Research & Development, Engineering
Contract with client
Agriculture, Food, Feed & Pharma
About this vacancy
Our passion for sustainable new growing media components and concepts is why we are searching for a candidate for our new vacancy of product innovator.
The new Product Innovator will be responsible for the innovation and technical development of Growing Media Components & Plant Containers for the professional horticulture. The Product Innovator ensures the developed products to be of high quality and exhibits environmental awareness, keeping up with Jiffy’s aim of being the leading supplier of high-quality plant growing concepts. The Product Innovator facilitates searches for new natural fibre-based materials as substitutes for peat, as well as, if required, developing new production technologies. By using your network in the bio-based economy, and your understanding of specific customer needs, you will drive Jiffy’s target to design and develop unique solutions for the horticultural market.
As Product Innovator, you identify, manage and participate in projects involving both internal stakeholders (sales and marketing) and external stakeholders (horticulture scientists, universities, suppliers, professional growers, etc.).
Result driven and creative thinking describes your DNA. Your knowledge about biodegradable binders, fibres and related production methods will contribute to the development of new sustainable growing media concepts. You believe it is important to monitor the test results by yourself, to understand the biological processes, and recognize the effect of your technical contributions and material choices. You are capable of translating professional research reports and findings to non-technical stakeholders.
You will participate in several discussion areas and have a big influence and saying in enlarging the competitive product portfolio, contributing to the financial performance of Jiffy.
The Product Innovator reports directly to the Director of Innovation.
Jiffy International is a leading supplier of high-quality growing concepts, media and growing containers to professional growers. Through continuous innovation and the development of unique growing technologies and competences, Jiffy provides enhanced solutions for any possible propagation and cultivation situation.
Our focus on continuous innovation and constant compliance to high quality standards and environmental awareness provides benefits to our customers and their next in line customer.
Jiffy offers an excellent opportunity for an experienced innovator in an international oriented company, driven by quality, innovation and sustainability. Jiffy provides a dynamic, enthusiastic, very competent, open-minded and committed culture. Jiffy also offers an attractive remuneration package with company car. The position will be located at the office in Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands.
To qualify for this position, you should (as a minimum) have a bachelor’s degree within an organic field. You are an experienced project leader and/or business developer (business to business), with a proven track record. Knowledge of and expertise in organic fibres will be considered as a strong advantage.
You will work in close cooperation with both the Global Jiffy Innovation and the Global Sales and Marketing teams. You should possess good communication skills and have the ability to think strategically and be familiar with tactical implementation of new products and product technologies.
Considering the international scope of responsibilities, you are fluent in English in both verbal and in writing.
Keywords: creative, innovator, developer, networker, team player, cross-functional teams, proactive, systematic, detail minded, and strong focus on bio-fibres and alternatives to plastic.