Innovation Director - De Lier, Netherlands

Kekkilä-BVB is a leading European growing media company. Products and services are aimed at professional growers, home gardeners, landscapers and horticultural raw material customers.

We base our business on customer and market understanding. Our customers’ needs are met with vast and versatile production and supply, unique R&D know-how and a global network of distributors and retailers.

Kekkilä-BVB has 250-million-euro turnover. We employ over 500 people in Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, Estonia and Spain. Products are delivered to 100+ countries. The focus is creating means for sustainable everyday living around the world in the field of horticulture.


We are currently looking for:


Innovation Director (De Lier, Netherlands)


The main purpose of this position is leading the creation of innovative and scientific substantiated new commercial concepts. These concepts should meet new demands in the market, strengthen our strategic position and utilize new opportunities and insights combined with scientific research. Innovation Director reports directly to the CEO.



  • Leading the international team of R&D colleagues and the creation of innovative products and concepts which meet the demands of our customers
  • Forming and leading international innovation project teams
  • Building and maintaining a strong knowledge network
  • Representing Kekkilä-BVB through publications, blogs, lectures etc.
  • Securing knowledge and information for future studies and innovation
  • Working closely with Business Units to secure the commercialization and purpose fit of the new innovative concepts


Key competences:

  • Academic or master’s degree with expertise in horticulture/growing media
  • Ability to form insight, see the new opportunities and conceptualize them
  • Good organizing and connecting skills
  • Ability to build strong teams and networks
  • Overviewing risks, opportunities and consequences when taking decisions
  • Commercial mindset
  • Good communications and presentation skills
  • Showing leadership and courage to renew
  • Fluent English speaker


Our values are: Focus on customer success, Achieving together, Courage to renew and Trust through respect. If these resonate with you and you recognize yourself from the qualities described above, do not hesitate to apply.


For more information about this position, please contact Hugo Buitelaar +31 6 147 97 000. Please send your motivation and CV no later than 27.9.2019 by mail to

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