Area Sales Manager East Europe a.k.a. Business Grower

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Area Sales Manager East Europe a.k.a. Business Grower

Are you an independent go-getter that likes to work internationally with many different customers? Do you know your way around the vegetable seed industry in Eastern Europe? Wondering if this shirt fits you?

FULL-TIME ·  East Europe

As our Area Sales Manager you develop maximum sales profitability and growth within East Europe. You manage existing customers through a relationship-based approach and secure new business/accounts through personal contact.

Thanks to your extensive knowledge about our products, you know how to advise our customers so that they will get the best results too. You have a keen eye for developments in the market and you know what to do when you see opportunities.

You work closely with our R&D colleagues, Product Managers and the Customer Service department to deliver the best results and report to the Business Area Manager!

Education & Experience
You have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably an agricultural training. A minimum of 5 years of experience in the agricultural sector, preferably of sales in the seed or vegetable industry. 

Skills & Personality
You have strong communication, negotiating and analytical skills. You know how to influence customers and stakeholders actively to achieve your objectives and goals. It is also no problem for you to make the business work, you are knowledgeable about variety registration and seed sales in Eastern Europe. Because you're taking initiative and responsibility, you don't need any close supervision. People may have other opinions and you listen to that, but you don't follow blindly.

Multitasking is something you're good at and you have no problem changing your course last minute if that's required for the company or market forces. You just love your job and reaching goals.  

Language and IT
You speak and write English and Russian fluently, preferably German too. You know your way around with programs like Office365 and ABS. 

Most of the time you'll be traveling, around 70%. You will regularly visit our headquarters in Andijk, the Netherlands. Preferably 2 days a month.  

About our company
As from 2019, Pop Vriend Seeds is an independent subsidiary of KWS Seeds. KWS, a family owned German seeds company, is the world’s fifth largest seed business. KWS brings us 160 years of breeding heritage and we at Pop Vriend welcome the great opportunities for synergy in the field of technology and research. From our head quarters in Andijk, the Netherlands, we operate independently.

The rewards
An amazing chance to work and gain experience in a unique company where you will have loads of space and responsibility. You’ll work in a team of about 75 inspiring colleagues that consists of all kind of people; some just finished school, others are real guru’s in the field. Do you like to get to know some colleagues?  Check the People of Pop Vriend.

Besides an inspiring work environment in a fast growing sales area, you’ll have loads of possibilities to develop yourself in your discipline. We have a no-nonsense work mentality and an informal culture, another way to say that we laugh a lot at Pop Vriend Seeds. 

We've just scheduled the first interviews with a select group of candidates. For that reason we decided to put the vacancy on hold. We would like to investigate what the current candidates can do for us. Feel free to apply anyway, if we do not find the right match we will inform you directly!

Convinced? You can let us know by clicking the ''Apply now'' button.

If you have any questions you can get in touch with René van Meijel, Business Area Manager & Product Manager Carrot/Red Beet, by phone number 0228-591 462 or by e-mail address   

A workweek of an Area Sales Manager at Pop Vriend Seeds

On Monday you start making your planning for the whole week, checking orders and doing your weekly call with Customer Services in the Netherlands. When the clock turns 1 PM you grab your bag to go to the airport. You’re going to visit a distributor in Poland.

The next day the distributor takes you to a trial field of red beets to see how it looks. After a couple of hours you drive to a local seed dealer to get an impression of everything that’s going on there. After the tour you’re having diner with them.

When the alarm rings you wonder how the night could end so fast. It was a lovely diner with the dealer last night. After a good breakfast you call one of your clients in Russia to answer a question he had about an order. Everything is clear so let’s get in the car to visit some bean trial fields, together with the distributor. While you’re on the road you make a call with our legal department because you want to know more about a variety registration.

Thursday already! You start checking budgets, orders and stocks with the distributor. Meanwhile you check our ERP system to see which variety we have too much, or too short. At 4 PM you ask him to give you a small tour threw town, to end it with an nice drink. Cheers to this good workrelation!

When you’re in the airplane on Friday morning you start making your travelogue. When landed and on your way home you call your colleagues in the Netherlands to ask them if the new folder for Belarus is already finished. When you hear your colleague from France is in the office you give her a call to have a nice chat and when the week ends, you have one last call with your manager to discuss the to do’s for next week. When you put your phone down you see your favourite chair awaits, time to chill and have a nice weekend!