Product Development Manager ( Ethiopia)

Job Summary

Applications are invited from qualified persons for the above vacant position.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description/Requirements

Position Reporting to: Country Head & Product Development and Regulatory Lead East Africa

Job Responsibilities:
•    Work with country head and R&D teams to create new product development concepts and plans that both align with our client’s strategy and current market trends in pesticides business.
•    Plan, prepare budget and organize conventional & bio-pesticides field trials at research centers, universities, commercial and small holder farms.
•    Support in the screening of new products opportunities in the country. Identify technical pros and cons and generally contribute to the overall assessment of product opportunities.
•    Support product registration process, trials and demonstrations to register new products in the country, within the agreed timelines.
•    Conduct demo trials on selected products if, and as required, at commercial and small holder farms and generate supporting scientific data validating concepts to show performance of products to growers that will help to commercialize the products.
•    Conduct field day and present trial results of products tested on commercial and small holder farms that will help to disseminate the products knowledge to the growers/product end users.
•    Provide necessary support to commercial team for qualifying existing products improvement concepts and developing marketing plans.
•    For new product launches, play lead role in training and overall, technically supporting the commercialization effort, and technical liaisons with bodies that would support product knowledge dissemination.

•    BSC Degree in Agriculture from a recognized institution
•    Minimum of 5 years’ experience in conventional and bio-pesticides product development or technical support.
•    Working knowledge of weed science, plant pathology and entomology for specialty crops and accepted field-testing techniques used to evaluate product performance. Additional experience in biological crop protection is an added advantage.
•    Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
•    Demonstrated ability to develop repeatable processes or improve existing processes in and out of product development.
•    Demonstrated the ability to push projects over the finish line with sound planning and persistent execution in line with the country’s business objectives.
•    Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record.
•    Must be willing to frequently travel independently to the rural areas.
•    Strong English communication skills (both written and verbal) and presentation.
•    Computer literate with Proficiency in Microsoft Office packages.

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