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Wheat Breeding program Senior Manager

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General information


Limagrain Europe is a pure seed player company with solid agricultural roots. Under its LG, international brand, the company is developing innovative solutions based on a multi-crop offer through 20 subsidiaries. LG is one of the European seed leaders in maize, wheat, barley, oilseed rape and sunflower seeds available in more than 50 countries.

Limagrain Europe is contributing to progress in Agriculture every day, by offering genetic and agronomic solutions that allow farmers to achieve better performance while meeting environmental challenges and societal expectations.

Limagrain Europe is a Business Unit of Limagrain, an agricultural cooperative owned by French farmers and an international group, the fourth largest seed company worldwide. As a creator and producer of plant varieties, Limagrain distributes field seeds, vegetable seeds and agri-food products.

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Position description

Employment Type

Regular Full Time

Contractual hours




Main Goal

We are looking for a senior scientist to lead our Wheat breeding program in France. These responsibilities include the coordination of all breeding aspects from nursery to maintenance breeding with an already established breeding team in our multi-crop research station located at Verneuil l’Etang to the east of Paris.

Job description

Research Strategy and Business Orientation

- Define, in close consultation with cereals management and the business, the short, medium and long term objectives of the breeding program under your responsibility and the target portfolio with development and marketing teams.

- Develop the breeding strategy and germplasm structuration required to sustain the leadership of Limagrain in this key segment of our wheat portfolio. 

- Develop a good understanding of business challenges through interactions with all relevant stakeholders, including competitors, government officials and/or public institute.

- Lead local collaborations and propose exchanges with public and private partners in line with company standard and protocols.


Operational responsibilities

- Design, implement and optimize the breeding strategy by fully integrating novel technologies available (genomics, software, digital tools, fast cycle schemes etc.

- Manage and report to Business and Research Management key program indicators.

- Manage and take in charge assessment of lines, visit and score trials and nurseries.

- Analyze all data with appropriate tools and take breeding decisions for the breeding program.

- Provide all relevant data for the official trials and filling process and play key role in the interaction with official authorities. Germplasm, licensing and collaboration


Financial Responsibilities

- Prepare and follow budgets and investments for the wheat breeding program. In collaboration with management propose mid-term plan over 3 years for the program for operating and capital expenses.


People Management

- Lead a team located in Verneuil station. Ensure that all team members follow all the company standards (health, safety, environmental, ethical compliance, government regulations, etc).

- Promote innovation and maintain high technical and scientific level of your team.

- As a member of the site management team collaborate with your pears to ensure smooth coordination in allocation of resources, use of buildings and equipment.

- As a member of the European Wheat Breeding Management Team, you are expected to develop close relationships with Wheat breeders operating in other programs or other territories as well as other key partners of the Limagrain Field Seed Research organization

Skills: what we expect of you

- PhD or equivalent in Plant Breeding and Genetics, or a closely related field, and at least 10 years of relevant experience are required.

- Strong demonstrated knowledge in plant breeding, quantitative genetics, agronomy and seed industry acumen.

- Experience as a plant breeder of a cereal crop in a successful commercial program, is highly desirable.

- Ability to use software for data analyses, management, presentation, and reporting; general competence in statistics and data management is required.

- Strong interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills are needed.

- Leadership skills and experience in managing people and programs desired as well as leading and driving changes.

- Fluency in English; knowledge of French highly desirable

Your benefits and working environment

Joining us means enjoying a range of benefits:

- Target bonus
- Profit-sharing bonus
- Seniority bonus
- 214-day agreement
- Family health insurance
- Supplementary pension plan
- CE benefits
- A "balanced life": telecommuting agreement for compatible positions up to 8 days/month, company restaurant and crèche.
- An induction program and regular training.

Joining us means joining an agricultural cooperative and an international Group offering career prospects in France and worldwide.

At Limagrain, we are committed to diversity and inclusion, which are sources of progress and wealth for the company.

If you recognize yourself in this profile, don't wait any longer and join us now to experience the Limagrain Adventure!

Recruitment process

The recruitment process takes place in several stages:

- the first consists of a pre-sorting of applications by our Talent Acquisition Manager

- the candidate's future manager then sorts through the CVs to establish the most relevant shortlist possible.

- (Pre-qualification by telephone may also be carried out).

- A first interview is organized with the future manager.

- A second HR interview is organized shortly afterwards.

Finally, feedback is given to the shortlisted candidates. Various tests may also be considered (language, personality, etc.).

This process is indicative only, and may change depending on the position in question.



Position localization

Job location

Europe, France, Auvergne, Puy de Dôme (63)


77390 Verneuil-l'Étang, France

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

Doctoral degree / PhD

Minimum level of experience required

3 years or more


  • English (4 - Fluent)
  • French (3 - Professional)


Position start date