Châteaurenard, France (Fulltime)

Senior Breeder Cucurbits


Develop new varieties in international operated breeding programs

We are looking for an enthusiastic Sr. Cucurbits breeder to join our breeding team in Chateaurenard (France). The ideal candidate has experience in plant breeding and is eager to contribute to the development of new varieties and join our multidisciplinary cucurbits team.

What are you going to do as a Sr. Breeder? 

In accordance with the business strategy, you will be responsible for the development of new varieties in international operated breeding programs; you will lead the development of our variety pipeline by executing breeding strategies that answer market demands. You will conduct breeding and screening trials making selection and decisions that link market needs to breeding goals. Multicultural and multidisciplinary teams using latest technological tools will support you to achieve your goals. Moreover, you will be actively involved in hybrids advancements to the market and closely connected with internal and external parties.

Your power

You are entrepreneurial, result driven and creative breeder with excellent analytical, communication and leadership skills. You are market oriented and a good team player. You have an MSc or PhD education level and you are able to motivate your team in a good working atmosphere. The use of modern molecular breeding technologies is familiar to you.  You have several years’ experience in breeding and are willing to travel intensively. An excellent command of the English language, both written and verbally, is essential.

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. 

We focus on higher yield, taste, shelf life, nutrient content and resistance to diseases and pests and climate extremes such as heat and drought. 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. 

We are a company with a supportive, energetic culture. As an employee of Enza Zaden, you’ll have more than 2000 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 many opportunities for personal development. Plus a competitive salary and excellent benefits. 


Please send your application and CV, along with a covering letter, to Brigitte Pouey, HR via