From 1971 until he joined SOIVRE (Servicio Oficial de Inspección, Vigilancia y Regulación de las Exportaciones – the Spanish Customs Inspection Service), as an inspector in the Ministry of Economy and Trade, he was a professor at the School of Agricultural Engineers in Madrid and worked in the private sector in export companies as well as on animal food projects.
Ministry of Economy and Trade (Madrid)
Employed in the Directorate general of Internal Trade and in the
Directorate General for Trade Policy.
Secreteria de estado (Madrid)
Counsellor in agricultural affairs and member of the delegation for the
Spanish accession negotiations.
Since 1986, he has worked in the following posts :
Member of the Cabinet of Vice-President Manuel Marin - 1986
Head of unit for processed fruit and vegetables division - 1987-1990
Head of unit, Tobacco division - 1990
Head of unit, wine, spirits and derived products division - 1991-1993
Chief advisor of the Directorate General for Agriculture and Director of the Common Market Organisation for Vegetable Products - 1993-1997
Deputy Director General of Agriculture responsible for rural
development - 1997
Director General for Agriculture and Rural Development - 1999-2005
Director General for Research - January 2006 - June 2010
Advisor 'hors classe', Directorate General for Research - July-December 2010