Managing Director Breeding

Rijk Zwaan Tanzania is looking for a Managing Director Breeding to help to manage and expand its growing breeding activities in Tanzania.

The two Rijk Zwaan subsidiaries in Tanzania are led by a board of four Managing Directors who are jointly responsible for the entire operation in Tanzania. The two subsidiaries, Q-Sem and Afrisem, consist of a total of 320 employees. Each Managing Director has his own field of attention in Breeding, Sales, Production or Finance/HR. The candidate we are looking for will be focusing on the Breeding activities of our subsidiary Afrisem.

Within this role you are responsible for the organization and functioning of the Afrisem activities. Within Afrisem we develop new varieties for tropical Africa. As a Managing Director Breeding you will lead the breeding and the crop management teams. You will take care that the breeding trials are commercially relevant and results are well communicated with the commercial team. This requires an understanding of the African vegetable seed market and close interactions with the commercial and product development teams of Africa.

As a Managing Director Breeding you have an important people oriented role while managing the breeding team and the Afrisem breeding station. You will provide purpose, direction, and motivation for your team. The Managing Director Breeding will develop a network with the relevant Tanzanian and African research institutes and universities and will be the key contact with government agencies on breeding issues. As a Managing Director Breeding it is important to have a broad interest in all aspects of managing a company including fostering the Rijk Zwaan company culture and the public image of the company. We are seeking a person with:

  • An academic degree in the field of breeding, horticulture, plant physiology and plant pathology
  • At least 10 years relevant experience
  • People oriented leadership skills
  • Positive thinking and attitude

You are fluent in English. Knowledge of Swahili, and/or Dutch is an advantage. Occasional travelling will be required.

You are able to think and act independently, you are a team player and you think in long-term processes. In addition, you are able to maintain a good balance between the long-term goals and short term demands. You have an open personality, good communication skills and you are trustworthy and sensitive to good advice. You are a good leader and organizer with an international outlook. You have an active and practical approach and are orientated towards persevering and solving problems.

Interested? You can address your application to Madelon Vos (Advisor Human Resources)

It takes time to evaluate your application carefully. We will respond as soon as possible.

Rijk Zwaan: your new employer? Rijk Zwaan is an international family company with a people-oriented culture. We develop vegetable varieties and sell the seed of those varieties to growers all around the world. We have a long-term focus, which is why we offer our employees a permanent contract as soon as they join us. From our strategic position we contribute to the health and well-being of people all over the world. Everything we do is about growth. The growth of natural products that we export around the world. The growth of our company, which currently employs over 2,600 people in more than 30 countries. In Tanzania we have over 300 employees of which 79 are stationed a Afrisem. And above all the growth of our people: we give you every opportunity to use your own initiative and achieve your full potential. Working with colleagues to produce the healthiest and best-tasting vegetables for our customers, reinforcing, helping and inspiring each other – this is how we want to continuously work together towards a healthy future.

managing director
Afrisem (Tanzania)