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Production Manager

Ochten, Gelderland, NetherlandsOperations

Job description

Are you an expert in setting up and managing processes? Do you have an affinity with technology, poultry farming and excel in stakeholder management for large projects? Then the position of Production Manager at In Ovo is interesting for you.

About our company
Since we started out in 2011, we have been developing an automated process to determine the sex of a chick while still inside the egg. We aim to prevent the hatching and then culling of billions of male chicks worldwide just because they do not lay eggs. In 2020, we installed the first version of our Ella machine in a hatchery. Since then, we have developed the technology further, and a new, improved Ella began operating in 2022.

Ella is only the initial step on our journey, our first pioneering innovation. We are determined to develop our business further and create many more innovative ideas. When it comes to animal welfare and climate change, all sorts of challenges exist and cry out for imaginative ideas and unconventional solutions. These are precisely the challenges that drive us forward.

At In Ovo, we combine analytical insight with a no-nonsense approach. We don’t get caught up in endless discussions. And we don't stare at the screen for hours on end. We look at the hatcheries from the inside. Because our solutions have to work for them if what we do is to succeed.

Your role
As a Production Manager at In Ovo, you play a crucial role due to your unique background and experience in engineering, machine maintenance, and service. You will primarily focus on Project Ella. You are the one who organizes in our team that our machines function well at customers' sites and takes care of the maintenance and (international) expansion of the number of hatcheries where we can implement our high-throughput sex determination.

However, your involvement extends further. In addition to the specific tasks for this project, you contribute to the general business operations by providing valuable input for other ongoing projects. Your versatility allows you to flexibly switch between different tasks, even outside your traditional job description.

You ensure a safe working environment, manage production sites, coordinate with customer contracts, and maintain high standards in planning, personnel management, performance, and maintenance. You are responsible for optimizing production environments at various locations, preparing and managing new locations for our solutions, and providing input for improvements to our machines and technologies.

You work closely with various departments, manage external technical partners, and travel between locations. Your role is dynamic and includes both daily operational leadership and strategic project development, making it a challenging and versatile position.

Job requirements

About you
Your expertise contributes to the continuous improvement of our products and services. Through your insights and specialist knowledge, you make a significant contribution to In Ovo's projects.

This role requires a proactive attitude in collaboration and communication with colleagues, which is essential for realizing our growth ambitions. Your impact on projects such as the sex determination project is considerable, where you not only drive progress but also discover new insights and opportunities.


  • You have a BSc or MSc degree.
  • You have demonstrable experience with technology and operations/services in a complex environment.
  • You are communicatively skilled with leadership qualities.
  • You are an organizer with an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Affinity with technology and project management; experience in hatchery is a plus.
  • You have a passion to make an impact in the sector.
  • You speak fluent Dutch and English.
  • You are in possession of a driver's license B.

What we offer
Working as a Production Manager at In Ovo means contributing to a fast-growing, ambitious organisation. You will deal with interesting and sometimes complex business development projects, issues and brainteasers. In Ovo is a company large enough for you to work on a wide range of topics but small enough to stamp your mark and make a difference. Our culture is informal and the lines of communication short.

We also offer the following:

  • A scale-up company setting that allows you to benefit from unique opportunities that have a global impact on animal welfare
  • A ground-breaking environment where you enjoy a lot of responsibility and can constantly seek out new opportunities and ways to develop
  • A salary between € 4,000 and € 6,200 per month, depending on your working experience
  • 25 days holiday per year (and the option to buy more), a pension and a working-from-home allowance
  • An annual budget of € 1,500 for personal development

Interested but still in doubt?

If you find the position interesting but have a few doubts, that is completely understandable.

Candidates who think they do not fully meet all the requirements tend to refrain from applying for certain positions. Unfortunately, this is more prevalent among women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds. So, we welcome applicants even if they have some doubts. We look forward to discussing your qualities and perhaps offering you a suitable position with our organisation.

Please apply by sending your CV and a short application letter. If you have any questions, please contact Ralph Roels, Recruiter, at +31 614139696 or via

Please do not contact us with unsolicited services or offers using the contact details for this vacancy


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