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Date posted:  Nov 18, 2021

Shanghai, CN

Job Function:  Other
Job Type:  Permanent
Job Requisition ID:  8708

General Manager, China Tech Centre

We at Yara are part of a global network, collaborating to profitably and responsibly solve some of the world's key challenges - resource scarcity, food insecurity and environmental change.

About the Unit

There are more than 500 million smallholder farms globally. 2.5 billion people depend on Smallholder Communities for their food and livelihoods. Smallholder regions are characterized by low living standards, high rates of illiteracy and low agricultural productivity. Yara's mission is "Responsibly Feed the World and Protect the Planet". Key to achieving this is enabling thriving Smallholder Communities. At Yara, the Smallholders Digital Team is part of the Crop and Digital Solutions Unit. 

About Crop and Digital Solutions

Yara aims to be the crop nutrition company for the future and is leading the development of sustainable agriculture and digital tools to contribute to solving global agricultural challenges. We have a worldwide presence with sales teams in ~150 countries and around 17,000 employees. Yara Farming Solutions, will lead the transformation towards more sustainable and efficient food production, by innovating our offerings and the way we work. Crop and Digital Solutions is responsible developing and scaling new “on-farm” digital and integrated tools and solutions for an efficient and transparent food system.


  • Managing and leading an internal development/design/data/product centre of excellence. Mobilizing and deploying teams within China to identify, validate and scale China use-case cross-discipline digital products/services teams.

  • Drive a strategy, vision and structure within the China Hub that develops the hub into a leading digital product and services development centre of excellence. 

  • Work closely with global product and commercial teams across multiple business lines within Yara and located in multiple countries (Germany, Brazil, USA, Thailand, China and Singapore) to identify potential use-case opportunities for implementation in China as well as share learnings from China-specific use-case development.

  • Develop and drive a centre of excellence culture and learning hub mindset. Developing the hub as a talent contributor to the market and a leader in product development / engineering best practices.

  • Design/development and oversight of best-practice product development structures within the hub to ensure continuous development and innovation of the hub model.

  • Responsible company director for the hub with accountability for the hub budget, team deployment and support. 


  • Experience in leading a global digital development/consulting organizations of 100+ people and supporting the development of digital products, particularly in organizations that are changing, transforming and exploring.

  • Understanding of best practice agile development of digital products. Setting and implementing new ways of working.

  • Extensive experience with development of digital products within the China market.

  • Prior experience in managing teams across product, engineering, design, data, agile, pmo.

Additional Information

We strive to reflect the diversity in society and encourage all qualified applicants from all background to apply. We are committed to creating a work environment that fits gender equality and allows combining career progress with the needs of a family or other personal circumstances

Why us?

  • Evolving tech development division of an established agricultural products and services company.
  • Explore and develop digital, software, hardware products, which provide value to farmers, smallholder communities and the value chain.
  • Be part of our mission to build sustainable solutions that benefit humanity and the environment.
  • Full-time, permanent and freelance contract options available with competitive remuneration + benefits.
  • Support for personal development, training and continuous learning.
  • Commitment to using new technologies and frameworks, meetups, and knowledge sharing.

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Knowledge grows through differences
Yara is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that creating a diverse and inclusive work environment is not only the right thing, but also the smart thing to do. To deliver on this, Yara has firmly anchored Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in our business strategy and has more than 400 employees worldwide involved in D&I ambassador networks. 

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