Group Lead Genome Modification Service (m/f/d)

Group Lead Genome Modification Service (m/f/d)

Field of Work:  Research & Development
Plant Genome Modification Service

St. Louis, MO, US Einbeck, Lower Saxony, DE

Legal Entity:  KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA (0001)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote:  Onsite
Job ID:  13263

We are looking for a Group Lead (m/f/d) of Plant Genome Modification Service on a permanent, full-time contract at KWS SAAT SE & Co KGaA, located either in Einbeck, Germany, or our Gateway Research Center (GRC) St. Louis, MO, USA. You will lead an international service team responsible for production of transformed and genome edited crop plants of different species. You will be accountable for relentless delivery of internal customer orders, the implementation of new service modules, and the long-term team strategy.

What you can expect to do:

  • Be the single point of contact for all genome modification services for internal and external customers.
  • Be the process owner from accepting orders from customers to delivery of modified seeds to customers.
  • Lead a team of tissue culture experts.
  • Manage interfaces to other internal and external support functions, e.g. construct design, molecular analyses, greenhouses etc
  • Closely interact with research teams to adopt new service modules, steer growth of the team
  • Manage resources and budgets.
  • Implement efficiency gains and cost reduction; monitor external providers incl benchmarking.
  • Foster an open and stimulating working atmosphere, support the professional and personal development of team members.

Bring in your strengths:

  • University degree in biology or related sciences plus multi-years experiences in industry and / or academia.
  • Own hands-on working experience in plant cell and molecular biology.
  • Demonstrated service mindset and strong customer focus, experience in managing workflows with clear milestones and KPIs.
  • Distinct leadership experience preferably of service teams.
  • Proficient English language skills, basic German is an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel internationally.


That is our offer to you:

  • As a family-run company we are guided by the values of closeness, reliability, foresight, and independence - this culture is lived in practice creating thus an open and friendly working atmosphere.
  • True to our motto "Make yourself grow", we support employees’ professional and personal development.


We look forward to receiving your online application via our SuccessFactors application system! Please use the "Apply" function in the online advertisement for this purpose. 


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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