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Product Development Manager

RIJK ZWAAN SSA

Product & Project Management

1 month ago

Job Summary

Building bridges from crop teams to markets. Applying your experience to develop the product assortment. As Product Development Manager contributing to the future growth of the vegetable sector in Sub Saharan Africa.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelors
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description/Requirements

What does your job as Product Development Manager at Rijk Zwaan look like?

Rijk Zwaan is committed to develop its presence in the vegetable seed market and promote Rijk Zwaan varieties to growers, wholesalers, and retailers in Sub Saharan Africa. We believe in finding the best possible varieties for growers and helping them to get the best yield and quality, while keeping in mind the requirements of the end-users. As Product Development Manager you fulfill an essential role in carrying out product development and commercial activities in the main vegetable growing regions of East Africa (with focus on Kenya and Tanzania), in close cooperation with RZ distributors. You will be responsible to develop the product pipeline for all relevant vegetable crops across the region in order to achieve a higher market share for Rijk Zwaan.


You will be involved in

°  Analyzing, sharing, and acting on market information together with global crop teams & the Sub Sahara African commercial team, collaborating to develop crop strategies.

°  Organizing pre-commercial trials to identify potential new varieties, in cooperation with the commercial managers, distributors and global crop teams.

°  Collecting, analyzing, and sharing trial information with global crop teams & the Sub-Saharan Africa commercial team.

°  Developing commercial introduction plans of RZ varieties and concepts in the East African and wider Saharan Africa vegetable market.

°  Providing services, including cultivation advice, to customers and partners in accordance with commercial strategy and company culture.

°  Co-developing client plans including sales forecasts and actions that contribute to higher customer satisfaction.

°  Assisting in field days, client visits and RZ colleague visits in the region.

°  Travelling within Sub Saharan Africa as well as internationally in order to maintain an up- to-date overview of global and local product portfolios.


Your contribution:

You are creative, and an energetic and entrepreneurial person. You are a good communicator and bridge builder with good social skills. You have a commercial mindset but can see over the horizon to prepare a future product pipeline. You are proactive with good analytical skills and naturally you are honest and frank. You are self-supporting and in possession of a driving license. You are able and willing to travel within East Africa, across the Sub-Saharan Africa region and also internationally to carry out your role.


In addition, we expect the following:

°  At least a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, horticulture or equivalent

°  5+ years of experience in a product development position with experience in our agricultural sector.

°  Demonstrated ability to operate in an international setting.

°  Experience in extension, farmer training in the East African context.

°  Experience in trial planning and execution including data collection for variety advancement decisions.

°  Good knowledge of English (speaking and writing) and Kiswahili (native or fluent).

°  Good knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point, Teams and use of the internet

°  Driving license and good experience in driving for at least 2 years in Kenya.


What can you expect from us?

As Product Development Manager you will be part of the Sub Sahara Africa (SSA) Team, reporting to the Business Manager of the SSA Cluster. The SSA team consists of colleagues carrying out breeding, product & sales development and chain activities. Rijk Zwaan has been active in SSA over 15 years together with our commercial partners in 18 countries. We support vegetable growers from large to small in finding the best solution for their enterprises, both open field and under protection.


Besides an international work environment, we are happy to offer you:

°  a permanent contract from the start (including a probation period of 6 months)

°  competitive salary based on job level and experience.

°  stimulating international travel within the Rijk Zwaan network

°  various training opportunities through our Rijk Zwaan Academy.

°  an entrepreneurial and innovative work environment with ever new challenges.


Background check: A full background check is part of the procedure.

Status: Permanent Position.


How to Apply:

If you believe you can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the criteria given above, please submit your application letter with a detailed CV attached with relevant academic certificates with the subject “SSA Product Development manager” to ajira@rijkzwaan.com or submit your application via the Rijk Zwaan Careers website, www.rijkzwaancareers.com before 03 June 2024.

We will consider your application carefully, which may take some time. Only shortlisted candidates will hear from us as soon as possible.


Rijk Zwaan is an equal opportunity company, everyone is encouraged to apply.

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