Team Manager International Research LEI Wageningen UR

A challenging position for a people manager looking for social impact by organizing top social science research on today's global challenges

The Hague

The organization
LEI is part of Wageningen University and Research Centre. As a leading socio-economic research institute our unique data, models and knowledge support our clients in policy and decision making and ultimately contribute to a more sustainable world.
For 75 years we have been an expert in the field of healthy nutrition, lifestyle and living environment, and are known as a knowledge institute that provides insight into the capacity of our planet on the one hand, and the impact and potential of human actions on the other.
LEI is part of the Social Sciences Group which comprises the entire knowledge chain of fundamental research, applied research, consultancy and capacity building.www.wageningenur.nl/en/lei.
LEI employs 266 staff at locations in The Hague, Wageningen and Lelystad. LEI has 7 research teams working closely together in multidisciplinary research projects.

Research Team International Policy
32 staff strong, the international policy research team provides international agencies, governments, NGOs and businesses with independent research and advice through:
  • Modelling complex issues such as global and local food and nutrition security, yield gap analysis and the bio based economy.
  • Macro-economic analysis, using advanced quantitative analytical tools and scenario development, for example on the international trade implications of policy decisions.
  • Impact analysis of policy decisions such as sustainability transitions in the value chain (e.g. coffee and cocoa.)
The research portfolio contains over 90 projects executed by teams of LEI researchers, frequently as part of a larger international consortium.

As manager of the team, you are responsible for the efficient and effective coordination and organization of the research process. Your most important tasks are:
  • Stimulating researchers to take responsibility and to achieve high quality services through (multidisciplinary) team collaboration. You show the way in your collaboration with other research managers and program leaders.
  • Being a sparring partner for the team on strategic research questions and communication on relevant themes.
  • Managing staff capacity in research projects and maintaining quality of research by, for example, being actively involved in reviewing research results and communication of results (such as reports, articles, web publications) by your team.
  • Sharing your vision on client-oriented research with impact and contributing to further LEI organizational development as part of the research managers group.
  • Inspiring researchers to continually improve, learn and innovate. You do this through matching research capacity with client demands. Therefore, you occasionally participate in (academic) networks and events.
  • Supporting researchers in their professional competencies development and their employability/ career development.


Training and experience
  • You have at least a master's degree in (agricultural) economics, econometrics or related subject.
  • You are an experienced people manager at a university or research organization, preferably in a public-private setting. Consequently, you are experienced in leading teams of professionals.
  • You are well versed in the acquisition and management of applied research projects in an international setting.
  • You have a knowledge of, or affinity with agriculture and rural development in an international context.
  • Experience in modelling and tools/ methods for quantitative analysis would be an advantage.
  • You have a clear strategy and vision on the products and markets in which your team operates.

  • You have excellent skills in people management and leading a team of professionals.
  • You have experience in the applied research process.
  • You have experience in project management and the methods and practices it involves.
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills in Dutch and English.
  • You are an inspiring leader able to galvanize people into action, with a keen eye for quality, results and your team development.
  • You stand for your team and its members and take responsibility for your team and its results!
  • You are a team player and like to work on creative new ways to work on team- and LEI-management development.

More information?
LEI offers a combination of a good basic salary with excellent secondary labor conditions, a challenging job in a Dutch and international environment with varied work activities in a pleasant, open work culture and with ample opportunity for personal growth.

For more information, please contact Yifu Pei, recruitment consultant at nomilk2day | agri & Food, at +31 (0)655772618 or apply for the position with the link:

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