Almería, Spain (Fulltime)

Breeder Pepper


Strong pepper varieties

We are looking for an enthusiastic and analytical Pepper Breeder that will join the Pepper Breeding Team in Almeria, Spain. The ideal candidate has experience in plant breeding with a solid experimental and data analysis and is eager to contribute to the development of new pepper varieties and join a multidisciplinary pepper team.

What are you going to do as a Pepper Breeder?

As a Pepper Breeder, you will be responsible for the development of a strong pepper varieties pipeline by delineating and executing breeding strategies that answer market demands. You will conduct breeding and screening trials and make selection decisions that link market needs to breeding goals. To achieve the program-breeding goals you will be supported by multicultural and multidisciplinary teams and able to use latest technological tools. You will be actively involved in hybrids advancements to the market and closely connected with internal and external parties.

Your power

You are an enthusiastic and creative entrepreneur with a long-term vision on breeding with excellent analytical and communication skills. Autonomy, flexibility and persuasiveness are key capabilities to succeed in this role. You are able to work in a cross-functional network.

Furthermore, you are familiar with novel molecular breeding technologies and you are able to implement these in your breeding program. Additionally you are not afraid to make decisions and you function well in an international team

In short, you:

  • have a BSc or MSc degree in plant breeding or related science;
  • have good understanding of plan breeding, quantitative genetics and experimental designs;
  • have relevant working experience in breeding program(s);
  • have good oral and written communication skills;
  • are fluent in English and Spanish.

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. And that is really necessary, because currently the development of a new vegetable variety takes at least 6 years. We focus on higher yield, resistance to diseases and pests and climate extremes such as heat and drought. And on taste, shelf life and nutrients. 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.

Our head office in Enkhuizen is our home base, but we have colleagues all over the world. Enza Zaden is an independent family business, where around 2000 employees from more than 40 nationalities closely work together in international teams.


Please send your application and CV, along with a cover letter, to the recruitment department (contact person: María Vázquez) via the button below.