Are you a citizen of Germany, or Spain, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, … or one of the other EU-countries and are you interested to live and work in Germany? We offer you the opportunity to develop your career and to live and work in Germany.
HZPC Deutschland GmbH is in search of a Product Manager, Potatoes, Germany.
The product manager is the key person in optimizing (in yield and quality) the usage and acceptance of HZPC varieties in the market.
HZPC Deutschland GmbH is a subsidiary of HZPC Holland B.V., active within the international potato breeding, cultivation and marketing of seed potatoes.
In 1999 HZPC Holland B.V. was established after the merger of two of the leading seed potato exporting companies, Hettema and De ZPC, each with over 100 years of experience.
Owners of HZPC Holland B.V. are the breeders, the HZPC growers as well as the employees of HZPC.
Our customers are located in more than 70 countries all over the world. The head office of HZPC is situated in Joure, the Netherlands.
HZPC segments its market into Retail Fresh, Traditional, French Fries, Crisps and Peeled. Within HZPC, every (market) sector is served by a sector group. A sector group consists out of colleagues with various backgrounds. The Product manager is also part of a sector group. Furthermore, a sector group is composed of positions in the field of sales & marketing, research, logistics and production. A sector group works on achieving appropriate solutions for customers involved in a particular market segment.
HZPC is building a link between producers and buyers concerning the development, multiplication and sales of seed (approx. 600.000 tons) and ware potatoes (220.000 tons). With the help of our own (sector) breeders and 30 affiliated breeders, HZPC presents an extensive and well situated variety assortment. With 250 employees, HZPC achieves an annual turnover of around € 250 Mio.
Since 2007 HZPC is represented in Germany by its subsidiary HZPC Deutschland, located in Eydelstedt (50 km south of Bremen). HZPC Deutschland initiates and coordinates all activities related to the marketing and sales of mainly seed potatoes, as well as the production of HZPC-varieties in Germany. The team consists out of competent and motivated sales and marketing experts, combined with a dynamic support team. Since the establishment of HZPC Germany, we managed to achieve a solid and growing market position.
In cooperation with an increasing number of growers and packers in various regions of Germany, we aim to further build our common knowledge concerning usage and suitability of HZPC-varieties as well as cropping systems. This to prosper the businesses of our clients, contracted growers and of HZPC.
The position of Product Manager focuses on:
- Market research and making analyses to know and understand the specific needs of customers, retailers and packing stations in the segment Retail Fresh.
- Development of local variety profiles adapted to the customer needs, as well as the communication to packers and farmers.
- Evaluation and give support regarding local potato trial fields and transformation in specific variety and cultivation recommendations.
- Consulting farmers and packers concerning variety and cultivation issues.
- Competent representation of HZPC Germany on different expert conferences and exhibitions
The position of Product manager for HZPC Germany is a full time position.
- The need to extend the Product management has arisen due to the following:
- The role of Product management has proven to be an important extension to the success of HZPC-varieties over the last years.
There is a growing need of support of Product management by customers.
Mutual exchange of knowledge
Besides sharing experienced knowledge with customers, the Product manager also shares knowledge with his colleagues. Think of the exchange of knowledge between the Product managers out of other countries, Sales managers, the Sector breeder, the Agronomists. The Product manager plays the central role in this respect. This is with the aim to come to the best possible product portfolio for our customers.
For this interesting and varied position, we are searching for a candidate who recognizes him / her selves in the following profile:
- Your preferably have an education in the field of plant science (or related fields).
- You have knowledge of crop cultivation preferable the potato crop.
- Besides the language you speak in daily live, you have a good knowledge of the English language. In case you have another nationality then German, we will support you to learn the German language.
- You have the correct balance between practical attitudes, supported by a strong analytical drive (statistical analyses are an important part of this).
- Creativity, spirit of enterprise and working in a well structured way are important skills in this job.
- You have good advisory skills.
- You have the willingness to travel around and keep contacts to customers.
- You have the attendance to live in Germany and also learn the German language.
What we offer
- A challenging position with many aspects of independence
- A motivated and motivating German Team as well as technical and personal support through the colleagues of the other HZPC-companies.
- Excellent conditions of employment with good future prospects
- A flexible organization with an eye for the future and the individual
- A career with international perspective
For further information about the vacancy, you can contact Mrs. Manuela Alms (Office Manager; +49 5442 804 225) or Mr. Koenraad Witteveen (HR manager; +31 513 489 888). More information about our company you can find on www.hzpc.com.
You can send your motivation + CV by e-mail to: Manuela.Alms@hzpc.com
or by post to:
HZPC Deutschland GmbH
z.Hd. Manuela Alms
It is understood that your response will be treated confidentially.