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Managing Director of KWS Suisse SA

Managing Director of KWS Suisse SA

Field of Work:  Marketing & Sales

Basel, Basel City, CH

Legal Entity:  KWS Suisse SA (0071)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote:  Hybrid Working Within Country
Job ID:  12301

We are seeking to recruit, at the earliest opportunity possible, a Country Manager of Corn & Oilcrops and Sugarbeet for our KWS Suisse SA entity, based in Basel.


The role oversees KWS corn & oil crops as well as Sugar Beet businesses. The aim is to maintain a leading position on the Swiss market and to achieve continuous growth.

This role is to be filled full-time and on a permanent basis. 


Your responsibilities:



  • Develop & implement Go-to-Market Strategy for corn & oil crops/sugar beets in Switzerland in alignment with our KWS Business Units Strategy
  • Manage customer relations with key clients in the agriculture distribution, sugar industry, and contractors/farmers
  • Develop and implement marketing & sales strategies and actions taking into consideration sales objectives and the market environment
  • Lead and develop KWS Suisse SA team
  • Manage product portfolio, seed supply, and logistics efficiently in partnership with our central functions at KWS
  • Plan and follow up the fiscal year budget (e.g. sales quantities, pricing, and costs) and forecast
  • Manage and administer the legal entity KWS Suisse SA represent the company in front of legal authorities and ensure that the company operates within the boundaries of local regulations and KWS Company standards


Your profile:   



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in agriculture environment or Management/Marketing and/or ideally MBA in a related field
  • You bring into the role a strong knowledge of the industry and a passion for agriculture. 
  • Successful and proven work experience in sales/marketing, as well as significant experience in managing a sales team and a profit center
  • The ideal candidate will most likely have a career path dedicated to agribusiness. You should be familiar with international/matrix organization and have proven work experience 
  • You have an open entrepreneurial mindset, combined with a strong cooperative leadership style
  • Strong negotiation skills are encouraged, as well as strong customer orientation
  • You speak German fluently (in both writing and speaking). English and French knowledge would be a strong asset.


Let's peek at how you can grow your well-being, health, and future at KWS!


  • As a family-run company, we live with the values of closeness, reliability, foresight and independence - a culture that is also lived in practice, e.g. through an open and friendly working atmosphere.
  • True to the motto: "Make yourself grow!", we promote individual professional and personal development.
  • We create the appropriate framework conditions for you: company car, company pension scheme, 13th month pay


Would you like to develop your potential and grow at KWS? Then we look forward to receiving your application (cover letter, CV, relevant certificates) via our online portal!  


About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. Over 5,000 employees in more than 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.5 billion in the fiscal year 2021/2022. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugarbeet, cereals, vegetables, oilseed rape and sunflower. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €285 million last fiscal year in research and development. For more information: Follow us on LinkedIn® at

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