Holland Westland region experienced and practical tomato farmer

Holland Westland region experienced and practical tomato farmer

At Totam Seeds we breed and develop new tomato varieties for the active greenhouse sector in Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico, Oceania and Asia. Our research and development center is located in ‘s-Gravenzande, the Netherlands.

We are an agile and flexible company comprised of a team of highly entrepreneurial people with high level commitment and ambition to impress a new footprint on the tomato seed industry.

You will work within a corporate culture of empowerment and delegation with opportunities for career development, of course you will also face some challenges, and that is exactly why we are looking for you: Your contribution will be vital to the future growth of Totam Seeds.

We are part of the Seeds Business Unit consisting of several seed breeding companies (Top Seeds International IL, Totam Seeds NL, ISI Sementi IT, Xiangyan Seeds China and Japan Vegetable Seeds JP) of the Agriscience department of Mitsui & Co. Japan. Mitsui & Co’s philosophy is to maintain the independence of each company, while on the need and opportunity to collaborate within the group, you will have the freedom to contact employees of your sister companies to be exposed to a larger network large. Depending on your interests and needs, you will be exposed to a highly professional group of breeders and R&D laboratory experts located in Italy, Israel and Spain, in addition to Totam’s R&D team in the Countries Netherlands, to exchange genetic material and breeding technologies to develop innovative varieties that provide added value to our customers.

This is the role:

As an experienced (hands-on) breeder, you will assist and support some of the current breeding programs at our research and development station in ‘s-Gravenzande, the Netherlands. You will be responsible for the development, planning and execution of these breeding programs in coordination and collaboration with the Totam Seeds breeding team and sister company breeders.

To support our research department, an important part of this role will be greenhouse phenotyping and data collection. Breeding data will be entered and stored in our breeding database.

What you need to bring:

  • University degree in science (M.Sc.) in a field such as plant breeding, plant science, biotechnology or plant genetics, or a university-level skill acquired through experience.
  • Have a minimum of three to five years of relevant experience in practical plant breeding, genetics and plant physiology, preferably in tomato.
  • Excellent computer skills and affinity with automation.
  • Passion for growing tomatoes.
  • Must be fluent in English language.
  • Maintain the highest personal and corporate professional and ethical image.
  • Willingness to travel (Europe, Mexico, United States and Canada).

Key skills you possess:

  • Attention to detail
  • Self-organized.
  • Whole and reliable.
  • Proactive, someone who takes initiative
  • Independent
  • Build relationships, you can work independently, but you are also able to work in cross-functional teams and cross-cultural project teams
  • Good communicator.
  • commercially conscious

What can we offer you:

  • Become part of a small, agile and flexible tomato breeding company with a strong open culture of teamwork, based on mutual respect, trust and support.
  • A role in a globally active company with a stimulating work environment, where inclusive culture, passion for what we do and growth mindset are the pillars.
  • Personal contribution will be valued and rewarded, and a continuous learning path will be available.

If you are looking for a challenging job where you can make a real difference, with a competitive salary and the potential for a rewarding career, don’t hesitate to apply now!

Please send your cover letter and CV to:
Tessa Oldenhof
human resources manager
[email protected] and

Fulvio Berton
[email protected]