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R&D Station Manager

Do you have good experience in farming? Are you a people oriented manager? Do you enjoy working in an international environment? Then you are the R&D Station Manager we are looking for at our breeding station in Shibayama, Chiba, Japan!

  • Japan, Chiba
  • Research & Breeding  | Horticulture
  • Bachelor

What does your job as R&D Station Manager at Rijk Zwaan look like?

As R&D Station Manager within the breeding station in Japan, you fulfill an essential role in managing farming operation of fruit and leafy crops at the breeding station in Shibayama. Additionally, you are responsible for:

  • leading by example, being a good role model for team members;
  • short, mid and long term crop planning of the station;
  • investment planning together with the managing director;
  • helping team members to acquire skill and knowledge of crop maintenance;
  • mediating internal and external communications;
  • international collaboration of station managers.

Your contribution:

You have good communication skill and enjoy working together. You communicate in Japanese to work with local team on daily basis. Moreover, you are a manager who cares about team members and other colleagues. You also enjoy changes and dynamics in an international environment. In addition, we can find the following in your resume:

  • a completed Bachelor's degree in the field of Agricultural Science;
  • at least 10 years of relevant work experience;
  • at least medium level of English fluency;
  • knowledge of and experience with cultivation of fruit crops and leafy crops, testing of new variety, working with international colleagues.

What can you expect from us?

As R&D Station Manager, you will be part of the subsidiary in Japan, Rijk Zwaan Breeding Japan K.K. in Shibayama.  

Rijk Zwaan Breeding Japan K.K. consists of 10 colleagues who work on breeding and demo trials of tomato and leafy crops. You will lead team of more than 10 full-time and part-time employees to execute daily crop maintenance. Besides international network of breeding station managers of Rijk Zwaan, we are happy to offer you:

  • a permanent contract from the start;
  • good salary based on job level and experience;
  • various training courses via Rijk Zwaan Academy;
  • a good work/life balance;
  • an entrepreneurial work environment with constantly new challenges;
  • discounted lunch.

Rijk Zwaan: your new employer?

Rijk Zwaan has been active in the Japanese vegetable industry for around 30 years, in partnership with an exclusive dealer Takada Seed Co., Ltd. Rijk Zwaan is an international family-owned 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 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 our business; worldwide availability of vegetable seeds for the growth of healthy products. The growth of our company, we are positioned rank 4th worldwide of all vegetable seeds companies. 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? You can address your application to Junji Kimbara per email at

As your application will be reviewed carefully by several colleagues, you will hear from us within two weeks. An assessment (and screening) will be part of the procedure.

  • Phone interview
  • 2 Face to face interviews
  • On-line assessment
  • Screening
  • Meeting on working conditions and company culture
  • Permanent contract from the start!
I’d like to receive your application
Junji Kimbara
Managing Director Japan