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Managing Director Commerce Italy

Are you our new Managing Director with a commercial focus, who helps to expand our growing business in Italy?

 If so, apply for this vacancy for Managing Director at our location in Bologna.

The vacancy for Managing Director at Rijk Zwaan Italy

Italy has one of the biggest vegetable seed markets in Europe, where Rijk Zwaan is active with dedicated research programs in order to develop future varieties and an healthy business growth. Our subsidiary Rijk Zwaan Italy focuses mainly on product development, marketing and sales. In Italy we are a growing company, very active on the market and led by a board of three Managing Directors who are jointly responsible for the entire operation and 40 people working in Italy. Each Managing Director however has also his or her own attention fields in Marketing and Sales, R&D Operations (mainly product development) or Finance, IT and Human Resources. The Italian directors report to the RZ board based in The Netherlands.

The candidate we are looking for will be responsible for marketing & sales in the Italian market, as well as the logistical coordination, marketing communication, client services and warehouse. With support from the Rijk Zwaan head office and globally operating crop teams, you will develop business strategies and tactics to grasp the opportunities in the dynamic vegetable seed market in Italy and hence will ensure sustainable growth for the company. Every year you will make a five year development plan, including sales targets, investments and cost development, together with your colleagues responsible for R&D Operations and for Finance, IT and HR. An international role as global crop manager or client manager might be part of the position, depending on skills and requirements.

We are seeking a Managing Director with

  • An academic degree preferably in the area of (agricultural) business economics
  • More than 5 to 10 years managerial experience in an international environment
  • Good understanding of the agriculture industry and preferably also of horticulture
  • Strategic insights for commercial and company development
  • A people-oriented management style and high team work abilities, team player

Your daily work place is in Bologna and regularly travelling as well in the region as in Europe is part of the job.


Open Executive is coordinating the search for candidates for this procedure. Marco Alemagna is the contact person for this search. You can send your reaction to him via For more information, you can reach him via email or on +390248029441.

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 3,000 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.