Line Maintenance Agronomist – Corn
About SyngentaAs global demand for food and fuel continues to rise, we are dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Syngenta is one of the worlds leading companies with more than 28,000 employees in over 90 countries. We work in a collaborative and inspiring culture where personal contribution is rewarded and growth and development are at the heart of our culture.Through our world-class science, global reach and commitment to working with our customers, we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life.Theres never been a more important time to join Syngenta.For more information about us please visit www.syngenta.com.
Accountabilities Core to All RolesManage the agronomic and cultural practices of the Line Maintenance nursery to ensure quality specifications and timelines are obtainedCoordinate planting, pollinating, harvesting and shelling of mainland and Contra-season nurseriesContract land for the planned nursery activitiesWrite nursery trials and packet seedEnsure all quality testing and specifications are in compliance with CoP2.7 PLDDrive collection, distribution and summary of all site data and informationCoordinate site work schedules, determine workforce needs, and train staffEnsure effective interactions with other departments and functions. Collaborate with Syngentas Parent Seed, Biological Assessment and Genotyping groups to ensure a smooth and efficient hand-off of relevant data and LM SeedsEnsure efficient management of inventory track and traceUtilize Operational Excellence principles to ensure a high performing, customer centric, value focused, agile and quality Line Maintenance programAssist LM Manager with developing and monitoring of annual operating budget for LM Operations consistent with regional and global cost objectivesFoster an operational culture founded on adherence to all applicable HSE and other corporate policies, procedures and guidelines. Active leadership in the Goal Zero campaignEnsure compliance with all OSHA and Government regulations including Worker Protection Standards. Conduct and comply with audits to ensure HSE aspirations are being met or plans are in place.Develop and foster a culture which ensures HSE integration into all activities and ensuring employees take personal responsibility for HSERemain current with latest production and nursery technologies and develop specialized skills (i.e. systems, data analysis, equipment maintenance, fertility, irrigation, etc.) to support continuous improvement of LM processesRecruit, train and mentor temporary staff for peak season labor requirements
Critical success factors & key challenges
Meet LM seed targets in terms of quality, quantity, cost and timingCreate a safety first working environment to safeguard employees, Syngenta assets and the environmentAbility to identify risk through process risk assessment and develop and implement risk mitigation solutionsIndividual and team skill assessment and developmentSkills:
Knowledge, experience & capabilities:Critical knowledge
BS or Associate degree in agriculture or related fieldCertified Crop Advisor License preferredKnowledge in nursery seed production and plant breeding activitiesCommercial Pesticide Applicators License preferredKnowledge of office functions and processes, including MS Office, MS Databases and Spreadsheets and SAPExcellent organizational and communication skillsExperience in working in diverse, geographically dispersed teamsAbility to work effectively with outside vendors and internal personnel and departmentsMust be able to be forklift certifiedAbility to be CDL certified preferred
2-4 years of experience in nursery or seed production processesAbility to operate tractors, sprayers and harvesting equipmentExperience working in cross-functional teams
Critical technical, professional and personal capabilitiesResult oriented and customer focusedExcellent communication skillsExcellent supervisor skillsHigh level of broad technical skill related to assigned cropsAbility to make timely and well developed recommendations that are supported by data and analysisCustomer focused and results orientedProficient in PC and business software skills including MS Office, SAP, MINT, and SpiritExcellent analytical skillsStrong detail orientation and ability to executeDecisive: Ability to make timely and well thought out recommendations, supported by proper underlying data and analysis, and swiftly executive/ implement decisionsTrusted: Meets all work commitments and follows through in a responsible and reliable manner; professionally and confidentially handles sensitive informationCustomer-Focused: Timely responds to requests for information and production needsResults-Oriented: Establishes appropriate measures of successCommunicative: Ability to create effective and efficient communication tools for all audiences; establishes clear objectives and timelines for work; good listenerTeam-Oriented: Works well across all Business Units and functions; values input from others; enthusiastic, forward looking team playerInnovative: Anticipate production challenges and develop processes for reliable supply
Critical leadership capabilities
Lead self – Use your capabilities to maximum effect and constantly seek to learn to growLead others – Unlock the potential of people to work across boundaries, leveraging diversityLead internal – Mobilize the organization to create scalable solutions to deliver resultsLead external – Work with our stakeholders to shape the direction and the perception of the industry
Physical demands of the essential functions:Position requires being able to lift 50 lbsPosition requires working 7 days a week during critical time of yearPosition requires travel by car/pickup during certain periods of yearPosition requires extensive travel during peak times of the yearPosition requires the ability to operate and be forklift certifiedWorking conditions while performing essential functions:Office and lab environmentWork in nursery fields in all weather conditions
Must have a valid drivers licenseAll applicants must be eligible to work it the USThe above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time
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