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.
We are looking to recruit a Protein Production Manager (m/f/d) to take a pioneering role fueling KWS’ ambitions in plant-based food ingredients. The position will be an integral part of our KWS Food Ingredients team. It will be filled on a full-time and permanent basis at our headquarters in Germany/Einbeck (KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA).

Your challenge:

  • You will identify and evaluate potential service provider/partner for KWS to extract protein from pilot and large-scale grain volumes (esp. peas) for different protein types and applications.
  • You will organize and manage protein extraction from protein crops (esp. peas) through service provider/partner to serve product development projects and commercial activities, including establishing and testing scale-up consistency.
  • You will support the development of industry-mimicking lab-scale protein extraction processes.
  • You will be responsible for (off-season) production of protein crops on fields and in protected growing facilities, including production planning, selecting and managing contract growers, and coordinating sampling, harvest and logistics.
  • You will align crop production activities with our internal plant breeding and seed production teams and provide input to protein extraction capacity and volume planning.
  • You will assure and where required establish professional inventory management from seed to protein.
  • You will continuously strive to and look for new approaches to improve cost efficiency and protein quality parameter.
  • You embrace the opportunity to be an influential member of a new initiative in the dynamic and fast-moving plant-based food ingredients trend.

Your profile:

  • Bsc, MSc or equivalent education in food engineering, food processing technology, process engineering or adjacent sciences
  • Professional experience in and/or network to protein crop processing and protein extraction industry
  • Experience in agricultural crop production on field and in controlled environments preferred (especially peas)
  • Hands-on attitude, pro-actively tackling challenges and finding solutions
  • Innovative and out-of-the-box mindset
  • Excellent networking skills and ability to work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Business fluent German and English language skills
  • Driving license mandatory (Class B)
  • High willingness to travel.

To make yourself grow with us… What can we offer to help you grow?

  • 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 offer excellent work equipment (e.g. the newest laboratory equipment), a fully-fledged, subsidized canteen and sufficient free parking spaces at the KWS location.
  • We offer capital formation benefits, Christmas and holiday bonuses, childcare allowance and a job bike.

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