Tomato Breeder (H/F)

Tomato Breeder (H/F)



Type of contract: CDI

Working time: Full time

Purpose of the job

In accordance with the business strategy defined by the company, the Breeder will execute the breeding methodology for Tomato to create innovative and competitive new varieties in his/her target market segments by searching for the appropriate genetic resources and implementing the best technologies and methods available. The position is based in Fondi -LT (Italy) and reports to the Breeding Program Director.


  • Sets up, coordinates and administers breeding programs based on current line development pipeline templates and defined company objectives 
  • Designs and participates in the trials plan for key markets 
  • Develops, execute and maintains a well-planned breeding program that provides commercial products for key markets 
  • Stays current with technology developments and in
  • Stays current with leading competitors' product lines and strengths and weaknesses 
  • Coordinates the implementation of programs through a network of breeding stations and screening sites 
  • Strategically collaborates with key external partners and within BU and within LVS on breeding and technology projects. 
  • Maximizes the use of all resources allocated to the breeding programs (human, technical) 
  • Significant travel required (30-40% of the working time) Management of breeding assistants and technicians, assistance with the direction of temporary or contract workers (in coordination with operation groups of VMK at research station of Fondi -LT).


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: Functional – Working knowledge and a competent grasp of the methodology of plant breeding and supporting disciplines. Advanced knowledge of assigned species in botany, biology, genetics, biotic and abiotic disorders and is familiar with seed production issues. Solid understanding of the new product development process in the company and of the required traits for target and secondary markets. Demonstrated ability to deliver commercial varieties. Strategic Planning and Analysis – Ability to manage multiple projects with the goal in mind and showing long term vision by bringing innovative ideas. Have a good analysis capacity and attention to details, with the ability to detect subtle differences between plants. Ability to design a breeding scheme based on multiple and complex information sources. Technical Skills – Experience with collecting and analyzing experimental data, genetic statistics and experimental design. Ability to use operational IT Breeding system, Microsoft products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Interpersonal Skills – Possess effective communication skills and ability to train others. Ability to develop and maintain productive work relationships with various positions within the organization as scientists, support functions, PD, Sales, Production, Product Managers and other departments. Ability to interact with external partners such as public research personnel, farmers and universities. Teamwork - Team player with a positive attitude, willingness to cooperate and openly share information. Ability to facilitate teamwork among colleagues and staff. Ability to manage large projects with multiple partners worldwide. Capacity to lead a professional team to attain objectives. Education and/or Experience • PhD in Plant Breeding and/or 5+ years of relevant work experience in a commercial breeding program (Solanaceae is a plus) • Minimum 4 to 5 years work experience managing independently a breeding program with demonstrated ability to develop successful commercial hybrids

• Must be proficient in English; proficiency in Italian is a plus.

Location: Europe, Italy

Place: Via San Vincenzo,13 04022 Fondi LT, Italy


  • Minimum level of education
  • Master or equivalent


  • Agriculture / Agronomy
  • Biology/ Plant breeding

Minimun level of experience: 5 years or more


  • English (4 - Fluent)
  • Italian (4 - Fluent)

Position to be held from: 30/08/2020

General information - Company description

The fourth largest seed producer in the world, Limagrain is an international cooperative group created and managed by French farmers. Creator and producer of plant varieties, Limagrain markets field seeds, vegetable seeds and cereal products. VILMORIN-MIKADO is a Business Unit of Limagrain which brings together the activities of Vilmorin (French seed company) and Mikado (Japanese seed company). Global in scope, VILMORIN-MIKADO is established on 5 continents. Our wide range, unique and original, is intended for all professionals in the vegetable sector. The VILMORIN-MIKADO team is committed to serving our customers on a daily basis and shares the same passion for plants. With its diversity and entrepreneurial spirit, it carries our values of daring, proximity and excellence. VILMORIN-MIKADO is the choice of high quality seeds and excellent taste. Everywhere, closer to you.

Reference: 2020-5390

Head Office: Funo (BO) - Italy


Contract: Local Contract

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