Manager Environmental Risk Assessment

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen, Netherlands 🇳🇱

We are looking for

Are you a true people manager looking for socially meaningful work? Are you fascinated by the environmental performance and ecological effects of toxic substances, such as pesticides, medicines, PAHs and PCBs, and do you have a network in this field? Be sure to read on!

The Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) team is the centre of expertise in the Netherlands and one of the leading groups in the EU and the world, with both knowledge and experimental experience of the behaviour of pesticides and other toxic substances in the environment and their effects on the ecosystem in temperate and (sub) tropical climate zones.

As manager of ERA, you will steer the sustainable employability of the staff. You will also be responsible for safeguarding academic quality, the relevance of the research and the financial results of the team. You and your team will contribute to achieving the ESG strategy (particularly acquisition), especially the Sustainable Land Use, Sustainable Water Management and Biodiverse Environment programmes. You will promote the collaboration of researchers within the team, and you will be focused on collaboration with project leaders, other teams at Wageningen Environmental Research (WENR), relevant chair groups of Wageningen University and other groups (national and international). As manager you will take part in the WENR team leader meetings and will report to the ESG management council.

We ask

  • A colleague who is academically trained in a field relevant to this team;
  • An inspiring connector who has a coaching style of leadership;
  • An enterprising, customer- and result-oriented colleague;
  • Someone able to respond strategically to developments within the professional field in the market, both nationally and internationally;
  • Possesses at least five years of relevant experience in managing professionals and extensive research projects;
  • A relevant network within the research community in the field of environmental behaviour and eco(toxico)logical effects of crop protection agents and other chemical and biological stress factors.
  • Good at acquisition and its management.

We offer

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between €4.369 and €6.602,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 13). Additionally, a contract for 32 hours is possible.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research’s International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Bram de Vos, general manager ESG, [email protected]

For more information about the procedure, please contact Sharlynn Kimani, HR Business Partner, [email protected]

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including August 16th 2021

An assessment could be part of the procedure.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University and Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR

Wageningen Environmental Research is the research institute for our green living environment. WEnR offers a combination of applied and academic research in a multitude of fields of expertise related to our living environment and its sustainable use, including water, nature, forest, environment, soil, landscape, climate, land use, and recreation. There is a clear focus on the applicability of this knowledge in practice. 


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