Parent Seed Officer


Narromine, Australia (Fulltime)

Parent Seed Officer

What are you going to do?

You will be responsible to produce quality parent seed. After a period of training, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing all aspects of our domestic seed, grow out program and onion bulb production. This will include liaising with growers in the organizing, planning and execution of sowing, transplanting and harvesting programs. You will also be responsible for ensuring crop maintenance programs are effective and the management of seed and bulb logistics. 

You use your technical knowledge and experience to partner with breeders and researchers and agree on the most effective conditions. In this context: the cultivation of the crops includes greenhouse climate control, soil management, crop protection, fertilization, irrigation and a healthy and safe working environment. 

Together with the breeders, researchers and production specialists you define, document and evaluate the individual crop objectives. This means proper planning, execution and coordination of cropping activities which are aligned with the crop objectives.  You document incidents and procedures related to crop management. These will be at and around our main station as well as in interstate trials.

You keep in touch with commercial crop production techniques and provide and exchange information on crop cultivation to our sales representatives, trial officers, crop specialists. Together with the R&D Operations Manager and the Station Manager you ensure a smooth-running station. 

Your power

Our station in Narromine and our growers have multiple open field crops: pumpkin, onion, cauliflower and lettuce varieties. Therefore, it is important to listen carefully and ask the right questions to the internal clients and translate their different needs in the current best practice of crop cultivation. You will utilize your influencing skills to convince them why this is the best practice. Because of the size of the trials, you work in a structured and precise way with a keen eye for detail. 

In short you:
  • Have expert knowledge of and at least 5 years’ experience in crop cultivation and plant physiology, preferably in vegetables and/or seed production crops
  • Have proven successful management of complex cropping systems
  • Have excellent communication skills 
  • Work structured and have an eye for detail
  • Have experience with leading a team 
  • Have people management skills (planning and budget included)
  • Are available for weekend shifts

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. In order to explain this properly (and as briefly as possible) we have made an animation.

For more than 80 years we are working with the best that nature offers. We support this with state-of-the-art technologies to speed up our breeding process. That is really necessary, because currently the development of a new vegetable variety takes up 6 to 10 years.

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.

Our strength? More than 2000 passionate colleagues worldwide working together on the vegetables of tomorrow. Therefore, we continuously invest in knowledge and skills with our Enza Academy and under the flag of enzActive we organise various sports activities to stay healthy.


Please, send your application to our HR department, via the button below.

Ka Kyung Langstadt, Global Recruitment Manager
Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated