R&D Operations Manager


San Juan Bautista, CA, EE.UU. - Diplomado/Licenciado (Jornada completa)

R&D Operations Manager

Enza Zaden in San Juan Bautista, California is looking for a highly motivated expert in vegetable crop cultivation to join our team.


What will you do?

As an expert in vegetable crop cultivation you are responsible for the crop management of the breeding activities at our R&D station. Using your technical knowledge and experience you will partner with Breeders to agree on crop objectives and oversee the cultivation of the crops on site (including transplanting, irrigation, fertilizer, climate control, harvesting, etc.). You will be accountable for growing trials and seed productions for multiple crops, over our 60 acres of conventional and organic open field crops and 25 research, nursery, and pathology greenhouses. You will ensure all activities within the crop trials are executed in such a way that it's aligned with the crop and budget objectives.

You spend over 75% of your time outside on the field and in the greenhouses, ensuring all operations are running accordingly. You are also responsible for ensuring optimal service and maintenance of facilities. In cooperation with the Health and Safety Specialist you are also responsible for a healthy and safe working environment in compliance with Enza Zaden as well as local regulations.

As a strong leader, you motivate and coach the assigned team members, and develop them to reach a higher level of crop growing and crop management. You know what you want to achieve and get things done with the support of your team. As R&D Operations Manager, you get excited by leading the operational side (planning, execution and coordination of crop cultivation activities) and you monitor performances closely to reach objectives. You focus on the optimization of operational processes to increases output and efficiency while reducing costs. You will work in cross-functional teams and be part of the international growers team, supporting the team dynamics at the station. You will align with the culture of the local station and Enza Zaden's values and principles.

Your power

As an horticulture expert, you bring our crops and trials to a higher quality level for your internal customers. 

The strong communications and people management skills you bring help you to build solid relations between all colleagues. You are a natural communicator and connector who can work independently, but you are also able to work in cross-functional teams.

You are a hands-on manager that knows how to guide the implementation of innovations. Thanks to your experience and analytical skills you recognize opportunities, make an impact, and can work independently. You are a dynamic person who takes initiative, recognizes opportunities, and has a creative, analytical, and systematic method of working. You are research-minded and interested in working in a precision environment within the seed sector. You are organized and follow safety procedures. You have a strong horticulture background, and have developed skills in planning, organization, and management.

  • You have a bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related area.
  • Requires a minimum of 6 years relevant work experience.
  • Proven success of complex cultivation of multiple crop types (experience in lettuce, tomatoes, watermelon, pepper, onion a plus) 
  • Have experience in facility management, budget management, and safety and phytosanitary regulations. 
  • Must be able to operate and calibrate farm equipment, tractors, setup cultivators, irrigation systems and sprayers.
  • Pesticide application license preferred or will need to obtain within 90 days of hire.
  • Forklift certification preferred
  • Works on weekends and holidays as needed 
  • Professional working proficiency in Spanish.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Capable of working in high temperature conditions in field or greenhouse
  • The ability to lift up to 50lbs is required

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 submit your cover letter and submit via this link.