Managing Director (Uganda)

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.

Royal Van Zanten produces over 500 of its own commercial varieties in Uganda, with nearly 1000 employees in over 21 hectares of greenhouses. For our operations there, we are looking for a:


Your responsibilities

The MD is responsible for the overall management of the two production sites in Uganda (almost 1000 employees). He/she oversees both the cultivation technical and business economic results of both sites. A permanent focus on quality, order fulfillment and productivity is essential in this (Quality, On Time, In Full). The MD leads and works closely with the Management Team. He/she is an inspiring people manager with natural superiority, who secures trust and high dedication among employees. In consultation with the  mothercompany in the Netherlands, the MD co-determines the multi-year policy plan. Further focuspoints are:

– Ensuring a clear structure in business operations and making adjustments where necessary
– Managing, motivating and coaching the Management Team and several department heads.
– Develop and successfully implement improvement processes regarding planning, production and logistics.
– Ensuring optimal execution and delivery of the extensive and complex breeding programs.
– Maintain and further develop relationships with external stakeholders such as local authorities, unions, etc. Taking care of the communication process between Uganda and NL
– Supervising the budget results of the production locations in Uganda and in line with this setting up and monitoring KPIs.

You will report directly to the Manager International Operations in the Netherlands.

You are unique

We are looking for a colleague who shares our passion for flowers and plants.

You have broad relevant experience in agri cultivation with at least 500fte in Uganda or in one of the surrounding countries, e.g. as General Manager or Farm Manager.


We are looking for candidates who:

– have a completed agricultural HBO or Master’s degree
– have good knowledge of production and logistical processes
– have a good command of the English language, both oral and written. Dutch is an advantage.
– are result-, action- and quality-oriented
– combine decisiveness and conviction with pragmatism and analytical ability
– excellent communicative and social skills


Royal Van Zanten has a lot to offer

We offer you a career and an opportunity to continue to develop yourself and your work. 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 good salary, appropriate for this challenging position, good fringe benefits and – most importantly – a passionate team of colleagues who make working at Royal Van Zanten a pleasure every day.

We offer you the opportunity to work in an international working environment.

Our benefits package is generous, with vacation pay, a leasecar, a bonus scheme and also a supplementary pension, arrangements for working at home, 25½ vacation days per year, a bicycle plan, collective health insurance and more.


Are you excited? We would like to hear from you. Please send your application to For questions about the position, please contact Dik van Alphen, Manager International Operations, tel: +31 297 387000

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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