Vacancy IT Project Manager Research

  • Netherlands, Fijnaart
  • IT  | Projectmanagement
  • Master

Are you familiar with biotechnology research and able to improve IT processes together with the research departments and a team of IT specialists? If so, you are the IT Project Manager Research we are looking for!

What does your role as IT Project Manager Research look like?

Rijk Zwaan develops and sells new vegetable varieties worldwide. In order to develop the best vegetable varieties, Rijk Zwaan has high-tech research departments. A large team of IT specialists supports the Biotechnology, Phytopathology, and Seed Technology research departments by developing in-house software or implementing off the shelf applications and hardware.
As an IT Project Manager Research, you translate the IT-related questions of R&D colleagues and organize the  development/implementation. You initiate and coordinate projects in which we improve or replace our services. In a team of developers and other IT specialist, you are the link to various researchers and facilitate the conversion of (genomics) data streams into information used in the development of new vegetable varieties.
As an IT Project Manager Research, you will be responsible for:

  • Managing the Research IT project portfolio
  • Guiding new project requests from research, helping to shape project plans, and defining milestones and deliverables, together with stakeholders from the research departments
  • Planning and coordinating projects in which software solutions and technology improve research processes
  • Continuously improving our development and implementation processes and coordinating with researchers
  • Coordinating support and lifecycle management of IT services
  • Determining/designing a future-proof IT architecture
  • Advising on the applicability of commercial hardware and software

What you bring:

You can connect process, people, and technology. You are a strong communicator, a good listener and can easily switch between a diverse range  of colleagues and their different areas of expertise and backgrounds. In addition, we can find the following on your resume:  

  • University degree in the field of IT, Data Science, or Life Sciences
  • Knowledge of and affinity for implementing IT systems for operational research processes or research projects
  • Skills in leading projects and facilitating multidisciplinary collaborations
  • A catalyst for innovation and the ability to roll out new technology

What can you expect from us?

As an IT Project Advisor Research, you will be part of the IMS R&D team. The team consists of 17 specialists who support the various R&D departments (breeding, laboratories, bioinformatics, and quantitative genetics) in developing their software and systems. In addition to an ambitious international work environment in which you can work on the latest innovations, we offer you:

  • A permanent contract for a minimum of 32 hours and a maximum of 38 hours per week
  • A good salary depending on your experience and education
  • Good secondary employment conditions, such as holiday allowance and a pension plan
  • Plenty of opportunities for personal and professional development, including training and courses
  • An informal and open working atmosphere, with short lines of communication and a team of committed colleagues

Rijk Zwaan: your new employer?

In Fijnaart, West-Brabant, you can find a Research & Development location 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.
From our strategic position we contribute to the world food supply. Everything we do is about growth. The growth of natural 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.


You can address your application to Jeanet van Someren (Advisor Human Resources). Click on 'Apply' to apply directly.
We will consider your application carefully, which may take some time. You will hear from us within two weeks. Do you want to know more about this position, please contact Jan Willem Kruize via  or

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

Jeanet van Someren

Advisor Human Resources

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