Enkhuizen, Nederland (Fulltime)

Cucumber Breeder


Market Oriented Breeding

We are looking for an enthusiastic and analytical Cucumber Breeder with a strong orientation towards the market. The ideal candidate is experienced in agricultural research and is eager to learn more about cucumber breeding.

What are you going to do?

As a Cucumber Breeder you will contribute to the development of new cucumber varieties. Moreover, you will be actively involved in the market. You will gain market knowledge and use it to align the breeding programmes with the demands of the market. You will analyse breeding and screening data, linking market needs to breeding goals. Furthermore, you will be involved in the introduction of new varieties in the market.  

You will work together in international and multidisciplinary teams. Trials are located in different regions of Northwest Europe, so travelling will be part of your job. You will report to the Crop Breeding Manager.

Your power

You are an enthusiastic entrepreneur who sees new possibilities and has creative ideas. You are able to build and maintain relations both in- and outside the organisation. You function well in a multidisciplinary team and are able to work independently. Your strong analytical skills enable you to efficiently analyse breeding data and market trends and translate these into a practical breeding programme. Plants are your passion.


  • BSc or MSc level in plant science and good understanding of plant breeding and genetics;
  • Practical work experience in growing and working with plants and assessing trials is preferred;
  • Bilingual in Dutch and English;
  • Valid driver’s license.

Our power

We are an independent vegetable seed company, breeding, producing and marketing our varieties all over the world. There's a good chance that you'll find our tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, lettuce or other vegetables on your plate, no matter where you are. We are a company with a supportive, energetic culture.

As an employee of Enza Zaden, you’ll have more than 1800 colleagues of 40 nationalities worldwide. Strong team players with an entrepreneurial spirit who easily take responsibilities is exactly what we like to see in our employees here at Enza Zaden. Are you going to join us? We offer you a positive working environment and ample opportunities for personal development. Plus a competitive salary and excellent benefits.


Please send your application to the HR department, via the button below. For more information contact Jettie Ploeger, HR Generalist, phone +31 (0)228 350 100.