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Managing Director Commerce Russia

Are you our people-oriented Managing Director with a commercial focus, who helps to expand our growing business in Russia? If so, apply for this vacancy for Managing Director at our location in Moscow.

The vacancy for Managing Director at Rijk Zwaan Russia

Russia has a fast-growing vegetable seed market where Rijk Zwaan is active with dedicated research programs in order to develop future varieties and an healthy business growth. Our subsidiary Rijk Zwaan Russia focuses mainly on product development, marketing and sales. In Russia we are a growing company, very active on the market and led by a board of two Managing Directors who are jointly responsible for the entire operation and 40 people working in Russia. Each Managing Director however has also his or her own attention fields. As a team, you will guide our subsidiary in sales activities, business development, chain activities and R&D operations. The other directors will focus on financial, legal and administrative issues as well as HR activities and ICT. Together you report to the RZ board based in The Netherlands.

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 Russia 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, in accordance with the second Managing Director.

We are seeking a Managing Director with

  • An academic degree preferably in the area of (agricultural) business economics
  • More than 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 teamwork abilities

Due to the international environment a good command of the English language is a requirement. Furthermore, you are willing to travel countrywide and internationally on a regular basis.


IRC Russia is coordinating the search for candidates for this procedure. Ms. Elena Potekhina is the contact person for this search. You can send your reaction to her via

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.