Senior Group Leader Plant Genome Engineering



Zwijnaarde, Belgium


Agriculture plays a fundamental role in fulfilling many of humanity's basic needs: food, feed, energy. To support growers and those who take care of our environment, BASF develops innovative solutions for farming, pest control and landscape management - so that we can effectively contribute to improving people's lives and business demands. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for sustainable agriculture at the Innovation Center of BASF Belgium Coordination Center CommV in Gent, Belgium. RESPONSIBILITIES Within BASF Seed and Traits R&D, genome engineering refers to the generation of genetically modified plants. The Plant Genome Engineering group in Trait Research combines state-of-the-art genetic engineering, genome editing, tissue culture and transformation expertise, as well as are highly experienced in a workflow-based operational organization aimed at minimal cost and timelines while ensuring required quality.


Plant Genome Engineering is embedded in a research department that focuses on trait design, creation, and testing.


For the Plant Genome Engineering group in our R&D Innovation Center in Gent (Belgium), we are looking for a pragmatic, enthusiastic and inspiring leader.

What You Can Expect

  •  In this role, you will be part of Trait Creation leadership, and you will lead our Plant Genome Engineering group by delivering on R&D projects at a competitive cost, speed, and quality, by balancing both group dimension and expertise in line with short-, mid-and long-term business needs, and by developing, planning, communicating and leading platform innovation strategy and research.

  • As a Senior Group Leader, you will strive to provide a working environment and atmosphere allowing for differentiating innovation, minimal R&D timelines, and high predictive value of research observations.

  • You will lead and run processes of people and team development, including performance management as well as career development, and be responsible for recruitment and deployment.

  • You will review demand and allocate resources to R&D projects to contribute to our business objectives.

  • Development, implementation, and maintenance of a sustainable and competitive genome engineering expertise strategy will also be one of your key responsibilities.

  • You define with digital experts the vision and strategy for improved data-driven and automated workflows, and you are responsible for its implementation and the engagement of the team.

  • As a partner of our R&D project leaders, you will influence R&D project strategy by tactical and scientific input to the planning and decision-making process, coordinate the execution of the agreed research strategy and recommend resolutions in case of unanticipated personnel- and/or financial constraints.

  • You will ensure that your group is compliant with all existing safety, stewardship, quality and other standards and regulations.


  • PhD (or equivalent through experience) with a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in leading teams including leaders and experts.

  • You are a strong, inspiring people manager with skills and multi-year experience in leading, building, coaching, mentoring, and supporting the development of teams and team members. You bring motivational and change management skills and experience.

  • (Leadership) experience and recognition in the field of (plant) genome engineering are highly preferred.

  • Experience in enabling digital vision and strategy development and implementation.

  • Strong project and stakeholder management skills.

  • You have strong networking skills, and you can interact and cooperate with stakeholders on various levels in an organization.

  • Up-to-date knowledge on feasibility, timelines, and cost of plant biotechnology R&D processes.

  • You have strong communication- and presentation skills

  • You are fluent in English, both orally as well as in writing.


  • Responsibility from day one in a challenging work environment and "on-the-job" training as part of committed competence and project teams.

  • Competitive compensation includes attractive benefits as well as excellent career opportunities in an international company.



We are the world's leading chemical company because we offer intelligent solutions for our customers and for a sustainable future. We connect and develop people with diverse talents all over the world. For you, this means a variety of ways to advance. Not only your performance but also your personality matters to us, without regard of gender, age, origin, sexual orientation, disability, or belief. At BASF, careers develop from opportunities.

  • Do you have any questions about the application process or the job? Please reach out to:

Lynn (Talent acquisition)

Phone: +32471336619

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