Vacancy Ambitious Global Seed Production Specialist

  • Netherlands, De Lier
  • Horticulture  | Production & Logistics
  • PhD  | Master

Interested in being responsible for managing the global propagation of seeds of various vegetable crops? Then you are the Global Seed Production Specialist we are looking for in our team in De Lier.

What does your job as Ambitious Global Seed Production Specialist at Rijk Zwaan look like?

Within this role, you will be responsible for directing the production of seeds of various vegetable crops.
All over the world, vegetable seeds are produced for Rijk Zwaan. The production department takes care of the process from planning to receiving these seed batches. All with the intention of achieving the highest possible quality at a good cost price. The department has many contacts with various departments and subsidiaries in the company and with producers national and international. Following production orders, you plan, organize and supervise the various seed productions at both national and international locations. Remotely and via regular trips abroad, you stay informed about the ins and outs of the crops. If necessary, you make adjustments by providing the producers with (technical) advice. You report and register all your findings in detail so that you can carry out quality and business analyses during and after the productions. You maintain good and regular contact with the (foreign) producers about the contract conditions, progress and quality of the productions. In addition, you will be responsible for:

  • Evaluating production crops and making multi-year plans for production locations
  • Researching opportunities for crop optimalisation
  • Discuss and implement improvement measures

Your Contribution:

You are enterprising and enjoy working independently. You have good analytical skills, are an expert in sharp analyses and can approach issues from different angles. Furthermore, you work in a structured way and you have excellent communication skills. You are enthusiastic and driven to continuously improve our seed productions. You are persuasive and know how to get things done, without losing sight of the relationship. You are willing to travel abroad regularly (+- 10 travel weeks per year). In addition we can find the following on your CV:

  • A master degree in an agriculture direction, such as Garden & Arable Farming or Plant Sciences / Agronomy
  • You have experience with or interest in vegetable production
  • Good command of the English language, both verbally and in writing

What can you expect from us?

As a Global Seed Production Specialist, you will join the Fruit Crops production team. This team consists of around 25 specialists responsible for seed production. Besides an international and dynamic working environment where you will contribute to the world's food supply, we are happy to offer you:

  • A permanent contract from the start
  • Market-based salary based on job level and experience
  • Various training opportunities through our Rijk Zwaan Academy
  • An extensive introduction program
  • Foreign trips for your position

Want to know more about our conditions of benefits? Check out our terms of employment page.

Rijk Zwaan: your new employer?

In De Lier, nearby Delft, is the headquarters of Rijk Zwaan. 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 to growers and other chain partners. From our strategic position, we contribute to the world food supply. Everything we do is about healthy growth. The growth of natural and healthy products that we export around the world. The growth of our company and above all the growth of our people: we give you every opportunity to use your own initiative and achieve your full potential.


Do you recognize yourself and would you like to start as soon as possible? Click on 'Apply now' to apply directly. You can address your application to Pieter Joosse (Advisor Human Resources). As your application will be reviewed carefully by several colleagues, you will hear from us within two weeks. An assessment will be part of the procedure.

Your application process

Phone interview

Two face to face interviews

Terms of employment interview


A permanent contract from the start!

I’d like to receive your application

Pieter Joosse

Advisor Human Resources

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One worldwide family

Het primaire doel van Rijk Zwaan is medewerkers een prettige en duurzame baan bieden met goede arbeidsvoorwaarden. De werksfeer is motiverend en informeel. Onze collega’s werken graag samen en zijn ondernemend, loyaal, gemotiveerd en betrokken. In deze film maak je kennis met een aantal collega's. Van Nederland tot China en van Rusland tot Tanzania, iedereen kan zichzelf zijn en heeft hetzelfde gevoel: 'Wij zijn Rijk Zwaan'.

Building on a sustainable future together

Rijk Zwaan focuses on continuity in the long term. Sustainability has therefore been in our genes for decades. This theme is increasing attention worldwide and offers us more opportunities to work together on healthy vegetables.