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Research Project Manager

Vacancy details

General information


The fourth largest seed company in the world, Limagrain is an international cooperative group created and directed by French farmers. As a creator and producer of plant varieties, Limagrain markets field seeds, vegetable seeds and cereal products.

VILMORIN-MIKADO is a Business Unit of Limagrain. It brings together the activities of Vilmorin (French seed company) and Mikado (Japanese seed company).

VILMORIN-MIKADO is a global seed company which has strong bases spread over the five continents; it offers a wide, unique and original high-quality range to all professionals in the vegetable industry.

VILMORIN-MIKADO team conveys a strong commitment to customer-service and passion for vegetables. Strong by their diversity and entrepreneurship spirit, they hold our values of audacity, proximity and excellence.

From Vilmorin-MIKADO, expect quality seed of the tastiest products for your markets.

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Local contract

Local contract only

Position description



Employment Type

Regular Full Time

Contractual hours


Main Goal

Main mission:
The incumbent has the responsibility of all research operation activities in the US. The general mission consists of but is not limited to:
1. Managing the research stations in Salinas and Gilroy and all research operational activities
2. Managing other research activities in the country such as setting up and keeping up a network of farmers/production growers, universities, institutes etc., for the research activities of the company

Through these tasks, the Research Project Manager brings a logistical and material support for the breeding teams allowing breeding and experimentation at the research station and in the production areas

Job description

The primary responsibilities:
• Manage, organize and coordinate the operations, research trials and facilities of the research operations in Salinas and Gilroy.
• Oversee all the field, greenhouse and facility staff of the research stations.
• Oversee all internal and external R&D screening trials within objectives established by the research team.
• Manage the operation resources to optimize efficiency and cost.
• Ensuring that R&D projects are on time and within the budget.
• Establishing effective and productive communication between all local research departments and teams.
• Supervise the on-site growing of vegetable plant breeding nurseries, and other research trials, both in the greenhouse and in the open field, to ensure full agronomic performance for reliable breeding selection.
• Manage the development and maintenance of the station infrastructure and equipment including buildings, laboratories, greenhouses, open field farm, and other affiliated assets.
• Establish local management meetings to ensure flow of information within the research team.
• Cross functioning with other researchers on breeding projects/experimental programs.
• Effectively collaborate and establish continuation and expansion of the current and new research programs on operational level.
• Create, propose and effectively control the operating expenditure budgets and capital investment plans for the research station.
• Ensure comprehensive reporting on all the R&D activities and projects status on weekly/monthly basis.
• Creating and developing projects and activity database documentation, protocols and schedules.
• Manage and supervise pesticides reporting.
• Ensuring compliance with all local rules and regulations.
• Promote friendly, safe and productive atmosphere within the research staff.
• Manage and ensure compliance of all applicable regulatory and compliance requirements concerning safety, legal, and environmental regulations.

Contributive activities
• Conduct and participate in research operations meetings presenting and promoting the research station and all the operational/breeding activities
• Ability to work with breeding teams on daily basis
• Ability to work independently and in a collective setting
• Ability to manage diverse team across multiple functions
• Ability to interact with vendors and suppliers
• Ability to travel to Yuma on as need bases for trials setup and evaluation
• Strong knowledge of research operations, agronomy and greenhouse management
• Directly involved in the evaluation of protocols and continual improvements/adaptation in all the aspects of research operations (plant growing, transplanting, pollination, harvest, seed extraction, post extraction treatment and storage, seed flow traceability reports, distribution and inventory)
• Actively participating in fiscal year closing and budget analysis
• Operations KPI`s development per activities with desirable result
• Responsible to


• B.S. or MSc in agricultural related discipline (agronomy, plant breeding, crop production, farm management, greenhouse management or related)
• 5+ years of R&D and/or operational experience in the agricultural or horticultural field
• Understanding of plant breeding or plant physiology and genetics
• Extensive working knowledge of site management to include facilities operations, as well as demonstrated competency in open field and greenhouse vegetable production
• Leadership and management experience required
• Strong communication skills
• Good understanding of vegetable industry and market

Position localization

Job location

America/Carribean, USA, California


Hollister, CA

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

Bachelor's degree

Specific expertise

  • Agriculture/Agronomy
  • Management and Administration
  • Biology
  • Botany/Horticulture
  • Research & Development

Minimum level of experience required

5 years or more


Skills required:
• Possess effective leadership qualities and interpersonal communication skills.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
• Proficiency with greenhouse management, open field farming activities, weed and pest control, fertility management, and water management.
• Good analysis and project management skills needed.
• Able to be outdoors and handle internal and external travel (20-30%)
• PCA or PAC preferred but not required
• Fluency in English required, Spanish is a plus


English (4 - Fluent)


Position start date