Global Seed Supply Lead - Solanums

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General information


An agricultural cooperative and an international seed group owned by French farmers, Limagrain is driven by its purpose: cooperating for the progress of agriculture everywhere, for everyone. Focused on the genetic progress of plants, Limagrain breeds, produces and distributes field seeds, vegetable seeds and agri-food products
HM.CLAUSE, Business Unit of Group Limagrain, is an innovative global leader in the development, production, and commercialization of vegetable seeds. HM.CLAUSE belongs to the top 5 vegetable seed entities in the world. With over 2,000 varieties in more than 20 vegetable crops, HM.CLAUSE provides innovative solutions to growers worldwide. HM. CLAUSE is a company committed to diversity and inclusion.   



Position description

Employment Type

Regular Full Time



Job description

Manage the HM.Clause global seed supply function and execute the seed production plan within the global seed supply budget for the Solanums.

In alignment with HM.Clause's strategic roadmap for Supply Chain and as an integrated part our crop specific strategy, the Global Seed Supply Lead is responsible for the development and implementation of our global production and sourcing strategy and for the procurement of the seed supply required to offset the global demand plan of sales.

Note: Other duties may be assigned

• As a member of the Seed Production & Seed Supply Management Team (GMT), contribute to define strategy for the department and execute actions accordingly.

• Develop and implement a Global Sourcing Strategy for the Solanums including commercial and stock seed productions, that supports HMC Strategic Road Map. Integrate/represent the Production strategy throughout the BU as well as LVS global strategic crop review.

• Establish the optimal Production Plan according to the quantity and quality requirements, cost, and deadlines established semi-annually by Release Committee. Allocate production release to specific production regions and vendors.

• Lead the Seed Supply Managers and provide the Technical Expert teams with guidance, establish/monitor objectives, and provide management oversight of day-to-day operations.

• Systematically develop and support the team through performance evaluation, training, and succession planning. Develop and implement harmonized resources (systems, processes, tools...) for the Seed Supply Managers.

• Build/update purchase budget based on global production plan and execute/monitor purchases accordingly. Establish and execute/monitor OPEX budget (travel expenses etc.)

• Spearhead vendor selection and strategic business partner relationships with third parties.

• Manage Vendor relations and monitor all levels of production to meet desired quality, cost and quantity standards. Recommend and negotiate annual contract prices with vendors/growers.

• Collaborate with Plant Breeders and Product Managers to develop the optimal supply plan and product availability timeline for new variety introductions.

• Identify and initiate production research projects with input from Seed Supply Managers/Technical Experts

• Actively Participate in LVS Solanums Crop Team, translating the strategy into actions and reporting on progress.

Skills: what we expect of you


• BS in Agriculture or related field
• Minimum 5 years of experience in vegetable seed production.
• Previous experience with global seed supply management desired
• Leadership experience with effective interpersonal communication and management skills is essential
• Experience in budget management
• Ability to travel at least 25% of time to domestic and international locations.


• Reports to: Global Director, Production
• Supervisory responsibilities: 4 direct reports
• Status: Exempt
• Internal relations: Inventory Department, Quality Control, Product Managers, Regional Production Managers, Research, Product Managers, Production Administration, Finance
• External relations: Group Limagrain, Third Party Vendors, Customers, Government Agencies, Seed Industry Associates



Position localization

Job location

America/Carribean, USA, California


260 Cousteau Place, Davis, CA 95618, États-Unis

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

Bachelor's degree

Minimum level of experience required

5 years or more