Breeding Software Product Manager

International Maize and Wheat Improvement, Mexico City, Mexico

Skill Required:, HR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st March, 2017

Job Description

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its
Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, is a not-for-profit research and training
organization with partners in over 100 countries. Please refer to our
website for more information:

CIMMYT is looking for a Breeding Software Product Manager with
experience in developing information management systems for large-scale
integrated breeding and trait/gene discovery programs, to lead efforts
in developing an enterprise system useful for CGIAR and national
breeding programs.

The position will be based at CIMMYT’s Main Campus in Texcoco, State
of Mexico (located 45 km northeast of Mexico City, Mexico), but will
interact with other CIMMYT offices around the world on a regular basis.

Specific duties:

  • Collaborate with breeders and research managers engaged in molecular
    and field based breeding to understand software users’ requirements and
    experiences both from the individual user and enterprise perspective,
    define informatics gaps, and evaluate tools which may fit gaps, define
    any improvement needs for tools, establish priorities for improvements,
    and define needs for novel tool development.
  • Work with the wider community of CGIAR breeders and bioinformatics
    staff to create product road maps for individual applications and for an
    overall breeding informatics toolbox; document linkages and gaps within
    and between applications.
  • Manage investments in the area of enterprise tool development:
    develop and monitor implementation of project plans; work with providers
    to define and monitor projects and components; communicate project
    status to stakeholders; organize effective user testing and feedback;
    and ensure change, configuration, and release management procedures are
  • Support migration to and adoption of the system by CGIAR centers and
    national agricultural research systems in the developing world.

Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:

  • Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Computer Sciences or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar position.
  • Strong track record of:
    • Developing enterprise level breeding informatics tools.
    • Software product development and modification management.
    • Agile software development methods.
    • Planning and managements of sprints.
  • Familiarity with breeding processes, related terminology, and basic features of genealogical, phenotypic, and genotypic data.
  • Proficiency in English, with good written/oral communication and presentation skills.
  • High level of cultural sensitivity and ability to work in multicultural teams.
  • Willingness to travel to research centers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
  • Certification in project management desirable.
  • Competencies:
    • Relationship management
    • Customer orientation
    • Collaboration
    • Achievement orientation
    • Change management

The position is for an initial fixed-term for three (3) years, after
which further employment is subject to performance and the continued
availability of funds. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and
benefits include housing allowance, car, comprehensive health and life
insurance, assistance for children’s education, paid vacation, annual
airfare, contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with
relocation shipment.

How to apply:
Candidates must apply here for 16839 Breeding Software Product Manager. Screening and follow up of applications will begin on Monday, 21 November 2016.
Incomplete applications (CV and Cover Letter) will not be taken into
consideration. Cover Letter should refer explicitly to the essential
qualifications, skills, and competencies stated above. For further
information on the selection process, please contact Enrique Martinez,
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
This position will remain open until filled.

CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a
multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork,
and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.


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