EMEA Crop Coordinator Pepper & Eggplant

  • Italy, Bologna
  • Marketing & Sales  | Horticulture
  • Bachelor

Do you want to play an important role in the portfolio management and product development strategy for pepper and eggplant crops in the EMEA area? Do you have experience with sales in a horticulture environment? Apply for this vacancy based in Italy!

How does your job as EMEA Crop Coordinator Pepper & Eggplant at Rijk Zwaan Italy look like?

As Crop Coordinator you bring together all market and product information. You are the linking pin between the international and local pepper and eggplant market, our breeding programme and our Strategic Crop Team. You work in close collaboration with colleagues in the EMEA area and you play an important role in the portfolio management and our product development strategy. In summary, you are responsible for:

  • The commercial introduction- and trial plan per market segment in the Mediterranean area, including the sales objectives and forecasts of commercial and pre-commercial varieties
  • Actively obtaining market and product information – together with a strong network of crop specialists – that contributes to the commercial and breeding policies
  • Identifying opportunities that can lead to new product development activities
  • Advising the Strategic Crop Team on current activities and future strategies
  • Contributing to client management activities such as consulting and establishing a market vision with the customer
  • Leading special local projects that deliver value through the whole value chain in which you are the link to the crop and local organization

Your contribution:

You are a real team worker, a strong communicator, and have lots of initiative and enthusiasm. Your effective interpersonal skills make you succeed in gaining other people's support. We are seeking a proactive collaborator who likes getting out and about. You have sharp analytical skills and enjoy taking a pragmatic approach to tackling challenges. Moreover, you have a commercial mindset and are market-oriented. Frequent business trips (10-15 weeks per year) are not a problem to you and, needless to say, you are fluent in English and Italian (other foreign languages are an advantage). In addition, we can find the following on your resume:

  • A completed Bachelor degree in the field of Agriculture, for example Horticulture or Biology
  • At least 10 years’ relevant work experience in sales, horticulture and product management
  • Knowledge of and experience with vegetable production and pepper/eggplant crops

What can you expect from us?

As EMEA Crop Coordinator Pepper & Eggplant you are stationed in Italy and you will mainly work with colleagues from different departments in the Mediterranean area. Besides an enjoyable job in a dynamic international work environment in which you are given freedom to take initiative and work on your own development, we are happy to offer you:

  • A permanent contract from the start
  • Market-based salary based on job level and experience
  • An extensive onboarding programme
  • Various training courses and opportunities through our own Rijk Zwaan Academy

A valuable and impactful work in a stimulating and international environment

Rijk Zwaan: your new employer?

Rijk Zwaan Italy is based in Bologna, with about 50 people working all over Italy and a number of trial stations in different parts of Italy. The marketing team currently consists of 6 crop specialist and 2 crop co-ordinators.

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, 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.


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 risorse.umane@rijkzwaan.it under the reference CCPE21. Remember to specify the authorization to the processing of personal data (Legislative Decree 196/2008  and art. 13 GDPR 679/16). The recruitment is open to male and female (L.903 / 77). 

As your application will be reviewed carefully by several colleagues, you will hear from us within three weeks.

An assessment will be part of the procedure.

Your application process

Send your application via e-mail

We will consider your application carefully

Three interviews, if possible face to face

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Alessandra Brini

Managing Director Italy

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