Seeds R&D Digital Product Owner

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We are seeking a professional to join our team as a Seeds R&D Digital Product Owner. In this role, you operate within an international team to enable BASF scientists and breeders to make quicker and more accurate data-driven decisions by providing cross-functional and integrated informatics solutions to accelerate product development and strengthen BASF’s competitive advantage in the seeds business. Your work will contribute to BASF’s innovative Seeds and Traits to help farmers sustainably feed and clothe the world, the biggest job on earth. Your place of employment will be Ghent, Belgium.


  • You will be the Product Owner for multiple R&D applications used by different business functions.
  • You will be in regular dialogue with the product family manager, who brings in the vision of our overall Seeds Digital Roadmap.
  • You will collaborate in a project team with business representatives that gathers requirements and performs functional analysis, as well as change management with the user community.
  • You will define the product vision together with the project team and ensure that the product is continually improved according to prioritized business requirements.
  • You will ensure the product maintenance and lifecycle management.
  • You will lead an agile/scrum development team proceeding from technical analysis and design to implementation, user test, and rollout.
  • You will provide the development team with user stories based upon the gathered requirements.
  • You will manage relationships with any external partners and vendors upon which the product depends.
  • You will be part of the global product owner community, where you contribute to the overall vision of the digital landscape, and address interdependencies between products.


  • You have a Master’s degree with at least 5 years of successful experience, or a PhD, in a relevant field of digital life science. Bioinformatics knowledge and experience is required.
  • Your knowledge in the field of plant biotechnology including molecular analysis, trait and gene discovery, predictive breeding, and lab data management would be a plus.
  • You understand business needs/demands & define business requirements at a product level.
  • You have hands-on experience in agile project management and the usage of scrum with DevOps teams for implementation.
  • You demonstrate excellent collaboration and communication skills, and the ability to work within global and diverse teams as well as with external partners and vendors where appropriate.
  • Your digital mindset and your passion for improving processes enables you to think out of the box as you design solutions in teamwork.


  • A permanent contract within an attractive working environment in a professional and motivated team.
  • A role with challenging assignments and responsibilities.
  • An attractive base salary in relation to your diploma and competencies, an annual bonus, and extra-legal benefits.
  • A good work-life balance.

Come join us in bringing the lab to the field

About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division

Everything we do, we do for the love of farming. Farming is fundamental to provide enough healthy and affordable food for a rapidly growing population, while reducing environmental impacts. That’s why we are working with partners and experts to integrate sustainability criteria into all business decisions. We invest in a strong R&D pipeline, combining innovative thinking with practical action in the field. Our solutions are purpose-designed for different crop systems. Connecting seeds and traits, crop protection products, digital tools and sustainability approaches, to help deliver the best possible outcomes for farmers, growers and our other stakeholders along the value chain. With teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we do everything in our power to build a sustainable future for agriculture. In 2023, our division generated sales of €10.1 billion.

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Application process

1. Application

You found the job you like on our website. Time to hit that ‘apply’-button and let us know who you are through the application form.

2. First encounter

We are intrigued by your application and call you immediately. At this point you can expect questions like: What motivates you? And what are your skills?

3. Interview

The call went great! So here you are, ready for your interview with HR and a hiring manager. We want to know more of your story and of course, you can ask about our story as well.

4. Contract

Welcome to our team. When can you start? So we can everything ready for your first day. You know, computer, paperwork, cake, balloons …

5. Onboarding

We welcome you with open arms and get you up and running. Including our eye-opening bootscamp, from the lab to the field.