Current Vacancies

Head of R&D

Reading, RG30 1DZ

Competitive, plus share options

Reports to:
Founder and CEO

Purpose and responsibilities

The Head of R&D reports to the Founder and CEO and is a member of the Senior Management
Team. The person will develop a commercially-aware R&D strategy for biology and implement this
through the R&D team across three settings:

  • Lab-based: Develop solutions for new pest species and maintain insect colonies.
  • Field-based: Design and manage trials to demonstrate solution efficacy, measure grower
    benefits and optimise treatment protocols.
  • Factory-based: Devise procedures for automated rearing and conduct research to optimise
    biological performance, interfacing closely with the engineering team.

The individual will contribute significantly to the company’s growth by spearheading portfolio
expansion and supporting the internationalisation of solution sales and deployment. This will include
working effectively with academic and commercial partners where appropriate. The Head of R&D is
also responsible for regulatory compliance related to biology, including the use of x-rays.

Preferred qualifications and experience

  • Managed R&D for a portfolio of crop protection solutions being deployed internationally
  • Experience with biological control solutions, ideally including sterile insect technique
  • Track record of measuring commercial benefits of technical solutions
  • PhD in entomology or related subject
  • Team leadership and line management experience

Personal skills and attributes

The Head of R&D role demands effective senior leadership skills including:

  • Communication and influencing
  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving
  • Numeracy and financial acumen

We look to attract candidates who can demonstrate behaviours in sync with our company values:

  • Spirit – Having innovation, team and fighting spirit!
  • Fluid – Working in a flexible way and being open to change
  • Trustworthy – Includes honesty, integrity, respect and being approachable
  • Growth mindset – Learn and grow & embrace challenges
  • Succeeding together – Collaborate and celebrate success together

Application Process

Please send a CV and cover letter to [email protected]

BigSis is an equal opportunities employer.