Enkhuizen, The Netherlands (Fulltime)

(Senior) Breeder Pepper


Create and maintain breeding programs

We are looking for a result driven, creative (Senior) Breeder with excellent analytical, communication and managing skills, You'll be responsible for the development of new varieties.

What are you going to do?

As (Senior) Breeder in our Pepper Department, you will be responsible for the development of new varieties. You create and maintain several breeding programs that will be managed under your direction. To this purpose you create a long term vision based on the latest market developments.

You work within an international operating breeding team, which means that you frequently have contact with your colleagues abroad. This includes regular global travelling.

You will report to the Crop Research Manager Pepper.

Your power

To make this job a success you are a strong personality with excellent analytical and communication skills. You are an enthusiastic and creative entrepreneur with managing skills. You are on top of the latest market developments and able to translate these to your breeding program. You are familiar with novel molecular breeding technologies and you are able to implement these in your breeding programs. You also have affinity with ICT applications. Additionally, you are not afraid to make decisions and you function well in an international team. Mastering Spanish is a plus, but not a must.

In short, you:

  • have a MSc or PhD level (for example in plant breeding);
  • have preferably at least 2 years of experience in plant breeding in a commercial environment.

Our power

Enza Zaden is a vegetable breeding company that develops vegetable varieties. We produce and sell the seeds of these varieties all over the world. Both for conventional and organic growers.

Our goal is to grant people access to healthy vegetables. Anywhere in the world. Every day, more than 460 million people worldwide eat our vegetables. So, we are getting there ... but there is still enough work to be done! Of course, we look further than present needs. In 2050, when there will be about 10 billion inhabitants on our planet, we also want to make sure that people have access to healthy vegetables.

To achieve this, our vegetable breeders work with the best that nature offers. Supported by state-of-the-art technologies to speed up our breeding process. And that is really necessary, because currently the development of a new vegetable variety takes at least 6 years. We focus on higher yield, resistance to diseases and pests and climate extremes such as heat and drought. And on taste, shelf life and nutrients. The results? Strong, healthy tasty and climate-proof vegetable varieties with higher yield per square meter and less need of crop protection products or fertilizer. In short, sustainability is truly in our DNA.

Our head office in Enkhuizen is our home base, but we have colleagues all over the world. Enza Zaden is an independent family business, where around 2000 employees from more than 40 nationalities closely work together in international teams.


Please, send your application to our HR department, via the button below. More information:

  • Annemarie Weening, Recruiter, 0228 784 627