Breeding Manager
Rijk Zwaan
Nederland, Fijnaart
19 uur geleden

What will your role as Breeding Manager at Rijk Zwaan entail?

Within this role, you share responsibility with a fellow Breeding Manager for the process-based management of the breeding programmes (namely spinach, beetroot, chard, rocket, leek, endive, chicory and radicchio) and the long-term vision and strategy of the department.

This requires you to keep up to date with technical developments and to take care of implementing the latest innovations.

You maintain contact with various other departments within Rijk Zwaan, such as the commercial teams, research departments, seed production and crop maintenance.

You head up the team together with your fellow Breeding Manager, so it is important that you enjoy coaching people and helping them to stay motivated.

Your contribution

You are creative and innovative and have very strong communication skills. You have a natural talent for leadership and are an inspiring coach who is in tune with what’s going on in the department.

You have insight into the dynamics of the organisation and of the market. You have a strong vision and are good at making strategic choices.

You are willing to go on regular business trips (approx. 6 weeks per year).

In addition, your CV ticks the following boxes :

  • A university degree at bachelor’s level or higher in the field of plant sciences
  • At least 5 years’ experience in plant breeding
  • Demonstrable leadership skills and / or experience
  • Affinity with product development and commerce
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • What can you expect from us?

    As a Breeding Manager you head up the breeding department called Terra. This department is made up of 42 employees in the Netherlands and several employees abroad, and is focused on the development of new varieties.

    In addition to an ever-growing international working environment we are pleased to offer you :

  • A permanent contract for 38 hours per week, right from the start
  • Competitive salary in line with level and experience
  • Various training opportunities through our Rijk Zwaan Academy
  • A good work-life balance
  • Rijk Zwaan : your new employer?

    In Fijnaart, West-Brabant, you can find a Research & Development location of Rijk Zwaan. Rijk Zwaan is an international family company with a people-oriented culture.

    Rijk Zwaan is right at the start of the food chain. We develop vegetable varieties and sell the seeds produced from them globally to growers and other chain partners.

    From our strategic position we contribute to the world food supply. Everything we do is about healthy growth. The growth of natural and healthy products that we export around the world.

    The growth of our company and above all the growth of our people : we give you every opportunity to use your own initiative and achieve your full potential.


    To fill this vacancy, Rijk Zwaan is working together with Hagoort & Partners, Leidsegracht 22, 1016 CL Amsterdam. The procedure is being coordinated by Patrick Westerburger.

    Send your application to him at pwesterburger For more information, feel free to call him on +31 (0)20-3011020.

    The procedure includes an assessment.

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