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Product Development Specialist in South Korea

In this role you are a member of the East Asian Sales team of a large global vegetable breeding company. Based in South Korea, you maintain the existing market share and develop new opportunities for key growers and traders in the South Korean market.

  • South Korea, Nationwide
  • Marketing & Sales  | Horticulture
  • Master  | Bachelor

Your job in Rijk Zwaan.

Rijk Zwaan is committed to develop the vegetable seed market and promote Rijk Zwaan varieties to growers, wholesalers, and retailers in South Korea. We believe in getting the best possible varieties to growers and helping them to get the best yield and quality, while keeping in mind the requirements of the end-users.

Within this role you develop strong relationships with the decision makers in the growing areas you support to develop our market share and identify opportunities for partnership and growth. You give agronomic and cultivation advice to growers on the main crops, such as lettuce, sweet pepper, tomatoes, melon, spinach, and other vegetable crops. You maintain effective communication in line and cooperation with the distributors. You introduce new varieties to the market by organizing commercial trials. You are responsible for the trial set up, data collection and information sharing with the team.

Furthermore, your activities include:

  • determining and implementing a sales forecast in collaboration with the Area Manager;
  • sharing information with the other Rijk Zwaan Product Development Specialists and Account Managers in Asia;
  • collecting market information (market analysis, value chain, customers, competitors, influencers, trends & developments, price levels, and product forms);
  • working with digital platforms.

Where will you be working?

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.

The Product Development Specialist is a member of Rijk Zwaan South Korea. Now the team consists of 2 colleagues. We offer innovative genetics and concepts, and we are proud to share our global technical and marketing expertise with the South Korean market. While indoor farming in South Korea is developing rapidly, we believe that Rijk Zwaan will add more value to growers and the entire value chain.

Seokjoo Lee, Product Development Specialist

“Rijk Zwaan Team in South Korea is glad to invite you to work with us. Join us to enjoy freedom in your daily work, to realize your personal, professional targets and to build your global network.”

Your contribution:

You are committed to provide a high service level to our customers and to maintain the ethics of the company. You have strong relational and analytical skills, and you are pro-active in making suggestions for crop improvement. You take initiative easily and you have a commercial and client-focused approach. You are strongly intrinsically motivated, and you like to work in a pragmatic and enthusiastic way. You have effective communication skills, and you keep track of the latest developments in the horticultural industry. You are team-player and enjoy working in a team.

You are based in south of South Korea (Jeonbuk, Jeonnam, Kyungnam) and you are willing to travel locally and abroad (approx. 40% of the time). Also, a driver license is crucial. You are an independent self-starter. You are fluent in Korean and have intermediate level of English.

In addition, we find it important that you have the following on your resume:

  • a bachelor's degree in agriculture science;
  • at least 5 years’ relevant experience;
  • knowledge about high-tech production and client portfolio.

What can you expect from us?

As Product Development Specialist you will be part of the Rijk Zwaan team in South Korea and Asia. This team develops an integrated crop and client strategy for the region and is well connected with relevant specialists in the global Rijk Zwaan organization. We are actively breeding new vegetable varieties for Asia, particularly focusing on the protected crops and hydroponic markets. New varieties from the Rijk Zwaan breeding programs are distributed in South Korea through our well-established commercial partners.

Besides an international and dynamic work environment, we are happy to offer you:

  • a permanent contract from the start;
  • competitive salary based on job level and experience;
  • various training opportunities through our Rijk Zwaan Academy;
  • to become a member of our motivated, experienced, and collegial Asian team.


Contribute with us to the vegetables of tomorrow as Product Development Specialist in South Korea!

You can address your resume and motivational letter to Madelon Vos (Advisor Human Resources) by clicking on “Apply” button.

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.

  • Phone interview
  • Two face to face interviews
  • Terms of employment interview
  • Assessment
  • A permanent contract from the start!
I’d like to receive your application
Madelon Vos
Advisor Human Resources