PR Officer

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KeyGene – the crop innovation company
KeyGene is the go-to AgBiotech company for higher crop yield & quality. With our intellectual capital, solution driven approach and collaborative spirit, we work for the future of global agriculture with partners in the AgriFood sector. Using our proprietary technologies and non-GM approaches, we support customers with the development of new and improved crops. Our goal is to help organizations with their toughest R&D challenges, combining our cutting edge breeding technologies, bioinformatics & data science expertise and plant-based trait platforms. At KeyGene, we work in an international environment with more than 140 professionals from all over the world. Our company is based in Wageningen, Netherlands and Rockville, MD, USA

To strengthen our PR activities, we are looking for an entrepreneurial and communicative


Vacancy Number 18.001

As PR Officer you will execute our communication strategy in a strategic and structured way across paid, owned and earned channels in order to further build and sustain KeyGene’s corporate brand of crop innovation company and to foster our internationally recognized position in Agro-biotech innovation among target audiences.

You will be part of the PR & communications team and tasked with designing, writing, curating and/or producing compelling content for targeted audiences. Focus areas include social media, website, media releases and in-house and off-site events. Next to that you are involved in organizing and delivering support to internal and external events and public affairs campaigns. You will lead the day-to-day social media actions and online engagement with our audiences. Furthermore, you will be involved in the day-to-day work of the PR team and providing hands-on support to the colleagues within KeyGene. Also, you will be tasked with using Analytics and other evaluation tools to measure our program effectiveness. You will advise the CEO and VP HR & corporate affairs in matters related to PR and communications and to further strengthen our brand. You enjoy working in an international environment and a small ambitious team with a hands-on mentality. The position will be full-time.

 Your profile

  • Relevant Master’s degree (Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing or similar field)
  • Work experience gained within PR, communications, media, marketing or journalism
  • Ideally be familiar with the plant biotechnology / AgroFood industry
  • Good computer skills (a.o. wordpress, InDesign, Photoshop etc)
  • Excellent communication and story telling skills with fluency in both spoken and written English
  • Social media savvy. Knows the latest developments in the area of social. Analytics expert
  • Ambitious enthusiastic professional with a ‘can do mentality’ and ability to contribute to multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment. Ability to prioritize and plan effectively
  • Unconventional thinker with fresh ideas

KeyGene offer
KeyGene offers a dynamic job with a competitive salary and benefits in a vibrant, highly innovative and ambitious research company. The position is based at KeyGene’s headquarters in Wageningen (The Netherlands), a worldwide renowned centre of agricultural research.

More information
Additional information can be obtained from Angelique Philipsen, VP HR & Corporate Affairs, telephone +31 317 466866, email If you are interested in this position you can send your letter of application and resume to Angelique Philipsen via the above mentioned email address. Please mention vacancy number 18.001 in your application.

 A full curriculum vitae and motivation letter should be submitted before March 8, 2018.
First round of interviews will be held on March 19 and 20, 2018