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Are you the enthusiastic and entrepreneurial Business Development Manager and you are capable of operating at the interface between industry and societal needs for innovations in the area of the circular plastics economy and leading research capabilities.
In this role you will be responsible for acquiring and initiating new projects to further grow the project portfolio sustainably in primarily the plastics, packaging and recycling industry. Preferably you do have a relevant network in this global market segment.
Wageningen Food & Biobased Research develops insights and technologies that support industries to create innovative solutions and governments to develop policies for a healthier, more sustainable, and prosperous world. The business unit Biobased Products has identified recycling as a strategic growth initiative. In a circular economy, recycling is a core issue with major societal and technological challenges. Recycling is of both biobased and fossil based materials such as plastics, textiles etc is subject of our research.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and entrepreneurial business development manager to connect the world-leading knowledge of our 250 colleagues of Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, working in bio-refinery, chain design and systems analysis, sustainable chemistry, bioconversion, and material science to the needs of our customers by making valuable project propositions.
In this role:
  • You continuously uncover market insights and technology needs in the market segment plastics, packaging and recycling;
  • Manage the sales pipeline: create, prioritise, manage and follow-up leads with industrial customers;
  • Jointly with our experts, you translate societal and business needs into propositions and research proposals that expand our sustainable project portfolio;
  • You build consortia of various international customers to work collectively on large, game changing, research projects to allow partners to accelerate innovation and product development and get access to the latest technologies;
  • You are able to reach agreement on commercial terms and conclude agreements in close collaboration with the legal and financial experts of Wageningen Food & Biobased Research;
  • You maintain and expand our international business network in the Agro B2B industry, and build and expand the brand name of WUR in general and Wageningen Food & Biobased Research in particular to create a market leading position in selected areas.

You will join the commercial team of our business unit Biobased Products and as such will work together with our three program managers and other business development managers. You will report directly to the Business Unit Manager. If you want to contribute to the transition to a circular and biobased economy, we are looking for you.

We ask

  • You have at least 3 years of sales, business development or project acquisition experience in an R&D environment and experience with decision making processes in industrial settings;
  • You are a dedicated, inspiring entrepreneur with strong networking skills and a high energy level;
  • A well-developed organizational awareness;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • You have obtained a university degree (or equivalent), preferably in industrial engineering and management, chemical engineering, process and separation technology or material and polymer science;
  • A relevant national and international business network preferably in the plastics, packaging and recycling industry, agrifood, and/or chemical industry;
  • You have excellent writing and speaking skills in English and the ability to learn Dutch.

We offer
A job at a commercial research organization that will challenge you every day to provide our clients with the best possible solution. As Business Development Manager Circular Plastics Economy you will be part of an ambitious team working on a wide range of issues with plenty of scope for initiative. Personal input and responsibility are an integral part of our culture.
For this challenging role you will be rewarded with a market-based salary for a 36 hours full time working week. Salary is based on the Central Labour Agreement of the Foundation Wageningen Research and depends on your experience and qualifications with a maximum salary of € 5,608.-. gross per month (based on 36 hrs). An appointment of 4 working days per week is negotiable and you also have the opportunity to work 40 hours a week.
In addition we offer:
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • A fixed-year allowance of 3%;
  • Excellent training opportunities and secondary working conditions;
  • Flexible working hours and vacations can in consultation with colleagues be determined so that an optimal balance between work and private is possible;
  • Excellent pension scheme via ABP;
  • Make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee.

Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal growth opportunities and mobility with an active internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning.

More information
For more information about this position, please contact Wouter Noordman, Business Unit Manager Biobased Products, tel. +31 (0)317-483088 and for additional information about the process please contact Jacqueline Huisman, Sr Corporate Recruiter a.i., tel +31(0) 621 563413.

Please apply online by uploading your CV and letter of motivation via the "Apply"-button.

We are
Together with our clients we develop healthy and tasty food, truly-sustainable food chains, and chemicals and materials that use biomass instead of fossil resources. Our in-depth knowledge of the entire chain, from raw materials through processing to end product, drives our approach.
Wageningen Food & Biobased Research is one of the Contract Research Organizations of Wageningen University & Research, with the aim to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.
We make smart connections between various disciplines to explore complex issues from different perspectives. Through a combination of intelligent analyses and pragmatic invention, we find solutions for these issues. Grounded in science and business, our researchers bring a no-nonsense attitude to their work. We investigate and develop at all stages: upscaling from lab to pilot and from initial idea to production processes that deliver real products for our customers. We have direct access to the latest scientific findings and have a firm grasp of what modern technology offers. Every single day, we work with national and global companies, governments and other research institutes to create innovative solutions; now and in the future.

Wageningen University & Research
Delivering a meaningful contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 5000 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

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Meer informatie
Deze vacature betreft een fulltime functie.

Plaatsingsdatum 27-03-2019
Standplaats Wageningen
Opleidingsniveau Master / Postdoctoraal
Uren 32 - 40
Niveau Professional
Dienstverband Vast contract - Bepaalde tijd met uitzicht op vast
Salaris maximum salary of € 5,608.-
Functiecategorie(ën) Commercieel - Business Development
Branch(es) Onderwijs / Opleiding
Provincie(s) Gelderland
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Contactpersoon Wouter Noordman
Telefoon +31 (0)317-483088