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Phyto Pathology Platform Manager

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General information


About Vilmorin-Mikado :

Vilmorin-Mikado is a Franco-Japanese seed producer that has specialized in developing, producing and selling vegetable seeds for professionals since 1743. Our wide range of unique, original seeds is distributed on five continents in more than 100 countries. Vilmorin-Mikado has more than 1,000 employees and recorded sales of €217 million in 2019-2020, of which 15% was entirely devoted to research. World leader in carrots and witloof chicory, Vilmorin-Mikado is also a major player in salads, tomatoes, sweet peppers, kabocha squashes, daikon radishes and bunching onions. Nearly three centuries ago, Vilmorin-Mikado's founders began our Tree Seeds work, which actively contributes to rebuilding sustainable forests.

Vilmorin-Mikado is part of Limagrain, an agricultural cooperative held by French farmers and an international seed group. Limagrain is laser-focused on a single mission: working cooperatively to advance agriculture everywhere, for everyone. Concentrating on the genetic progress of plants, Limagrain selects, produces and sells field seeds, vegetable seeds and cereal products. - #Limagrain






Position description



Employment Type

Regular Full Time

Contractual hours


Main Goal

Vilmorin-Mikado is a Business Unit (BU) of Limagrain bringing together the activities of Vilmorin (French seed company) and Mikado Kyowa Seed (Japanese seed company). Vilmorin-Mikado is a global seed company with a strong presence on 5 continents, offering a range of quality, wide and original, to all professionals in the vegetable sector. Vilmorin-Mikado specializes in the selection, production and marketing of vegetable seeds and trees for farmers around the world.

Ability to respond to Vilmorin-Mikado and Limagrain Vegetable Seed (LVS) phytopathology needs in Mexico, we seek to develop a platform for plant pathology testing in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Primary focus includes direct management in the current routine testing activities, as well as the overall management and direction of internal and group level research projects.

The Phyto Pathologist will manage a team of pathology support staff to organize and perform the established plant pathology tests for the three LVS BUs. The Phyto Pathologist will develop and implement projects for new and emerging plant diseases.

This is a challenging position to responsible for transferring the current phytopathology research activity to a new location and building a new team with the help of the direct functional supervisor, the local station management and the LVS Pathology community.

Job description

Essential duties and responsibilities includes but are not limited to the following:
• Manage established pathology tests, including scheduling, performing and result transmission to the Breeders.
• Provide diagnostic support for local breeding team and sales/marketing team in Mexico.
• Insure that protocols are following the established procedure in order to guarantee quality of results.
• Responsible for maintaining lab organization and good phytosanitary practices.
• Directly manage Phyto Pathology Lab Technicians with a clear planning of activity.
• Conduct research in context of developing new and improved testing methods.
• Work closely with the different local partners: breeders, cultivation workers and station manager
• Work closely within the different departments of VLM-Mikado regarding seed pathology issues.
• Work closely with other plant pathologists with the parent organization.
• Develop and implement projects for new emerging pathogens according to LVS prioritizing strategies.
• Participate and report on a Laboratory budget.
• 20 % domestic and international travel required.


• Master/PhD in plant pathology with proven experience in statistical analysis of data.
• Previous Experience in Team management or technician/student supervision required.
• Fluent in English and Spanish in both written and verbal communication.
• Previous Experience in seed/plant Products Company will be a plus.
• Previous Experience/Knowledge in Nematode and Insect plant testing will be a plus

Position localization

Job location

America/Carribean, Mexico


culiacan, sinaloa

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

Doctoral degree / PhD

Specific expertise


Minimum level of experience required

2 years or more


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Leadership – Leadership experience, with effective interpersonal communication and management skills.
An expert at leading and developing phytopathology team and managing lab and team work.

Strategic Planning and Analysis – Ability to initiate and manage multiple projects, with the end results in mind. Must have foresight and take the initiative to plan and accomplish necessary tasks in order to satisfy the main client (Breeders).

Technical Skills – Direct experience in performing phytopathology tests. Required background in laboratory testing, understanding of molecular testing methods, a strong microbiology background and statistical analysis experience. Knowledge of computer and database skills needed. Excellent ability to organize folders and files of data accumulation.

Interpersonal Skills – Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to work across all levels of the organization in a multi-nationality company. Ability to be a mentor and resource for direct reports. Ability to effectively respond to questions from executive management, peers, staff, outside services (Sales and marketing). Ability to provide monthly and bi-annual reporting to his direct manager.

Teamwork – Team player with a positive attitude. Ability to facilitate teamwork among staff, and to manage local team. Ability to build trust with all functional areas within the


  • English (3 - Professional)
  • Spanish (3 - Professional)


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