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Global Head of Breeding

Global Head of Breeding

Bedrijf Benary / Kincannon Reed
Plaats Hann. MŁnden Germany

Unique Opportunity to Manage Global Breeding for a leading flower seed company.

The company
Benary is an independent, dynamic family business with global reach. Roots and headquarters of the company are Germany. Benary breeds flowers and produces flower seeds for the global bedding plant market.

The business is very international. Benary distributes its flower seeds in over 100 countries. The export quota is > 90%. More than 50% of the turnover is generated outside Europe. Half of the employees are based outside Germany. Benary is among the top 5 global players in its market and undoubted market leader in specific product classes such as begonias. The company is economically successful and growing. Every year more than 10 billion seeds are sold. This is – in theory – more than one flower for every person on earth.

At the heart of its activities, Benary is an R&D driven company. Breeding activities are executed at the Headquarters in Hann, Münden (D), as well as in Venhuizen (NL) and Watsonville (USA). With a strong position in seed raised varieties, Benary has recently entered a joint venture to expand its breeding efforts into vegetatively propagated bedding plants.

Benary was founded in 1843 and is currently in the hands of the 6th generation. Despite its age, Benary is an agile company with simple structures, small enough to be dynamic, yet large enough to be professional at all levels. Entrepreneurship, short lines of communication and teamwork are key to the corporate culture.
Due to retirement succession Benary seeks a strong individual in the role of Global Head of Breeding.

The position
The Global Head of Breeding is in charge of all product development related activities of the company. As member of the Executive Management Team and in line with the corporate strategy he/she develops effective breeding goals and leads the efficient execution of the breeding programs.


  • In charge of all global product development activities (including seed and vegetative breeding programs, introduction path and crop business plans)
  • Part of the Executive Management Team (representing breeding at the top management level)
  • Leads all 3 Breeding Locations (Germany, Netherlands, California)
  • Steers all breeding programs (incl. definition of breeding goals, technology and intellectual property strategy)
  • Manages integration of all breeding activities into the other corporate functions
  • (Sales and Marketing, Production, Supply Chain and Administration)
  • Represents the company within the breeding community and industry associations

Other position parameters

  • The position is based at the headquarters of the Company in Hann. Münden Germany
  • The position reports to the Commercial Managing Director (Dr. Matthias Redlefsen) and will be member of the company executive Management Team.
  • The position requires frequent international travel of 30 – 35%

General candidate profile

We seek an enthusiastic, results-driven, team player with excellent communication skills who knows how to motivate others and has interest and pleasure in working with people in an enthusiastic team. The successful candidate will come out of the seed industry, has experience in the field of plant breeding and is ready to take the next step in his/her career.

The ideal candidate will have most or all of the following skills, knowledge, experience, and personal characteristics:

  • PhD or minimum a Masters Degree in plant breeding (or equivalent)
  • 10+ years’ experience in breeding
  • 5+ years’ experience in leadership of breeders
  • Familiar with all aspects of traditional and modern breeding technologies
  • Experience in flowers not imperative but desirable
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Exceptionally good team player
  • Creative and open minded
  • Entrepreneurial, resource conscious mind set
  • High personal energy level and motivation
  • Willingness to extensive global travel (30% + of the time)
  • Fluent in English, good German desirable


For consideration as a candidate or to suggest a prospective candidate, please contact in confidence:



Henk van Wielink             Roger Peeters
Managing Director            Managing Director

+31 228 582280 (O)        +31 495 547011 (O)
+31 6 1362 2199 (M)       +31 6 3067 7332 (M)
rpeeters@krsearch.net     rpeeters@krsearch.net 


Lilian Buckx                      Nicole Firley
Research Associate          Research Associate
+31 6 5088 1958 (M)       +49 17 2656 6524 (M)
lbuckx@krsearch.net        nfirley@krsearch.net


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