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Tomato Breeder (M/F)

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About Vilmorin-Mikado

Vilmorin-Mikado is a Franco-Japanese seed producer that has specialized in developing, producing, and selling vegetable seeds for professionals since 1743. As a responsible partner in the vegetable food chain, Vilmorin-Mikado is committed to helping better nourish people everywhere. Our wide range of unique, original seeds is distributed on five continents in more than 100 countries. Vilmorin-Mikado has more than 1,000 employees and recorded sales of €218 million in 2020-2021, of which 15% was entirely devoted to research. World leader in carrots and witloof chicory, Vilmorin-Mikado is also a major player in salads, tomatoes, sweet peppers, kabocha squashes, daikon radishes and bunching onions. Nearly three centuries ago, Vilmorin-Mikado's founders began our Tree Seeds work, which actively contributes to rebuilding sustainable forests.

Vilmorin-Mikado is part of Limagrain, an agricultural cooperative and an international seed group owned by French farmers, Limagrain is driven by its purpose: cooperating for the progress of agriculture everywhere, for everyone. Focused on the genetic progress of plants, Limagrain breeds, produces and distributes field seeds, vegetable seeds and agri-food products - #Limagrain  




Limagrain (Beijing) Agriculture Technical Service Co., Ltd.

Local contract

Local contract only

Position description



Employment Type

Regular Full Time

Contractual hours


Main Goal

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 Shouguang and report to the Breeding Program Director.

Job description

•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 introduces innovation to breeding program where appropriate
•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.
•Maximize the use of all resources allocated to the breeding programs (human, technical)
•Significant travel required (20-30% of the working time)
•Management of breeding assistants and technicians, in accordance with operations groups of VMK at Shouguang research station.


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

Position localization

Job location

Asia, China

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

Doctoral degree / PhD

Specific expertise


Minimum level of experience required

5 years or more


  • Chinois (5 - Mother tongue)
  • English (4 - Fluent)


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