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Vegetable Breeder


Western Cape

Job Description :

Based near Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape, the Breeder will be required to develop superior onion varieties for local and international markets with a focus on emphasizing performance and quality.


  • Parent line and hybrid development for global onion markets according to the company’s business, marketing and research plan.
  • Improve efficiency and productivity of the breeding programme by optimizing the use and integration of new technologies with conventional breeding techniques.
  • Work closely with our sales and marketing team to align breeding goals with current and future market needs.
  • Prepare, implement and monitor budgets and operational plans.
  • Manage, support and direct the breeding team personnel in accordance with the company’s corporate values, vision and safety.
  • Ensure availability of required quantities and quality of basic/foundation seed.
  • Manage accurate and detailed record-keeping and administration pertaining to the breeding programme.


  • BSc Honours majoring in Plant Breeding or Genetics. (MSc or PhD in Genetics or Plant Breeding related disciplines an added advantage)
  • At least 5 years’ experience in managing field based crop breeding programmes.
  • In depth working knowledge of horticulture, agronomy, genetics, pathology, statistics, physiology and molecular genetics.
  • Capability to lead and develop others, combined with advanced communication, interpersonal and relationship skills.
  • Experience with other CMS crops will be an advantage.
Salary Details:

A market-related salary is offered, in-line with experience / qualificiations 


To be considered for this position please contact Kate Watts or email a completed CV to kwatts@agristaff.co.za. You are encouraged to complete our Registration Document if you are not currently registered.

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