positive collaboration with business stakeholders to achieve shared goals.  
  • An understanding of the competitive landscape, including the R&D efforts of industry players, is nice-to-have.

BENEFITS

  • Responsibility from day one in a challenging work environment and "on-the-job" training as part of a committed team.
  • Competitive compensation including attractive benefits as well as excellent career opportunities in an international company.

WHAT WE GIVE YOU

  • Responsibility from day one in a challenging work environment and "on-the-job" training as part of a committed team.
  • Competitive compensation including attractive benefits as well as excellent career opportunities in an international company.

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