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Managing Director Breeding Operations Hungary

Do you want to be responsible for leading the activities of the Trial station and R&D team of Rijk Zwaan Budapest?

Have you got a strong network in the horticultural industry? Are you a people-oriented manager with a passion for innovation? Do you aspire to become a director of a leading vegetable seed company? If so, apply for this full-time vacancy for Managing Director Breeding Operations in Rijk Zwaan Budapest.

The vacancy Managing Director Breeding Operations at Rijk Zwaan Budapest

Rijk Zwaan Budapest will be led by a collegiate board of two directors; one who focuses on commercial issues and the other on the R&D operations, HR and controlling. Together they are responsible for managing the company in Hungary, which is a subsidiary of Rijk Zwaan. Our activities focus on research, breeding, trials/and commerce, and we currently employ around 30 people in Hungary. The Hungarian directors report to the Business Manager based in The Netherlands.

You are responsible for the organisation and functioning of the Felgyo trial station and the co-ordination of the planning of breeding trials. The Managing Director is in close contact with the breeding departments and breeding stations elsewhere in the world, where relevant breeding projects are carried out. 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 Central European vegetable seed market and close interactions with the commercial and product development teams of RZ Budapest and other Rijk Zwaan subsidiaries in Central Europe. You will network with the relevant research institutes and universities and will be the key contact with government agencies. Besides you will also have an important role on monitoring and controlling all financial and administrative issues. You will manage HR activities, like recruitment of new employees, developing people and reviewing HR procedures. Legal activities and ICT are also part of the job. You have an important people-orientated role in assuring a well-functioning team.

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 knowledge of horticulture
  • At least 10 years relevant experience
  • People oriented leadership skills
  • Positive thinking and attitude

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.


IRC Hungary is coordinating the search for candidates for this procedure. Ms. Barbara Vincze is the contact person for this search. You can send your reaction to her via For more information, you can reach her via email or on +36205692521.

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.