Production Technician

Job Listing No: 9740000

Production Technician

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.Role purposeTo produce a reliable supply of high quality seed by executing production plant tasks assigned by Plant Management. Organize, perform and lead in assigned departments to ensure all required processes, procedures and production requirements are met. Position will take on several roles based upon field production practices, plant processing requirements and distribution needs. Manage field operations, seed receiving, and conditioning equipment operations to insure that all seed is properly handled and conditioned so the highest quality seed will be packaged to meet sale demands.Accountabilities Assist site maintenance manager in making repairs and improvements to plant equipment Foster an operational culture founded on adherence to all applicable HSE and other corporate policies, procedures and guidelines Assist in presentation of all safety training classes Monitor costs as necessary Supervise employees and third party personnel as required Perform other duties as required to meet plant or site needs Actively support an image that reflects the highest regard for cleanliness and organization Balance KPIs to meet the annual improvement objectivesPlant Maintenance Monitor all plant equipment and keep in good state of repair through a preventive maintenance schedule Ensure all equipment is properly calibrated and routinely inspected Active participation in plant upgrade projects and risk analysis Minimize downtime through proper Preventative Maintenance program KPI driven on downtime and safety guarding initiatives Conditioning and Warehousing Roles Work in conditioning, treating, packaging, or other areas to meet facility needs Provide leadership and overall seed quality expertise to plant activities Responsible for maintaining, documenting, and adherences to established plant procedures Responsible for product quality assessments and adherence to product specifications All seed picked and transported to specified area is identified accurately and checked against production order Fill all orders per production order instructions Ensure all clean-downs and changeovers are done correctly to eliminate any product mixture Develop and implement a preventive maintenance program for the plant equipmentQuality Role Conduct Product Simulation (PS) testing Conduct internal field audit and quality checks Coordinate field inspection program and self-certification requirements Track and monitor potential quality lots through disposition of product Conduct seed testing and reporting activities, to maintain company quality standards Responsible for product quality assessments and adherence to product specifications QBS process audits and coordination of site documentationShipping/Distribution Timely and accurate data entry into SAP Inventory management and tracking Picking and pooling of shipments Physical inventory and seed return operations Forklift operationField Operations Roles During growing season will be assigned production area to monitor seed quality through field inspections and record keeping Support Agronomists in field related activities as directed Pooling and distribution of parent seed to grower base Planting of seed production fields and parent seed returns Assist with field mapping and isolation documentation requirements Accurate and timely crop scouting and data collection of emergence and vegetative growth stages, silk and pollen shed notes, stand counts, and IPM scouting thresholds Coordination of field labor needs to ensure rouging and detasseling operations are completed to quality standards Coordination of male row destruction and equipment operation Accurate and timely SAP and Data collection entry during the field productions season Ensure all clean-downs and changeovers are done correctly to eliminate any product mixtureHarvest Operations
Plant and Field Roles Harvest area coordination includes but is not limited to scheduling of pickers, loads, transportation and dump cart operations Husking operations includes but is not limited to the receiving of green corn, husker operation, and supervision of sorters, moisture sampling, quality checks, chopper operations, scale operations and by-product movements Dryer operations and monitoring, data collection, equipment clean downs, sampling and expectation of long hours and shift work Shelling operations, coordination of bulk storage and dryer capacity, moisture checks, quality sampling Ensure all clean-downs and changeovers are done correctly to eliminate any product mixtureCritical success factors & key challenges Development and execution of processing plans required to meet key business strategies and product availability requirements Proactive communication both interdepartmentally and cross functionally to assure that field and processing efforts are performed in a manner consistent with accommodating business demands and requirements A proactive response when seed is not meeting approved Product Specifications standards Rigorous Plant and Equipment R & M scheduling and tracking Diligent continuous improvement processing efforts with accompanying employee motivations Timely execution and provisions of informational requirements Adherence to Lean principles and ways of working Strict adherence to HSE protocols and all corporate policies and processesSkills:
Knowledge, experience & capabilitiesCritical knowledge Must be High School graduate or have GED degree Associate degree in Agronomy or related Plant Science, Ag. Business is preferred but not required An Agricultural background is also preferred but not required Commercial Pesticide Applicators License preferred
Knowledge of office functions and processes, including MS Office, MS Databases and Spreadsheets, and SAP Ability to operate state of the art conditioning, chemical and packaging equipment Ability to receive a chemical applicators license Excellent analytical and deductive reasoning skills Excellent organizational and communication skills Ability to work positively and effectively with outside vendors/agencies and internal personnel and departments Working knowledge of inventory management principals Must be able to be forklift certified Ability to be CDL certified preferredCritical experience Minimum 2 years of seed industry experience preferred Management experience preferred but not necessary Experience in inventory, distribution processes and/or managing quality transactional data in SAP may be preferred in some locationsCritical technical, professional and personal capabilities Excellent communication skills to work well with co-workers on plant tasks and in field production management with farmer growers Excellent organization skills to plan out work and conditioning schedules that will best utilize the plant and receiving storage capacities Good writing and math skills Team orientated to work with everyone at the plant to successfully complete work schedule and to accomplish safety targets. To work together on in-bound seed into receiving storage and with bagging supervisor on bin space available to condition seed into PC and business software skills, willingness to learn SAP if necessary Supervisory skills Decisive Trusted – Will need to make good sound judgment calls in regards to seed quality

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