Careers in the Netherlands

Breeding Manager

Would you like to manage a team of enthusiastic breeders and have ultimate responsibility for the content of breeding programmes for peppers, aubergines and chillies?

If so, apply for this post as Breeding Manager in De Lier.

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

Together with your fellow Breeding Manager you will be responsibile for the process-based management of the breeding programmes and the department’s long-term vision and strategy. You will keep abreast of developments in cultivation practices and be responsible for implementing the latest innovations. You will maintain contact with various other departments within Rijk Zwaan, such as the commercial teams, research departments, seed production and crop care. You will manage the team jointly with your fellow Breeding Manager and enjoy coaching and setting challenges for people.

What you will bring to the job

You take a creative and innovative approach and have very good communication skills. You have natural managerial skills that enable you to be an inspiring coach. You enjoy working with your fellow Breeding Manager but also with other departments, so you know what is happening in your team, the organisation and the market. You are willing to travel regularly for your work (around 10 weeks a year).
We would also expect to see the following on your CV:

  • At least a university degree, in Plant Sciences
  • At least five years’ experience of work in plant breeding or plant research
  • Demonstrable management skills and/or experience
  • Excellent command of English

What can you expect from us?

As Breeding Manager you will manage the ‘Aubrika’ department. This department has 37 employees in the Netherlands and 19 abroad and focuses on the development of new varieties, including peppers, aubergines and chillies. As well as a growing international working environment we would offer you:

  • An immediate, permanent 38-hour-a-week contract
  • Market salary consistent with job level and experience
  • A range of training opportunities through our Rijk Zwaan Academy
  • Good work-life balance


For this position Rijk Zwaan is working with Hagoort & Partners, Leidsegracht 22, 1016 CL Amsterdam. The procedure is being supervised by Patrick Westerburger. You can send your application to him at For further information you can call him on 020-3011020.

The procedure includes an assessment.

Rijk Zwaan: your new employer?

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.
From our strategic position we contribute to the world food supply. Everything we do is about growth. The growth of natural products that we export around the world. The growth of our company, which currently employs over 3,300 people in more than 30 countries. And above all the growth of our people: we give you every opportunity to use your own initiative and achieve your full potential.