Managing Director R&D Spain

  • Spain, Almeria
  • Management
  • Master

Are you a people orientated manager who likes to lead our growing breeding organization in Spain? Do you aspire to become a director of a leading vegetable seed company? If so, apply for this vacancy for Managing Director R&D at our office in Almeria.

How does your job as Managing Director R&D at Rijk Zwaan Spain look like?

Our subsidiary Rijk Zwaan Spain is managed by a board of three directors, who are jointly responsible for the entire operation. Each managing director however has his own attention fields in R&D, Commercial Affairs or Finance, IT and Human Resources. We are looking for a candidate responsible for leading and supporting our Spanish breeding teams, laboratory teams and crop maintenance teams. The whole R&D group consists of around 150 people. In Rijk Zwaan, breeding is an international activity and the managing director R&D is in close contact with the international breeding managers and with breeding stations elsewhere in the world for the international co-ordination of breeding efforts. You will take care that breeding is well facilitated and that results are well communicated with the commercial teams of the markets for which the Spanish teams work. This requires a good understanding of those vegetable seed markets and a close interaction with commercial and product development teams. As a manager you have an important people orientated role, managing and facilitating the R&D teams in our stations in Spain. You will provide purpose, direction and motivation for your teams. Every year, together with the two other managing directors, you prepare a five-year development plan, including sales targets, investments, personnel growth and cost development.

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 company culture, managing human and financial risks, legal compliance and the public image of the company. You are able to think and act independently, to be a team player, think in long-term processes, maintaining a good balance between the long-term goals and short-term demands. You have an open personality, good communication skills, you are trustworthy and open to receive feedback. We are seeking a good leader and organizer with an international outlook, someone with an active and practical approach, orientated towards persevering and problem solving. In addition, we can find the following on your resume:

  • A university education with good knowledge of horticulture and plant breeding
  • At least 10 years relevant management experience
  • People oriented leadership skills
  • Global mindset
  • Positive thinking and attitude
  • Fluency in English and Spanish

What can you expect from us?

As Managing Director R&D Spain you will be responsible for the R&D group. This group consists of 150 colleagues  who work on healthy new vegetable varieties. Besides a growing international work environment, we are happy to offer you:

  • A permanent contract from the start
  • Market-based salary
  • Various training opportunities through our Rijk Zwaan Academy and specific management training
  • An entrepreneurial / innovative work environment with constantly new challenges

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 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? IRC is coordinating the search for candidates for this procedure. Patrick Westerburger is the contact people for this search. You can send your reaction to  For more information, you can reach Patrick via email.

An assessment and screening will be part of the procedure.

Your application process

IRC will consider your application carefully

Two face to face interviews


Terms of employment interview


Permanent contract from the start!

I’d like to receive your application

Patrick Westerburger

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