Senior Breeder Flowers

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.

To help bringing our Flower breeding to the next level, we are looking for an experienced Senior Breeder Flowers, a visionary and passionate commercial plant breeder


Your responsibilities

As breeder, you will be responsible for the development of various ornamental crops (cut flowers, pot & bedding plants) and several breeding projects within our organization.

You develop a long-term vision and breeding strategy, based on the latest market developments and using novel breeding and data technologies. Together with the team of breeders, you design and execute germplasm development, breeding and screening trials and make data-driven decisions.

You will work in international and multidisciplinary teams, with colleagues in sales, marketing, production and research functions. As our trials are conducted internationally, travelling is part of your job. The breeder reports directly to the Director Breeding & Development and is based in Rijsenhout, 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 vision. You see new opportunities and can make strategic choices.

Your strong analytical skills enable you to analyze breeding data and market trends efficiently and translate these into targeted breeding projects.
You are familiar with novel breeding technologies and know how to implement these in the breeding projects.
You have experience with the relevant IT and data applications.


We are looking for candidates who

  • have a university (or higher) degree in Plant Breeding and/or Plant Sciences;
  • have at least 5 year experience as a Plant Breeder;
  • have a strong desire to become a ‘rock star’ in Plant Breeding; experience in vegetables and/or ornamental crops is clearly an advantage;
  • have a good command in English and (preferably) Dutch and are prepared to travel in the Netherlands (frequently) and internationally (about 3-5 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, and 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


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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