Cultivation Specialist (bedding plants)
MNP flowers is a organization which is specialist in introducing new plant varieties onto the European horticultural market. To maintain ahead of the competition, we have to create quality varieties. To maintain this quality, we are looking for an experienced grower. This position is, in consultation, between 24 to 38 hours per week.
Every year we introduce new varieties. These varieties have been selected after they have been thoroughly tested. In consultation we will decide whether we want to introduce it, or not.
These are the important aspects of your work. Observe, study, perceive, select and documentation. Always searching for ways to improve the growing environment for the new varieties to deliver only the best plants. This position is the unique opportunity for a enthusiast of plants to be at the beginning of the successes of the future.
- Coordination of your colleague growers and, where possible, help with the daily duties in the green houses.
- Making sure every process will be executed efficiently and with care according to the growing plan.
- Continue evaluation of the growing climate and plant quality of all varieties.
- Helping with diverse related activities.
- Having a degree in growing plants is an advantage.
- Relevant experience in a nursery and a wide knowledge regarding growing plants.
- Technical knowledge.
- Knows when to make the right decisions regarding growing, keeping all parties involved in mind.
- Independent, flexible setting, able to coach and skilled in communication.
- Having an eye for detail and a critical view.
- Able to speak Dutch or English.
A very flexible position and a unique opportunity to work with plant varieties only available here at MNP flowers. The position is a golden opportunity for every enthusiast of plants and flowers. You will be working in a pleasant working environment and a informal setting. Your colleagues are eager to learn from you and gain your knowledge.
Join our passionate team!
MNP FLOWERS IN A NUTSHELL
MNP flowers introduces new plants and varieties from Suntory Flowers Europe, among others, onto the European ornamental horticultural market. Breeding takes place in Japan, where an extensive team of plant professionals works passionately on breeding the perfect plant for gardens and balconies worldwide. MNP flowers specialises in specific areas, including selection. We have several selection specialists, who all have in-depth knowledge of the European horticultural market. Together they select plants and varieties that suit this market perfectly. Plants and varieties that are selected are tested extensively at several testing locations. Plants are tested for rain resistance, sturdiness, colour consistency, and so on.
We carry out market research for all the varieties that will be introduced. We investigate who the customer will be and his or her perception of the new product. This is very important for “positioning” the product in the market.
We think about “product naming”, plus the total concept and finally we come to the brand design, which is when we start to create a brand with its own logo, labels, pots, leaflets, website, etc., ready to be marketed!! MNP flowers introduces new varieties three times a year: during the IPM in January, the FlowerTrials® in June and the FloraHolland Trade Fair in November. Business partners can then express an interest in a new crop and decide whether they want to run trials at their own site or add the introduction to their catalogue immediately.
Growers must pay a licence fee for every Suntory Flowers Europe plant. MNP flowers recoups this licence fee to its business partners by creating marketing concepts, arranging free publicity and PR, safeguarding plant quality, etc.