Manager Breeding Flowers

Job Listing No: 9740000

Manager Breeding Flowers

About Syngenta Flowers Syngenta Flowers is one of the largest wholesale breeders of flower seed and cuttings in the world
developing and producing flower seeds and cuttings for growers internationally. Syngenta Flowers is dedicated to the breeding of innovative flower varieties that offer outstanding performance in the professional greenhouse, at retail, in the landscape and in the home garden. In addition to best-in-class genetics, we support industry professionals with outstanding customer service, in-depth cultural information, flexible and exciting marketing programs, and a deep understanding of plants from many points of view.Please note: Position located in Gilroy, CA – Syngenta relocation benefits available. ROLE PURPOSE The Manager Flowers Breeding has the following core responsibilities: To lead and guide a regional team of breeders and leaders towards the development of new Flower varieties, products or solutions as specified by the global Product Core Teams and business needs.
To manage a Flower Breeding portfolio of Seed and Cutting crops in accordance with financial and resource budgets.
Leads the operational planning and execution of greenhouse, field and laboratory trialing in North America (Gilroy, 3rd parties) in coordination with Co-Leads Breeding & Technology whilst applying best practices.ACCOUNTABILITIES
Lead a team of ornamental plant breeders, team of leaders in operations in Gilroy, CA to develop new products through innovation in breeding, technology, trialing, and aligned with strategic breeding goals.
Lead the planning and allocation of resources to execute trialing projects requested by the Crop Clusters, Technology team within agreed budgets and deadlines; trialing projects include operational breeding and research activities, growing, pollination, starter material and tissue culture initiation & maintenance
Responsible for staffing and developing operational capabilities in line with trialing requirements and service activities to Supply Chain and Marketing & Sales. Ensure right balance between in-house and outsourcing opportunities. Mentor and develop breeders and leaders to reach their maximum potential, encouraging creativity, teamwork, efficiency and a strong mindset to serve our customers.
Drive, develop and foster strong culture of continuous improvement focused on applying LEAN principles and healthy, safe and environmental friendly operations
Cooperate closely with the all stakeholders and support departments (i.e. CBRE). Establish productive working relationships, efficient and effective knowledge sharing and help drive operational efficiencies.
Responsible for the development and management of a focused portfolio of Flowers breeding projects in both seed and cutting propagated crops. This includes project and portfolio management, project planning and control, and allocation of resources.
Management of operational breeding programs (including 3rd party contractors) in North America to be realized within planning, specifications and budget. Ensure the best representation of local R&D team members at regional Product Launch Teams (PLT) and global Product Core Teams (PCT)
Represent Global R&D as standing member on the North American Leadership Team (NALT) to secure strong and effective collaboration between Global R&D and our Regional Sales, Marketing and Customer Solutions team and drive strong customer connection.
Align R&D trial activities with Regional Sales, Marketing and Customer Solutions teams to ensure alignment of trial priorities, operational efficiency, data collection, competitive benchmarking, and documentation of new crop culture information.
Pro-actively contribute to the development of strategic R&D plans in support of the Flowers business strategy and manage implementation.
Pro-actively contribute to the design and execution of the Flowers R&D strategy as member of the global Flowers R&D Leadership Team
Day-to-day people management of the breeding and operations department in Gilroy
What We Offer: Full Benefit Package (Medical, Dental & Vision) that starts the same day you do
401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution
Paid Vacation, 12 Paid Holidays, Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts among others
A culture that promotes work/life balance, celebrates diversity and offers numerous family oriented events throughout the yearSyngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.Syngenta Contact Information: If you need assistance during the application process, please contact the Service Desk at and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) ( Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC)( Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)(
Critical Knowledge:
Academic degree and/or higher vocational education in agriculture or horticulture, preferably in plant breeding crop protection, pathology, plant physiology and agronomy.
Knowledge and experience in plant sciences, preferably demonstrated knowledge of advanced plant breeding technologies as plant breeder Knowledge and experience of developing and leading successful teams and individuals
Knowledge and understanding of the Flowers markets and industry preferred
Good command of English. Dutch would be an asset.Critical Skills:
Demonstrated ability to lead people in R&D environment to achieve business goals in support of our customers
Ability to mentor, coach and develop people to reach their full potential
Ability to work successfully in cross-functional and dispersed teams
Experience with project and portfolio management
Team player, good listener and collaborator
Ability to communicate effectively in academic, business and operations environments
Keen eye on efficiency opportunities and business sense of R&D projects
Sense for market opportunitiesCritical Experience: 5+ years in in the commercial seed industry, 3+ years of people management
Experience working in a multi-national company
Demonstrated leadership skills and success working in cross-functional teams
Project and portfolio management
Strategic planning, preparation and implementation of
R&D business plans
Personnel management

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