Vacancy Patent Formalities Specialist

  • Netherlands, De Lier
  • Legal
  • Bachelor  | Intermediate

Do you want to be part of a team that is jointly responsible for the patent portfolio of Rijk Zwaan? And do you gain energy from structuring and coordinating processes? Then you must be the Patent Formalities Specialist that we are looking for!

What does your job as Patent Formalities Specialist at Rijk Zwaan look like?

As a Patent Formalities Specialist in the Business Support R&D department, you and a colleague will be responsible for the management and administrative support of the Rijk Zwaan patent portfolio. You manage and coordinate patent applications via workflows in our database. In this way you ensure that the Patent Specialists receive administrative support in the formal procedures for obtaining patents. You maintain an overview of the various steps to be taken and monitor the deadlines. In addition, you are occupied with

  • Corresponding with (foreign) agents and patent offices
  • Optimising the set-up of processes within the department and the layout of the database
  • Shipping protocols of vegetable seeds for patent registration and the execution thereof

Your contribution:

You are structured and precise. You are familiar with software systems, can oversee processes and keep an overview. You are social and can easily connect with others. In addition, we can find the following on your CV:

  • HBO working and intellectual level
  • You have completed the Certified Formalities Officers course or are willing to follow it
  • Affinity with legal processes
  • Good command of the English language

What can you expect from us?

As a Patent Formalities Specialist, you will be part of the Business Support R&D department. The department consists of 16 colleagues who, among other things, are responsible for the worldwide patent portfolio of Rijk Zwaan. In addition to a challenging and international working environment, we are pleased to offer you

  • An immediate permanent contract for a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 38 hours per week
  • A good salary based on job level and experience
  • Various training opportunities via our Rijk Zwaan Academy 
  • Good balance between work and private life
  • The possibility to participate in Rijk Zwaan Fit like running groups

Rijk Zwaan: your new employer?

In De Lier, nearby Delft, you can find 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.
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.


Do you recognize yourself and would you like to start working as soon as possible? Click on 'Apply' to apply immediately. You can address your application to Ellen de Ruiter (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.
Would you like to know more about this position? Then please contact Kevin van den Hof (Manager Business Support Research & Development) on +31 174 53 22 24.

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

Ellen de Ruiter

Advisor Human Resources

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.