Breeding trial specialist

Breeding trial specialist

At Royal Van Zanten, our people and our shared passion make us unique. Our goal is to pass on the passion we share for our flowers and plants and for growing our business.

The Research and Development department of Royal Van Zanten is looking for a motivated colleague for the full-time position of a

Breeding trial specialist

An enthusiastic, data-driven trial specialist

your responsibilities
As a Breeder Trials Specialist, you will manage our crop trial activities, working closely with our breeders to drive excellence in our trials. You will be responsible for the successful delivery of high quality essays and the implementation of essay designs.

You will be responsible for adequate data collection and analysis that will enable data-driven variety advancement decisions, in collaboration with the breeding department and product management. You will be one of the technical experts to help promote varieties in the development stages before proceeding to commercial introduction.

You will organize internal and external selection trials with producers and our station managers according to our trial protocols. You will provide quality data to support data-driven variety advancement decisions. You will collect the data in the greenhouse/field or from the employees, so you will ask the test technicians to ensure good quality of the tests and data. Good consolidation of trial data followed by clear recommendations for varietal advancement decisions are key points in your role. The position will be based in the Netherlands.

You are unique
We are looking for a colleague who shares our passion for flowers and plants. You work well in multidisciplinary teams and work well independently. You are proactive and work well with international colleagues in research, sales and operations. You are motivated and able to develop and contribute to a high performing team.

You are enthusiastic with an entrepreneurial spirit and strong motivation. You see new opportunities and bring the mindset needed to help us make data-driven decisions.

Your strong analytical and organizational skills enable you to successfully deliver high quality trials and good data to make data-driven variety advancement decisions.

You are familiar with new horticultural technologies, data collection tools and know how to implement them in the trial process.

You have experience with relevant computer applications.

We are looking for candidates who

  • Have a bachelor of science degree in horticulture or agriculture.
  • Have experience in plant variety testing (preferably in vegetable and/or ornamental crops) and in experimental design, data analysis and evaluations.
  • As we are an international company, you are fluent in Dutch and English.
  • Are willing to travel in the Netherlands (frequently) and abroad (about 5-10 times a year).

Royal Van Zanten has a lot to offer

We offer you a career and an opportunity to continue to develop your work and yourself. Our strategy is to invest in the continuous development of our people, products, processes and overall quality.

We are ambitious and we hope you are too. We offer a competitive salary, excellent secondary conditions and, above all, a team of passionate colleagues who will make every day of work with Royal Van Zanten a pleasure and an adventure.

We offer you the opportunity to work internationally. Your home base will be in the Netherlands, but traveling – both within the Netherlands and abroad – will be part of your job.

Our benefits package is generous and includes holiday pay, travel allowance, bonus system and also supplementary pension with BPL, 25 and a half days leave per year, bicycle plan, company physiotherapy , group health insurance, etc.

Are you enthusiastic? We would like to hear from you. You can send us your application to [email protected] If you have any questions about the position, please contact Joost Kos (Director Breeding & Development) at [email protected] or +31 6 51989693

About Royal Van Zanten
Royal Van Zanten is an international leader in the breeding and propagation of cut flowers (Alstroemeria, Statice, Chrysanthemum and Bouvardia) and pot plants (Aster, Alstroemeria, Celocia, Chrysanthemum and Multiflora). We have set ourselves the goal of conveying the passion that has defined our organization since its founding in 1862. Our shared passion is one of the 5 values ​​that define our culture: Passion, Quality, Better Every Day, Ambition and Royal. This last value was inspired by the royal honors bestowed on our company in 1901. Today, the value represents the customer focus and the respect we have for the people around us. Royal Van Zanten has over 1200 employees working from our head office in the Netherlands and our international breeding and production sites in Uganda, South Africa and Colombia.