Senior Group Leader Digital Automation & Engineering

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We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Senior Group Leader to join the STA R&D Informatics group/leadership team. In this role, you will be responsible for leading and steering a group of specialized professionals in automation & engineering across various locations, as well as guiding and aligning their efforts to drive digital solutions and innovation on a global scale. The candidate will have a background in digital solution management, excellent leadership abilities, and an understanding of market trends and stakeholder needs in the digital space.


  • Lead and manage a Global Digital Automation & Engineering group, providing guidance, mentorship, and support to ensure the delivery of high-quality digital products.
  • You will run people and team development processes, including performance management and career development, and ensure that your team is compliant with all existing safety, stewardship and quality standards.
  • Foster a collaborative and inclusive team environment, promoting knowledge sharing, cross-functional collaboration, and professional growth.
  • In close collaboration and consultation with the Digital Product Family Managers and Digital Solution Managers, be responsible for reviewing resource demands and staff allocation for R&D digital product development.
  • Assist Product Family Managers in addressing resource management issues and improving processes, assign employees to products based on their skills, experience, and availability.
  • Manage product owner resources and ensure sufficient resources are available through capacity planning.
  • Manage conflicts related to resource allocation and maintain a comprehensive understanding of current and upcoming product development activities to effectively plan resources.
  • Develop and implement digital product management best practices, frameworks, and processes to streamline and optimize product development lifecycle.
  • Foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement within the team, encouraging creativity and exploring new opportunities to enhance digital products.


  • Master’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of successful experience in leading global teams, or a minimum of 10 years of experience in a similar position.
  • Additionally, it is required that you have a minimum of 10 years of successful experience in the relevant field of digital life science.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to inspire, motivate, and influence a diverse team of product owners.
  • Strong people management skills, including multi-year experience in developing and coaching digital teams.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills that enable you to effectively communicate and interact with diverse teams and stakeholders on a global scale.
  • A digital mindset and your passion for improving processes enables you to think out of the box.
  • Keep abreast of new developments and innovation in digital technologies and strategy.
  • You are known for your pragmatism, hands-on mentality and strong team leadership and social skills.
  • Experience in agile methodologies and ways of working.
  • You have a track record of successfully managing organizational change initiatives and experience in planning, implementing, and evaluating change management strategies.


  • Responsibility from day one in a challenging but dynamic work environment and “on-the-job” training as part of a committed team.
  • Competitive compensation including attractive benefits.
  • Development discussions and programs so that you can reach your full potential.
  • A dynamic team with enthusiastic colleagues.
  • Onboarding to help you settle in quickly, ensuring you are part of the BASF team from day one.
  • A good work-life balance with the possibility of remote working according to the company policy.

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.