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Horticulture Programme Manager

19/11/20 Monaghan Neg

Permanent full-time

Horticulture Programme Manager

Our client is a leading food ingredients business which delivers ground breaking new product development for the core business including a range of nutritional and functional food ingredients.

These nutrient enhanced ingredients directly feed the creation of a suite of nutrition and functional ingredients for supply to the nutraceutical, food and beverage markets.

Our clients supports their growing customer base to find whole food solutions for flexitarians/vegetarians, the elderly and health conscious consumers.

Location: Monaghan, Louth, Cavan

Proposed Role:

The Horticulture Programme Manager is a key role in the management of a number of research projects within the organisation.

Reporting to the Chief Scientific Officer, the Horticulture Programme Manager will be essential in driving forward the development of microbial solutions for horticulture applications.

Role Deliverables:

The Horticulture Programme Manager will be responsible for the successful management and execution of all Microbiology innovation programs within The business for the group including the management of project rollout into the full commercial environment.

The programme manager must be highly customer centric and must lead by example.The business consistently delivers world firsts. The programme manager must be focussed on the end goal and see innovation as a toolset to achieve macro objectives.

This may require entrepreneurial flair at times to achieve the unimaginable and the candidate must be a very strong communicator, As nature never stops flexibility will be an important feature of this role.

The deliverables of the Horticulture Programme Manager role include: 

  • Coordinate and evaluate the performance of all microbiology and horticulture projects within the business
  • Formulate new projects to support the achievement of new innovation targets agreed with the customer
  • Drive an innovation mindset through the team
  • Development of a consistent project management method for application to all programs
  • Develop proposals for funding from national and international state agencies to ensure funding is in place for 100% of micro programs
  • The development and management of budgets
  • Management and development of a diverse team of scientists and horticulturalists
  • Risk assessment and change management to ensure programme delivery
  • Effective communications with all programme stakeholders
  • Development of new products and processes for the horticulture industry

Experience and Qualifications:


  • Possess a Ph.D qualification in Environmental Microbiology or Microbial Ecology
  • Project Management qualification would be preferable


  • 7+ years of industrial experience
  • Proven experience in programme management
  • Proven experience in team management
  • Proven experience in stakeholder management
  • Proven record of good understanding/experience of horticulture
  • Possess excellent computer skills including databases, excel, word and statistical packages
  • Possess excellent communication skills (both written and verbal), excellent interpersonal and presentation skills as well as being team focused
  • Proven record of attention to detail and work with a sense of urgency yet have the ability to be impartial and objective

Please apply by sending your CV to Ray Powell at or call for more information.

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