Careers in the Netherlands

Phytosanitary Specialist

Do you like to support our breeding teams and commercial team in Brasil? And do you want to work together on phytosanitary projects? If so, apply for this full-time vacancy for Phytosanitary Specialist in Holambra (São Paulo State).
Pathogens and pests are of concern to growers all over the world. As much as we want specific pathogens or pests in our resistance screens, we want to keep them out of our breeding stations. Resistance screens are mainly carried out and being developed by our phytopathology department. For our activities in Brazil, we are searching for a phytosanitary specialist to support the local and international activities. Within this role you are responsible for creating and implementing hygiene protocols for the breeding locations. You will translate these protocols into practical work instructions.
All activities will be in close collaboration with our central quality, breeding and phytopathology departments, mainly situated in the Netherlands. In addition to these main activities, part of your time will be dedicated to:
  • Support the commercial team in diagnostics of diseases.
  • Support the breeding programs and take the lead in disease and pest evaluation in breeding and specific screening trials.
  • Establish close contacts with institutes and universities with relevant knowledge and research on phytopathology, in order to get a good overview of the main disease problems in Brazil.
The Phytosanitary Specialist reports to the Managing Director Brazil.
We are seeking a Phytosanitary Specialist with:
- A bachelor degree in agronomy with a specialization in quality assurance or phytopathology
- Experience with implementation of hygiene protocols in a pragmatic way
- At least 2 years’ relevant experience
Because of a strong centralized setup of our research department, good communication skills is a prerequisite for this function. We are looking for a local expert who is not afraid to make use of existing in-company expertise and processes.
Besides an academic level, we are looking for a very practical candidate who is not afraid of dirty hands and feet in the field.
Because of the close contact with the departments in Holland, an good command of the English language is required. For this position frequent travelling in Brazil is required.
You can address your application to Svenja van Lunszen (Advisor Human Resources). Simply click on ‘Apply’ at the bottom of this page to apply directly. If this is not possible, please send your application to
We will consider your application carefully, which may take some time. You will hear from us as soon as possible.
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 around 2,800 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.

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