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Scientific Information Director (F/M)

Vacancy details

General information


Limagrain is an agricultural cooperative and an international seed group owned by 1,300 farmers located in Auvergne (in the center of France). Present in 49 countries and with 9,335 employees, the Group breeds, produces and distributes field seeds, vegetable seeds and agri-food products. Focused on the genetic progress of plants, Limagrain is the fourth largest seed group worldwide.  




Position description

Employment Type

Regular Full Time



Main Goal

The Scientific IT Director for Field Seeds and Vegetable Seeds R&D is part of the Limagrain IT community, which manages all Limagrain’s IT infrastructures worldwide. He reports to the Group CIO and works in close collaboration with the Field Seeds and Vegetable Seeds Research Departments, to be as close as possible to customer needs. More than 150 IT employees work in Limagrain’s 13 Business Units, including nearly 100 in Auvergne, France, the birthplace of Limagrain and the headquarters of the parent company.


The Scientific IT Director for Field Seeds and Vegetable Seeds R&D is responsible for the development, maintenance, and user support of the Scientific Information System (SIS), dedicated to all of Groupe Limagrain's plant breeding activities. The Scientific Information System includes decision-making tools, operational tools, and research-specific computing infrastructures, some of which have been developed by specialized teams within research organizations. The scope is worldwide and covers all the crops worked by Groupe Limagrain.


Job description



Working with the Seed Research departments, you will contribute to the development of a master plan for the Scientific Information System, including a strong Data dimension, to support the strategies of the Research departments.

Within this framework, and in response to the needs expressed by Research, you will design and develop the overall architecture of the scientific information system and manage a portfolio of projects designed to give substance to this vision.

You will ensure good project governance through ad-hoc steering committees. The aim is to respond rapidly to the short- and medium-term needs expressed by the research community.




In conjunction with the IT Research strategic committee, you will define the overall architecture of SIS Limagrain. You will draw up and update an SIS roadmap to effectively communicate and share the development and deployment stages of the Limagrain SIS.


► You will participate in steering committees for operational and decision-making projects.

► You will be responsible for a portfolio of development projects, adapting the resources to be mobilized and the project management method to the nature and scale of the project, and to the project owner (internal research customer).

► You will lead a team of project managers as well as the Competence Centre, ensuring that the various teams are aligned on common, shared objectives.

► You will contribute to the Group's forward-looking SIS strategy.


To carry out your mission, you will be supported by a team of project managers in charge of defining operational projects and integrating BI projects already developed by the Research teams, as well as by a Competence Center whose role is to build, maintain and support the appropriate solution, and train Research professionals in its use.

In addition to the Research Department at Group level, this key position within the Limagrain organization will require you to collaborate with departments or organizations as varied as specialized departments (biostatistics, bioinformatics, artificial vision, etc.), holding departments, some of Groupe Limagrain's partners, consulting and IT services companies, academic laboratories, etc.

Skills: what we expect of you


With at least 5 years' scientific training, you have solid professional experience in IT development. During your career, you have had the opportunity to work operationally on scientific computing projects, ideally in a software publisher context. You are comfortable with Safe methodology. Your experience in structuring and analyzing IS databases, such as Datalake, will enable you to understand the context and challenges of SIS Limagrain. Ideally, you have knowledge of Artificial Intelligence.


Your analytical skills will enable you to understand the challenges and expectations of research and integrate them into an IT master plan. To this end, notions of Life Sciences will be useful. Recognized for your managerial skills, you can manage a team of 50 to 60 people, including external staff. Your ability to communicate effectively and adapt to your contacts will be a major asset.



► You have a Master's Degree or equivalent with 10+ years of experience ?
► You speak fluently in English & French?
► You love Science, especially Plant-agro Science?
► You have a sense of effort and a commitment for getting the job done?

► The icing on the cake? Good ability to leadership, management, communication, and teamwork




■ An international position with a permanent contract available immediately
■ An attractive remuneration based on experience
■ A professional dynamic and growing responsibilities with demonstrated skills
■ A friendly working atmosphere in modern, friendly premises in Chappes, 10 km from Clermont-Ferrand, at the heart of our largest research center
■ A teleworking environment
■ Support: training, on-boarding, mobility assistance
■ Life balance benefits: childcare center, company restaurant, multi-sports facilities, car-sharing network, health, and provident insurance...
■ A privileged gateway to exciting careers with a leading international cooperative group in the seed industry
■ The Auvergne Region : A great place to live and work! Proximity to mountains, lakes and volcanoes, a unique landscape listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, a varied cultural and sporting offering (International Short Film Festival, Music Festivals, renowned Rugby and Soccer Teams), a young and fast-developing metropolis...


We encourage diversity and welcome applications from anyone with the competencies listed in the job posting. Female candidates as well as people from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply and that the work environment will enable them to develop professionally.

Employees of Limagrain are invited to share this vacancy with their colleagues; friends; their contacts in Seed and IT Industry to explore opportunity with Limagrain.

Please join us, our jobs are not only useful, they are essential!

Deadline to Apply: 30th July 2023



Local contract

Local contract only

Position localization

Job location

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


28 Rte d'Ennezat, 63720 Chappes, France

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of experience required

5 years or more


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