Regional Head of Seeds Operation

Job Title: Regional Head of Seeds Operation
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Shanghai, China
Salary: Negotiable
Reference: AZhang002_1554719237
Contact Name: Vivian Shen
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 08, 2019 18:27

Job Description


Provide overall leadership and strategic direction for the function in the Region, including ultimate accountability for the delivery of an effective operational service in line with pre-agreed objectives and functional governance / standards, Lead all seeds operation activity, processes and resources, comprising seeds field production, processing, operational planning, HSE and order fulfillment, logistics, direct procurement and the design & implementation of seeds supply chain strategy. Coordinate all parent seeds, technology and quality management activities in the region. Align the investment plans with the business growth strategy, and the new products and new technologies introduction (new traits).


  • Establish and execute regional strategy for Operations, ensuring alignment with overall business objectives
  • In conjunction with regional crop OU teams, operate cross-business & cross crops planning and governance processes, such as SPP and S&OP, to ensure business outcomes are optimized taking into account resources available
  • Lead, develop, and continuously improve the field production and seeds processing activities for (region) of commercial seeds
  • Coordinate (dotted line) the operational execution of Technology, Parent Seeds and Quality control teams and activities, in alignment with directions of the respective Functional Head
  • Manage the overall cost of function, ensuring optimal use of functional budgets to deliver the required operational services
  • Ensure business needs are met in full, on schedule, and at the appropriate cost
  • Create a sustainable organization which delivers operation requirements while meeting all HSE and Q requirements and driving improvement in these areas
  • Oversee the performance tracking and optimization of the function in line with business requirements including major change initiatives, process and tool development
  • Act as the owner of functional standards including governance, organization, process and job catalogues
  • Ensure adoption of all Functional standards and requirements mandate by the respective COE Functions
  • Ensure each crop has crop production strategy and investment plan

Key Interfaces

  • Within function: Regional Seeds Technology Head, Regional Seeds Quality Lead, Regional Parent seed production and Line Maintenance Head
  • Outside function: Regional Leadership; Business Partners

Experience required for the job

  • Experience in both Field Production and Plant processing, or demonstrated capability to lead and manage in these 2 areas
  • Agronomic and/or technical seed production system knowledge
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities and knowledge of process and systems required to meet a defined result
  • At least 18 years of relevant working experience
  • Fluent in English and Mandarin