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Managing Director Breeding Operations

Are you a people orientated manager who likes to steer our breeding activities and growing organisation in Turkey together with the other two Managing Directors?

Do you aspire to become a director of a leading vegetable seed company? If so, apply for this vacancy for Managing Director Breeding Operations at our office in Antalya/Turkey.

The vacancy Managing Director Breeding Operations at Rijk Zwaan Turkey

Our subsidiary Rijk Zwaan Turkey, is led by a board of three Managing Directors who are jointly responsible for the entire operation  and more than 100 employees in Turkey. Each Managing Director has however also his own attention fields in Breeding, Commerce or Finance, IT and Human Resources. The candidate we are looking for will be responsible for the organisation and functioning of the Turkish trial stations, the breeding teams, the crop maintenance team and the trialing team, in which in total around 65 people are working. In Rijk Zwaan breeding is an international activity and the Managing Director Breeding Operations is in close contact with the breeding managers and with breeding stations elsewhere in the world for the international co-ordination of breeding efforts. You will take care that the breeding trials are commercially relevant and results are well communicated with the commercial team. This requires an understanding of the Turkish vegetable seed market and close interactions with the commercial and product development teams of RZ Turkey.  As a manager you have an important people orientated role, managing the breeding team in several stations across Turkey. You will provide purpose, direction, and motivation for your team. Every year you will make a five year development plan, including sales targets, investments and cost development, together with your colleagues for Commerce and for Finance.

As Managing Director it is important to have a broad interest in all aspects of managing a company including fostering the Rijk Zwaan company culture, managing human and financial risks, legal compliance and the public image of the company.

We are seeking a person with:

  • A university education with good knowledge of horticulture
  • At least 10 years relevant experience
  • People oriented leadership skills
  • Positive thinking and attitude
  • Work experience in an international company
  • Fluency in English as well as Turkish

You are able to think and act independently, to be a team player, think in long-term processes, maintaining a good balance between the long-term goals and short term demands. You have an open personality, good communication skills, you are trustworthy and sensitive to good advice. We are seeking a good leader and organizer with an international outlook, someone with an active and practical approach, orientated towards persevering and problem solving.


Human Group is coordinating the search for candidates for this procedure. Ms. Gamze Aks├╝t is the contact person for this search. You can send your reaction to her via For more information, you can reach her via email.

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.
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.