Operations Lead – Station Manager

Job Listing No: 9740000

Operations Lead – Station Manager

About SyngentaSyngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown.We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.About This JobThe purpose of the R&D Operations Lead role is to manage nursery and yield trial projects on behalf of multiple scientists and projects, ensuring they are completed timely, accurately and in the most cost effective manner. This is measured by reliability of seed production, precision of yield trials, and budget efficiency.AccountabilitiesPersonnel Management of site support staffRecruit, hire, train and manage direct reports
Continuous improvement of direct reports through IPMs, training, and mentoring
Recruit and manage seasonal staffOversee station activities to assure that department standards and timelines are met for packaging, planting, agronomic management and harvesting of:In season nurseries
Seed multiplication and hybrid / variety makeup
High quality yield trials, including location selection and data analysis
Continuous and off-season nurseries
Disease nurseries with uniform high disease / pest pressure
Includes greenhouse activities and scheduling within your siteAlign resource and work plans within your StationWork with the Regional Operations Head to assure Demand and Resources are well balanced within your Station
Manage Operating Budgets within your Station within expected guidelines
Identify and support capital needs within your Station that are financially responsible and improve Trialing efficiency / quality
Identify and plan for synergies within your Station that maximize cross-crop testing and evaluationCoordinate Contra Season activities with the Winter Nursery (WN) Capacity Control team and on-site Scientists (if applicable, could also apply to Greenhouse work)Manage logistics of packaging seed in accordance with Scientists selections
Assemble seed as per the direction of WN or Greenhouse staff protocols
Assign and schedule staff members trips to WN sites as needed to support WN activitiesResearch Site Management Responsibilities Building, grounds and land maintenance
Coordinate field days, site tours, and demo plots
Manage all on-station and off-station farming operations associated with the site, for multiple functional areas, to insure all crop culture operations are administered in a timely manner to optimize crop growth and development
Support and model a Station culture that meets or exceeds the standards for HSE and StewardshipSkills:
Essential Knowledge & Skills General understanding of field, road and lab equipment utilization
A good understanding of cultural practices e.g., weed control, soil fertility practices
Excellent organizational and planning skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to effectively function as a team member in cross functional activities.
Excellent problem solving skills
Ability to establish priorities and oversee multiple research activities simultaneously at peak work periodsQualifications
BS degree Plant Science or related disciplines
Five years of experience in field research
Demonstrated ability in field research process management
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and motivate staff and teams
A thorough knowledge of the breeding and testing process and requirements
Understanding of testing environments and impact on product evaluation and line selection
Strong management skills, with the ability to manage a wide variety of crop operations and diverse individualsAdditional InformationAll applicants must be eligible to work in the US without visa support
Relocation support is available
Travel- 15% – Occasional overnight stays and travel to other countries may be required
All applicants must be capable of working long hours during time-critical periods of the research cycle
.Syngenta 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.

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