The global health and well-being of people will largely depend on a successful transition to efficient agriculture and horticulture. Farmers and gardeners must therefore look for more efficient and sustainable ways of producing food. Ridder Group helps them in this innovation battle. Ridder Group completed a strategic reorientation in 2018, with the ultimate mission: “to become the leading global supplier of technology for autonomous greenhouses”.
Ridder, a Dutch family-owned company with its headquarter in Harderwijk, has been supporting greenhouse growers for over 65 years with electromechanical systems, climate technology and software that is designed to optimize all cultivation and management processes within a horticultural business. Ridder does this by providing tailormade solutions to start “helping you grow your way”, with a clear focus on delivering customer value through adaptive technology and knowledge transfer. The drive to innovate is part of Ridder’s DNA. This has made the company a leading supplier of advanced process computers, water-saving innovations, transparent management systems, reliable drive units and energy saving climate screens. Ridder’s pragmatic solutions enable sustainable controlled environment agriculture in every country and climate. Operating from multiple strategic locations on three continents, Ridder is an international company with over 300 committed employees and a global partner network that supports greenhouse growers to successfully produce food and flowers in more than 100 countries.
To be able to feed 9 billion people worldwide in 2050, food production will have to increase by at least 50%, whilst the global protected environmental horticultural business is facing a decreasing availability of experienced growers and operational workers. Ridder’s vision is that (semi) autonomous greenhouse operations will play an important role to fulfil the future food demand by optimal use of big data, artificial intelligence (AI), deep machine learning algorithms, vision systems, wireless sensors, robotics and integrated supply chain management solutions. Ridder Group is highly committed to become a global leading technology supplier for the autonomous greenhouse.
Region EMEA and Ridder France
The Region EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) continent is the largest region within the Group and represents about 70% of the Group’s turnover. In this region the Ridder products and systems are sold through different distribution channels (Greenhouse Builders, Water/ Electrical Installers, Mechanical installers (e.g. for climate screens) and to a small extend directly to end-users (growers). Within this region, Ridder has 3 sales offices in The Netherlands (regional HQ), France and Spain, manged by Country Managers. The implementation of this new regional structure is work in progress and will be implemented in the second half of this year.
Ridder France (formerly active under the name of Hortimax), is present in the Grand-Ouest region –based in Saint Brévin les Pins– for 27 years. Over these years, the French Ridder office has become from a challenger position tot a leader position . Ridders’ brand in the French market is the preferred solution through the largest dealer network in France and is now present at the main French reference growers.
As the current Country Manager of Ridder France is leaving the company, we are looking for an ambitious and energetic Salesmanager to take the lead in all sales activities in the France region and executing the ambitious growth strategy in line with the group strategy.
The Salesmanager will report the Managing Director of Ridder Growing Solutions, who is based in the Netherlands and works in close cooperation with the acting General Manager a.i. based the France office.
Qualifications and required experience