Role details

Research & Development Director

South Africa   •  Permanent

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About Our Client

One of the region's major plantation groups is seeking for a talent for the role of Deputy Director (R&D). The mandate of the role will be to lead and coordinate the R&D efforts to improve the yield of fibre and palm fruits and quality.

Job Description

  • Lead, coordinate and manage research teams and facilities across business groups with Forestry and Palm Oil plantations.
  • Lead internal comparison and knowledge exchanges on tree improvement, silviculture and pests & plant disease research.
  • Oversee research programs on plant species that can produce a higher yield and quality
  • Develop a continuous improvement culture within his/her team that embraces innovation and efficient use of resources, and timely delivery of research solutions and programs.
  • Ensure talent development of R&D professionals across business units through job rotations and various learning interventions

To apply online please click the Apply button below. For a confidential discussion about this role please contact Ryan Gabriel on +603 2302 4015

The Successful Applicant

  • Minimum 15 years of research experience in oil palm, rubber, cocoa or forest plantation industry, with at least 5 years of general management experience in a leadership capacity.
  • Postgraduate qualifications in scientific disciplines related to the business and have a proven research track record.
  • Have a broad scientific knowledge of plant genetics, biotechnology, plant physiology, plant propagation, agronomy / silviculture, soil science (mineral & organic), pest & disease.
  • Strong business sense and have a broad understanding of the oil palm and preferably also the pulp & paper industry.
  • Good leadership and managerial skills.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal & communication skills.
  • Has a strong sense of business ethics.

What's on Offer

  • Working in a growing industry
  • Step into a senior management position with a global leader

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