Business developer international Agri and food business

Updated: 2 months ago

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Within the Plant Sciences Group we are looking for a business developer who is excited to work with international clients selling information and services derived from online scientific Agri & Food tools.

As (junior) business developer you will focus on marketing the Agri & Food tools and Customer Services topics. The following topics are key aspects of the job; market validation, market analysis, license models, user intelligence and Customer-oriented product development. View our websites: and

You have a commercial drive and strong interest in international Agri and food business. In this position you can use your expertise and extend your knowledge in marketing and sales.

You get the opportunity to:

  •  Enhancing business skills
  • Learn more about valorisation of scientific knowledge
  • Chance to make a positive impact on sustainable global food production
You responsibilities will be:
  • Marketing the Agri & Food tools
  • Act as intermediary between customers and scientific and technical staff
  • Documenting important steps in the project
  • Reporting weekly status and the end result of the project
  • Summarize value creation route: online licenses models and sponsorship options
  • Summarize market analysis: user intelligence, user data & website traffic
  • Write a business case based on market validation, user intelligence, and product development
  • Developing & administrate Customer Services topics like; software licensing, product management, Customer account coordination and support.
  • Manage small projects such as customers feature requests, custom reports, training needs, and custom tutorials
  • Maintain direct contact with customers
  • Selling software licenses to new customers and advanced users
Online platform

Wageningen University & Research developed an online platform that is appreciated by hundreds of European users. The online platform utilizes scientific information about soil health and translates this in practical farm management advice for farmers. Therefore the platform plays a key role in the transition to sustainable agriculture, food production and less use of crop protection products. The platform is available in 22 languages and has users across Europe.

The platform is currently in transition to improve customer experience and expand the customer base. The junior business developer is expected to play a key role in this transition. Frequent interactions with clients, marketing surveys and product development are among the key tools and methods to be used.

More about the team
You will work with in the Business unit Field crops which co-developed the online platform and is keen to utilize your insights to further expand the functionalities. In terms of hierarchy, the position falls under the Business development team and the business unit Field crops. Furthermore you will be in close interaction with various colleagues at the Lelystad location, the managing IT specialist of the online Platform, other IT specialists, scientist of the plant sciences group and business development team.

Your qualities

We are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:

  • MSc degree in business administration, marketing or sales, or related field;
  • MSc degree in Agriculture with a demonstrated interest in marketing and sales.
  • Knowledge of marketing and sales;
  • Commercial drive;
  • Experience in online sales and marketing;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team; pro-active attitude; good communication skills; capacity to plan towards achieving deliverables;
  • A proactive and enterprising attitude.

Excellent English and Dutch writing and communication skills.

You can see that there are plenty of challenges ahead of you. These challenges can also be seen as development opportunities. So if you do not yet have the track-record required in the vacancy, but do have solid work experience, we would also like to invite you to apply.

We offer you

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment . A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 4%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between € 3.527,= and  € 4.644,- gross for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 11 max 11.6). We have a job available for 0.6 fte, meaning a 21,6 hour working week. You will initially receive a 9 month contract. Extension of the contract partially  depends on funding's ability.

The work location will be in Lelystad and Wageningen.
Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University ” in the Netherlands for the 18th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees.
Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.

Do you want more information?

For more information about this position, please contact Leendert Molendijk, senior researcher, .

For more information about the procedure, please contact Ine van’t Land, corporate recruiter via email: .

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including 3th April 2023

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page . A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment .

We are

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!
We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.

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