Breeding Trial Specialist

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

The Research and Development department of Royal Van Zanten seeks a motivated colleague for the fulltime position of a

Breeding Trial Specialist
An enthusiastic and ‘data driven’ trial specialist


Your responsibilities

As our Breeding Trial Specialist you will manage the trialing activities for our crops, in close collaboration with our breeders to drive excellence in our trialing. You will be responsible for a successful delivery of high quality trials and the implementation of trial designs.

You will be accountable for an adequate data collection and data analysis that will enable data-based variety advancement decisions, in conjunction with the Breeding department and Product Management. You will be one of or technical experts to contribute to the variety promotion in the development stages before we proceed to commercial introduction.

You will organize internal- and external breeding trials with growers and our station managers according our trial protocols. You will deliver quality data to support data-based variety advancement decisions. You will collect the data in greenhouse/ field or from employees, wherefore you will instruct trialing technicians to secure good trial and data quality. A good trial data consolidation followed by clear recommendations for variety advancement decisions are key points in your role. The role will based in The Netherlands.


You are unique

We are looking for a colleague that shares our passion for flowers and plants. You function 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 successful team.

You are enthusiastic with an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong motivation. You see new opportunities and bring the mindset to help driving our data-based decision making.

Your strong analytical and organizing skills enable you to successfully deliver high quality trials and good data to drive data-based variety advancement decisions.

You are familiar with novel horticultural technologies, data collection tools and know how to implement these in the trialing process.

You have experience with the relevant IT applications.


We are looking for candidates who

  • Have a BSc degree in Horticulture or Agriculture.
  • Have experience in plant variety trialing (preferably in vegetables and/or ornamental crops) and in experimental design, data analysis and assessments.
  • As we are an international company, you speak fluent Dutch and English.
  • Are willing to travel in the Netherlands (frequently) and internationally (about 5-10 times per year).


Royal Van Zanten has a lot to offer  

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

We are ambitious, and we hope that you are too. We offer a competitive salary, great secondary conditions and – most importantly – a passionate team of colleagues that will make every day of working 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 in the Netherlands and internationally – will be part of your job.

Our employee benefits package is generous and includes a holiday pay, travel allowance, a bonus scheme and also a supplementary pension with BPL, 25½  days of leave per year, a bicycle plan, company physiotherapy, collective health insurance and more.

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


About Royal Van Zanten

Royal Van Zanten is an international leader in breeding and propagation of cut flowers (Alstroemeria, Statice, Chrysanthemum and Bouvardia) and pot plants (Aster, Alstroemeria, Celocia, Chrysanthemum and Multiflora). We have made it our purpose to pass on the passion that has defined our organisation since its foundation 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 honours that were accorded to our company in 1901. Today, the value stands for customer focus and the respect that we have for the people around us. Royal Van Zanten has over 1200 emploiyees that work from our home base in the Netherlands and in our international breeding and production locations in Uganda, South Africa and Colombia.

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Working at Royal Van Zanten

“At our lab in Rijsenhout I work with a team of researchers on improving varieties by means of quality controls, new germination techniques and DNA research.”

Wim Rook, Head of Laboratory

“Royal Van Zanten has given me the opportunity to take courses and qualify as a breeder. I’ve been a breeder for five years now and I’m beginning to see the first results of my labour... and I’m very proud of them."

Dave Geerlings, Breeder

“I really enjoy working for Royal Van Zanten because of the many flowers and plants here. After a few years in the Gladiolus department, I have now been working in the Lily breeding department for three years. Even without specialist training, Royal Van Zanten is giving me plenty of opportunities to grow.”

Adriaan Zweemer, Assistant Breeder

"Our products bring smiles to people's faces"

Jamada Bwambale, Team Leader, Mukono Uganda

"We are passionate about happiness, flowers and plants are a ‘feel-good-business’."

Pieter Huys, Manager Finance, Uganda
Wim Rook, Head of Laboratory
Dave Geerlings, Breeder
Adriaan Zweemer, Assistant Breeder
Jamada Bwambale, Team Leader, Mukono Uganda
Pieter Huys, Manager Finance, Uganda