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 purposeProduce 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. Overseeing plant documentation and Non Conformity reporting to ensure compliance with company standards. Responsible for grower/vendor contract maintenance, contract data entry, crop updates reporting, grower/vendor payment preparation and execution. Position will take on several roles based upon plant processing requirements and distribution needs.AccountabilitiesCore to All RolesAssist 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
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 DocumentationWrite, revise, edit and maintain all plant documentation through reliance (work instructions, process flows, task cards, forms etc.)
Initiate and drive all plant related Non Conformities
Perform RCA on quality processing issues
Drive OE culture from through use of company systemsMultiplication Logistics RoleManage contract templates working with Agronomists, SPSs, Production Leaders and Legal
Enter and maintain grower/vendor contract data into SAP and other systems as required
Maintain grower/vendor contracts and files in organized fashion to aid in information and audit requirements
Responsible for documentation of parent seed assignment, goods issue to multiplication lot and reconciliation activities in conjunction with parent seed production specialists
Distribute information regarding phytosanitary inspection requirements from Crop Planner to responsible Agronomists and Production Specialists in time sensitive manner
Responsible for yield estimate updates to SAP
Responsible for summarization and circulation of Vendor Progress Reports on monthly basis
Prepare and execute any advance payments or withholdings as outlined in contract or directed by SPM or Production Leader
Prepare documentation/report for harvest or receiving activity and communicate with impacted site personnel
Assist in harvest schedule, adjustments and communication
Receive delivered seed onto system (SAP)
Monitor quality requirements as per contract
Prepare grower/vendor payments as per contract requirements
Report on grower/vendor payment progress and issues
Maintain crop reports and summaries as required
Responsible for promoting improvement opportunitiesConditioning and Warehousing RolesWork 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
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 RoleConduct Product Simulation (PS) testing
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 specificationsShipping/DistributionTimely and accurate data entry into SAP
Inventory management and tracking
Picking and pooling of shipments
Physical inventory and seed return operations
Forklift operationCritical success factors & key challengesDetail/Accuracy Oriented – All procedures and policies must be understood and followed. Data entry into data management systems must be accurate due to decisions being made by other departments based on the information given
Ability to adapt to changing environmental/situational needs such as rain, snow storms and very cold temperatures that can affect the scheduling and operation of the plant
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 knowledgeMust 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
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 certifiedCritical experienceMinimum 2 years of production/manufacturing experience preferred
SAP experience strongly preferred
Experience in inventory, distribution processes and/or managing quality transactio

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