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Breeding Manager Top Cross

Are you aware of the latest breeding innovations?

Do you want to lead a team in which you are responsible for coordinating the breeding activities? If so, apply for this full-time vacancy for Breeding Manager Top Cross at our office in Fijnaart.

The vacancy for a Breeding Manager Top Cross at Rijk Zwaan

Rijk Zwaan is one of the world’s leading players in vegetable breeding. The specialised breeding team Top Cross consists of 20 employees, which focuses on the development of various crops like carrot, radish and celery. Within this role you are, together with the current Breeding Manager, responsible for managing the breeding activities, the long term vision and strategy of the department. You are up to date on the very latest plant breeding innovations and you will ensure that these innovations are applied in practise. You maintain contact with other Rijk Zwaan departments such as marketing, sales, research, seed production and crop protection. Together with the current Breeding Manager you will lead the breeding team and you will provide purpose, direction and motivation for your team.

We are seeking a Breeding Manager Top Cross with:

  • An academic degree in Plant Science
  • At least 5 years work experience
  • Affinity with plant breeding

Furthermore you are creative, innovative and you have excellent communication skills. You have natural leadership qualities and enjoy coaching people. You know what is going on in the team, the organisation and the market.


Hagoort & Partners is coordinating the search for candidates for this procedure. Patrick Westerburger is the contactperson. You can send your reaction to For more information you can reach him on +31 (0)20 3011020.

An assessment (and screening) will be part of the procedure. 

Rijk Zwaan: your new employer?

In Fijnaart, Moerdijk region of The Netherlands, is a Research and Development location based of Rijk Zwaan - 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. We have a long-term focus, which is why we offer our employees a permanent contract as soon as they join us.

From our strategic position we contribute to the health and well-being of people all over the world. 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 around 3,000 people in over 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. Working with colleagues to produce the best and tastiest vegetables. Reinforcing, helping and inspiring one another. That’s how we want to continuously work together towards a healthy future.