Global Head of Product Management (based in Andijk)

Global Head of Product Management (based in Andijk)

Field of Work:  Marketing & Sales

Several (NL), Several (NL), NL

Legal Entity:  KWS Vegetables BV (0043)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote: 
Job ID:  14247

KWS Vegetables is actively seeking an exceptional Global Product Management Team Lead to steer our dynamic and pivotal Vegetable Crops division. This role is instrumental in guiding our strategic direction, managing our global crop portfolio, and ensuring our continued profitable growth within the BU Vegetables sector. We are looking for a visionary leader who is adaptable, thrives on change, and is committed to leaving a lasting impact through effective collaboration with a diverse and talented team. This position is based in Andijk.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Global Product Management Team for all KWS Vegetables Crops 
  • Lead the strategic planning and management of the global Crop portfolio and assortment to ensure profitable growth within the BU Vegetables.
  • Foster crucial alignment and interface with the team towards Breeding, Research, Seed-Production, and Sales to optimize market success.
  • Drive global crop strategy development with the team and participate in all strategic decisions related to crop business plans, Product-Market-Combinations, and Product profiles, etc.
  • Develop and govern the global product-market combinations portfolio, serving as a guiding principle for the overall vegetables strategy.
  • Analyze global market trends to ensure optimal product positioning and processes.
  • Implement effective structures within the product management team, including systems, processes, interfaces to other functions, lifecycle management, elevation meeting structures, and trial management.
  • Define KPIs (in alignment with breeding) for pipeline developments and monitor short- and long-term development.
  • Lead the Global Product Management Team for all KWS Vegetables Crops, steering the P&L Process from a Product Management perspective and managing the Global Crop portfolio.


Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Required:

  • A relevant degree with preferably five to ten years or more experience in the international seed industry, especially in vegetable seeds.
  • Profound knowledge of the business, its processes, drivers, and interdependencies.
  • Demonstrated experience in Product Management and achieving quantitative and qualitative targets.
  • Leadership skills to build high-performing teams based on trust, collaboration, and diversity.
  • A global organizational perspective and cooperative attitude within matrix interfaces.
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken, with additional languages being an advantage.


Core Competencies Required:

  • Open-Minded: Demonstrates a strong capacity for accepting new ideas and changes.
  • People Orientation: Focuses on talent and people development, capable of building strong, motivated, and empowered teams.
  • Entrepreneurial: Shows initiative and a willingness to take risks for the sake of innovation and growth.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent communication abilities in both verbal and written forms.
  • Initiative: Proactively addresses challenges and opportunities with a forward-thinking approach.
  • Analytical: Possesses a sharp analytical mind capable of making data-driven decisions.
  • Self-Organizing: Demonstrates the ability to independently organize, plan, and execute work assignments.
  • Team Player: Excellently collaborates and works within a team setting, fostering an environment of unity and shared goals.


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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 €1.8 billion in the fiscal year 2022/2023. 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, sugar beet, 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 €300 million last fiscal year in research and development. For more information: Follow us on LinkedIn® at

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