Vacancy Commercial Managing Director

  • United Kingdom, Pocklington
  • Management  | Marketing & Sales
  • Master

Are you a people-oriented manager with a commercial focus, who will lead our growing business in the UK? Do you aspire to become a director of a leading vegetable seed company? If so, apply for the vacancy for Managing Director UK.

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What does the job of Commercial Managing Director at Rijk Zwaan UK look like?

Rijk Zwaan UK is responsible for all our commercial activities within the UK. Our subsidiary in the UK focuses on product development, marketing and sales. We are a growing company who are very active in the market. The UK team is led by two Managing Directors with a team of 12, working from both our office in Pocklington, near York, and remotely throughout the UK.
Though having joint responsibilities, each Managing Director also has their own areas of focus, one being commercial activities and the other concentrating on finance, legal, ICT and HR. The candidate we are looking for will be focusing on the commercial side of Rijk Zwaan UK and include business development and chain activities.
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 and hot crop seed to ensure sustainable growth for the company. Every year you will make a five year development plan, including sales targets, investments and cost development, in close collaboration with the other  Managing Director. Rijk Zwaan UK is part of the North Sea Cluster, which consists of the commercial subsidiaries in the Netherlands, UK and Belgium. The team of Managing Directors reports to the Business Managers, who are located in The Netherlands.

Your contribution:

As Managing Director we expect you to have a broad interest in all aspects of managing a company including fostering the Rijk Zwaan people oriented company culture, managing financial risks and legal compliance. The main focus in this role is motivating your team in servicing the growers, processors, category managers and retailers in the market. You should  have strong people management skills and the ability to build bridges between people and companies. We are seeking an inspirational leader and organizer with an international outlook, someone who is both people and business oriented.
In addition, we require the following:

  • An academic degree preferably in the area of (agricultural) business economics
  • Around 10 years managerial experience  
  • Good understanding of agriculture, within the seed industry would be a bonus
  • A people-oriented management style
  • A real team player

What can you expect from us?

As Commercial Managing Director you will be directly responsible for the sales team. Besides a growing international work environment, we are happy to offer you:

  • A competitive market-based salary and good additional benefits
  • Excellent training opportunities through our Rijk Zwaan Academy and specific management training courses.
  • An entrepreneurial / innovative and stimulating work environment

Rijk Zwaan: your new employer?

Rijk Zwaan is an international family-owned 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? You can click on 'apply now' and send your reaction to Madelon Vos (Advisor Human Resources).
An assessment and screening 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!

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Madelon Vos

Advisor Human Resources

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