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R&D Farm Manager

Are you an experienced and passionate Japanese R&D Farm Manager?

Are you ambitious and eager to join a starting team within a dynamic international company? If you think you fit his profile, apply for this full-time vacancy based in Chiba, Japan.

The vacancy for a R&D Farm Manager

Rijk Zwaan has been active in the Japanese vegetable industry for around 25 years, in partnership with the Japanese seed company Takada and other Japanese breeding and commercial partners. Rijk Zwaan plans to establish a breeding trial station in Japan so that it can improve the adaptation of its varieties for Japanese growing conditions and market requirements. Commercial activities will continue with RZ’s long established commercial partners.

Within this role you are responsible for the set-up, organisation and functioning of the RZ Japan breeding trial station. You connect with contractors, builders and suppliers to make sure the station is established. You take care of the co-ordination and planning of breeding trials. You are in close contact with the Japanese commercial partners and RZ 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 Japanese commercial partners. This requires an understanding of the Japanese vegetable seed market and close interactions with the commercial and product development teams of Takada and other commercial partners.

Within this role, you are responsible for coordinating with various RZ international research-breeding teams to plant, grow and evaluate variety trials and ensure timely reporting. The R&D farm supports various commercial activities by organizing demonstration trials on the farm. You will lead the workers to perform various farm activities and work closely with external trial partners. You are responsible for managing the budget and for planning future staffing and investment.

We are seeking a R&D Farm Manager with:

  • A BSc degree or diploma in Agricultural science
  • At least 3 years relevant experience in soil and/or soil-less cultivation
  • Team leading ability
  • Good knowledge of vegetable crop management, pest control and fertilization strategy
  • Excellent communication skills

Furthermore you are committed to provide high service level, and to hold up the ethics of the company. You have strong analytical skills and you are pro-active in making suggestions for crop and trial improvement. You are a team player, able to take initiatives.


Apex is coordinating the search for candidates for this position. Japheth A. Worthy and Praditya Hargianto are the contact persons. You can send your reaction to or For more information you can reach them at +81 (0)3-5860-2742.   

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 over 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.