Managing Director Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Group

Managing Director Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Group

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13 Jun 26 Jun Wageningen

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Job description

Following the appointment of Dr Sjoukje Heimovaara as President of Wageningen University & Research, it is looking to appoint her successor as Managing Director for the Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Group.

On behalf of Wageningen University & Research, Perrett Laver is recruiting for this position.

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) is recognised worldwide as the leading centre for state-of-the-art knowledge on food and the natural environment. WUR's integral approach, combining fundamental scientific research at Wageningen University with the market-focus of the Wageningen Research Institutes, leads to scientific breakthroughs that can quickly be translated into practice and incorporated into education. More than 7,000 employees and 13,000 BSc and MSc students together "explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life".

The Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Group (AFSG) is one of the largest of WUR's five Science Groups. Its four University Science Clusters and the Wageningen Food & Biobased Research Institute conduct world-class scientific research and collaborate with leading partners in international business and government in the areas of nutrition, healthy, tasty, safe and fresh food, environmental technology and biobased products.

Key Responsibilities and Characteristics
The Managing Director holds final responsibility for the strategy and functioning of AFSG in the areas of research, education, business development, marketing, finance, organisational development, personnel, communication and culture within the complex organisation of Wageningen University Research. The Managing Director leads on the development of an inspiring vision for AFSG and creates support for this vision across the Science Group. S/he will promote and ensure a structurally strong scientific position as well as a national and international market orientation for ASFG.

Reporting to the President of the Executive Board, the Managing Director is a member of the Board of Directors/Concern Council. Therefore, the Managing Director is responsible for the Groups contribution to the wider WUR strategy and is expected to develop and lead cross-unit initiatives that contribute to strengthening WUR as a whole.


Wageningen University & Research


The ideal candidate:
  • is a connector and team player, and a reliable and approachable leader whose style is both guiding and coaching;
  • is results-driven and has extensive skills to lead an organisation with academic professionals, and leading managers of larger organisational groups (such as chair group holders and business unit managers);
  • is open to and responds proactively to change, and can translate this into innovative solutions;
  • has an international network (including government, industry, academia and other social partners) and is expanding this constantly;
  • can link scientific quality and innovation to entrepreneurship, acquisition and customer focus, and has a vision for developing, transferring and adding value to knowledge. Promotes cooperation across the entire Science Group (University Department and the Wageningen Food & Biobased Research Institute) following the 'One Wageningen' principle;
  • has an affinity with scientific education;
  • is outward-facing and sensitive to the public and political debate, and a clear ambassador for AFSG internally and externally;
  • has an affinity with the scientific domain of AFSG, and preferably a PhD;
  • is receptive, seeks consensus and takes responsibility in resolving issues and stands behind decisions taken;
  • communicates clearly and effectively;
  • recognizes the role of the Works Council (employee participation) in the governance of AFSG and is able to maintain constructive relations with it.

Conditions of employment

The position offered is on a fulltime basis for a period of four years, with the possibility of one extension. Salary is competitive and depending on qualifications and experience. Salary and benefits are based on the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities. Additionally, Wageningen University & Research offers an attractive package of secondary employment benefits.


Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University and Research centre
The mission of Wageningen University and Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 7.200 employees and 13.200 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen's unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR.


  • Management
  • Food
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • P986234-1


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