Managing Director Plant Sciences Group

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 13 Feb 2022

Wageningen University & Research is looking to appoint a new Managing Director for its Plant Sciences Group.

On behalf of Wageningen University & Research, Perrett Laver is recruiting for this position. For more information, please visit https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/2706/managing_director_plant_sciences_group/ .

Plant Sciences Group (PSG)
The Plant Sciences Group (PSG) is one of the five WUR Science Groups. Combining knowledge and expertise in plant sciences, new perspectives for sustainable horti- and agriculture are offered to partners from industry, governments, research institutes and universities. Its eight business units and 19 chairgroups the Wageningen Plant Research Institute conduct worldtop scientific research and collaborate with leading partners in international business and government in the area of food production systems, resilient plants, soil health and biometrics.The research and education of PSG covers plant sciences at various levels: from the molecule to the gene to the cell, and from plants and crops in farming systems to whole ecosystems and production systems.

The ambition of PSG is to create knowledge and impact on sustainable plant resources for a healthy world. PSG provides solutions to produce healthy food and to mitigate climate change, with its multifaceted research and numerous partners. Applying this research and knowledge on fundamental systems, new agricultural systems and processes is crucial to move towards a more healthy, sustainable and biobased world.

Key Responsibilities and Characteristics
The Managing Director holds final responsibility for the strategy and functioning of PSG in the areas of research, education, business development, marketing, finance, organisational development, personnel, communication and culture within the complex organisation of Wageningen University Research. The Managing Director leads on the development of an inspiring vision for PSGand creates support for this vision across the Science Group. S/he will promote and ensure a structurally strong scientific position as well as a national and international market orientation for PSG.

Reporting to the President of the Executive Board, the Managing Director is a member of the Board of Directors/Concern Council. Therefore, the Managing Director is responsible for the Groups contribution to the wider WUR strategy and expected to develop and lead cross-unit initiatives that contribute to strengthening WUR as a whole.


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