Agricultural Research and Development Manager - Canada

Location New Brunswick
Discipline: Agriculture, Farming
Job type: Permanent
Salary: ££50000 - £70000 per annum + Medical + Health + Dental Care
Contact name: Maria Ledbury

Contact email:
Job ref: 14671 ML_1638287132
Published: about 2 months ago
Startdate: ASAP

Job Title: Agricultural Research & Development Manager

Vacancy Ref No: 14671 RG

Location: Canada, North America

The Company:

Our client is a leading Potato Processing Plant located in North America. They now are seeking to recruit an Agricultural Research & Development Manager.

The Industry: Agricultural Research, Development Manager, Research Manager, Manager, Leadership, Technical Support, Innovation, Biology, Farmer, Farming, Potato, Potatoes, Management, Vegetables, Crops, Agricultural, Agricultural, Growing, Grower, Grower Manager, Greenhouse, Harvest, Harvesting.

The Job Role Details:

As an Agricultural Research & Development Manager, you will be responsible to develop new agricultural products and practices to support potato commercial program. The role has 3 main areas: innovation, variety development and technical support for commercial growers. Development of strategic projects in collaboration with public and private Agricultural Research institutes, to look for top technologies available to support the Farm, management of the potato variety program, provide technical support to growers and establishment of innovative projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Development of new processing potato varieties, transfer new techniques for seed and commercial production.
  • Work with private and public breeding institutions to obtain new promising potato varieties for testing and distribution to growers.
  • Assists with the management and direction of the research and development programs to meet organizational needs and to capitalize on potential new products.
  • Develops and implements research and development procedures and techniques.
  • Oversees complex research projects, analyses result and provides recommendations based on findings.
  • Ensures staff execute their day-to-day tasks.
  • Implement protocols, screen, and qualify new potato varieties to get more adapted varieties with high field yield potential to support the business on raw material cost reduction.
  • Training and coaching of human capital; spread culture of teamwork and collaboration, sharing good practices, technical and business information to the Team.
  • Assists with the management of the Ag Research Program, conducting research trials, reporting all technical advances, new technologies and products to generate solutions to potato production system.
  • Maintain key relationships with Federal and State public institutions, to import or export new varieties for testing.
  • Establishment of best agricultural practices to optimize field productivity and quality.
  • Determine the scope of research projects and assists with ensuring they are on time and within budget.
  • Ensured that project/department milestones/goals are met and adhere to approved budgets. Accountabilities - Ag. R&D manager is responsible for two direct reports (full-time) and seasonal labour.

Minimum Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor's degree in agriculture or Biology.
  • 5+ years of experience working in agricultural research or related field (potato research strongly preferred).
  • 2+ years of management experience in the agricultural industry.

Key Skills/Experience Required:

  • To be successful as a research and development manager, you must:
  • Have strong leadership skills, technical and business knowledge.
  • Can take decisions.
  • Be able to see the big picture as you will have to envision projects from start to finish.
  • Have a keen ability to pay attention to details.
  • Have leadership and managerial skills as well as the ability to communicate well with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to think outside the box with demonstrated creativity
  • Can meet deadlines and deal with pressure, particularly around planting and harvesting seasons.
  • Be able to coach staff.

Salary package:

£ 50,000 - £ 70,000 p.a. - Experience Dependant

Plus: 15% Annual Incentive Bonus

Benefits: Full benefits package which includes medical, health and dental plan and a retirement plan.