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Business Manager Asia

Are you an experienced, international business manager in agriculture?

And do you have an energetic and people oriented personality? If so, apply for this full-time vacancy for Business Manager Asia at our head office in De Lier.

The vacancy for a Business Manager Asia at Rijk Zwaan

Rijk Zwaan has various activities in Asia.  The key focus countries for Rijk Zwaan in the South, South-East and East Asia region are India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Korea. China forms a separate cluster and falls outside the scope of this vacancy.

We have our own subsidiaries in India, Japan and Vietnam, work with several distributors and have our own area managers and product development specialists to support the growers.

In this international role you will have overall responsibility for this area, together with one other Business Manager. You will guide all activities in this area, including strategy, planning, sales, investments and personnel. In close cooperation with the Board of Directors you will develop and implement commercial and company policy. You will maintain and intensify the contact with customers and business relations in the marketplace. In collaboration with the breeding department you will ensure that there is sufficient development  of new varieties and traits for the region. You  have an important people-oriented role in building and maintaining a well-functioning team. You will report to the Board of Directors.

We are looking for a Business Manager Asia with:

  • An academic degree, preferably in the area of Business and/or Agriculture
  • At least 10 years’ relevant experience in an international environment
  • A strong affinity with and/or work experience in agriculture
  • Willingness to travel extensively (80 - 100 days on an annual basis)
  • Fluency in English

Furthermore you are an energetic, enterprising, commercial manager. You take initiative, are resourceful, ambitious and you like to cooperate with your colleagues to obtain an optimal result. You feel comfortable operating as an entrepreneur within our organization. Good social skills and the ability to establish and develop contacts and relations in diverse cultures are indispensable for this function.


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?

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. 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 over 3,000 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. 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.