The Bureau is looking for a MANAGING DIRECTOR

The Managing Director’s responsibilities are divided into four key pillars:

A) Execution and coordination of the Bureau’s activities:

  • Assisting members, as needed, on other IPrelated matters including global trademark, patent portfolio management and IP-related litigation.
  • Establishing partnerships and working collaboratively with international, national and local seed associations and law enforcement agencies.
  • Supporting the establishment of IP protection organisations in the vegetable seed industry in other parts of the world.
  • Advising and training members on methods to improve the protection of their IP. 

B) Investigation and market intelligence:

  • Steering and coordinating individual and teams of (international) private investigators and law firms engaged in the ongoing monitoring for counterfeits in the global marketplace.
  • Performing operational audits of seed enhancers.

C) Enforcement through partnering with law agencies in the countries concerned.

D) Establishment of new networks and collaborations in untapped territories and countries.


  • Full-time position with a preferred starting date of October 1st 2019
  • Permanent contract
  • Fixed salary 


The ideal candidate needs to be flexible and effective in establishing and maintaining positive working relationships, able to travel internationally (up to 40% of time) and willing to work outside of office hours. Experience in the seed industry is advantageous.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or a related field is preferred.
  • Law enforcement background with solid understanding and experience in general IP matters.
  • Ethical judgment and respect for confidentiality.
  • Thorough knowledge of criminal and civil procedures relating to evidence, privacy, interviewing, breach of contract, fraud, supply chain and intellectual property protection.

Skills and abilities

  • Fluent in English and competent in French.
  • Italian and/or Spanish is highly desirable .
  • Proven leadership skills including coaching, mentoring and teaching.
  • Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Advanced project management skills including planning, execution and implementation.
  • Excellent research skills, high attention to detail, selfmotivated, desire and ability to excel in a fast-paced environment.

Information and applications
For more information about this vacancy please contact Casper van Kempen, current Managing Director of AIB, telephone number +31 613 299 392, email:

You may send your CV and covering letter to Maria Valoira, email:

A comprehensive background investigation will be part of the selection process.