Field Representative/Manager

Job Listing No: 9740000

Field Representative/Manager

 LOCATION:  Willamette Valley / Independence OR 97351 Universal Seed Company in Independence, OR is an independent, growing and innovative specialized agricultural company that provides a service to its worldwide customer base by producing high quality hybrid vegetable seeds. Currently we have an opportunity for a Field Representative/Manager to join our professional team. GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Field Representative/Manager is responsible for contracting and supervising the production of vegetable seed crops to meet planned volume and seed quality specifications. The Field Representative/Manager carries out supervisory responsibilities of employees and contract growers in accordance with company policies. RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Contracting seed crops with growers.Advising growers on proper agronomic practices for seed production.Training growers and employees.Maintaining good grower relations.Maintaining strict quality standards in crop production.Crop program planning and implementation.Management of employees. JOB SUMMARY: Contribute to the efficient running of the business from an operational and production aspect.For all crops assigned, plan, supervise, manage and monitor contracted acreage throughout the Willamette Valley.Supervise crop management (planting, disease control, roguing, harvest).Responsible for monitoring and reporting any changes or issues with the different production sites.Maintain records on each crop and provide weekly crop status updates to Management.Select and contract growers and recommend grower contract prices.Maintain knowledge of field history to prevent contamination due to volunteers of like species or loss due to residual chemical carryover.Supervise planting of stock seed for trueness to type, accuracy of planting rate, depth and securing of all leftover stock.Supervise field operations/crews: (trans)planting, flailing, training, roguing, etc.Coordinate and supervise roguing activities.Update crop estimates and delivery dates on a regular basis.Schedule and monitor all harvest activities to maintain quality adherence and timely delivery of seed to meet customer ship dates.Resolve grower and/or customer issues.Develop, monitor and document the results of new varieties each year.Evaluate new equipment, chemicals, and/or practices that may apply to future production.Assist in writing revisions to production manuals. KEY REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science.Solid experience in production agriculture/seed production.Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.Bi Lingual in Spanish is a plus.Sound computer skills in Microsoft Office programs.Good self-management skills, motivated and focused.Positive attitude with an ability to learn and adapt to new situations.Good people skills and an ability to work within a team environment.Consultant’s license. Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits package including medical, life, disability, retirement plan. Application: Please send application and resume to Eric Setniker by clicking Apply to this Position.

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