innovation leader in LATINA

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The division Engineering of Randstad Professionals, specialized in research and selection of middle, senior and top management, searches for a major Food Company leader in its sector:


Innovation Manager



The holder of this position will lead research initiatives to optimise production of fruit and suppor the successful implementation of 12 month European supply strategy. Through the developmentof productivity research programmes that will support the fruit industry in Italy and other key producingareas in Europe (primarily France). This is a new role, based in Latina, Italy. It will provide a platform for the creation and extension of knowledge targeted for the production of high quality fruit in Italy, and other key producing areas in Europe. The incumbent will be expected to direct and work with local and international research providers to initiate and project manage research into prioritised areas of fruit production.


1. Management of the Orchard Productivity Research Programme in Italy

The first stage of this programme is to initiate and co-ordinate the orchard productivity research programme in Italy. This will require working closely with the European Regional Manager, Italianscience institutes, and PFR. While some projects may have already commenced, others will need to be scoped and project objectives, methodologies and milestones agreed. This will include the development of Project Contracts and consideration of funding requirements and intellectual

2. Provision of Knowledge into Operations

The outcome from the research projects will be shared and communicated to the operations teams tosupport .

3. Building and managing key relationships in Italy

Building knowledge on how to optimise production of high quality fruit in Italy will require the support ofa range of Italian organisations. This role will be responsible for:

a) identifying the essential inputs required, the Italian organisations and personnel best placed to provide those inputs and agreed approach for gaining their support

b) Identifying, developing and maintaining good working relationships with those organisations.

c) Building relationships




  • Science qualification at Masters Level or higher, with minimum three years working experience at a senior level
  • Horticultural industry knowledge preferred, with broad general interest in pathology, biology, plant physiology or other related areas
  • Project management experience would be helpful.
  • Bilingual - competent at business level in English, Italian

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