Production Technician

Job Listing No: 9740000

Production Technician

About Syngenta
As 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 an 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 purpose
To 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
Core to All Roles
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 objectives
Plant 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 equipment
Quality 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 documentation
Shipping/Distribution
Timely and accurate data entry into SAP
Inventory management and tracking
Picking and pooling of shipments
Physical inventory and seed return operations
Forklift operation
Field 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 mixture
Harvest 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 mixture
Critical 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 & capabilities
Critical 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 positiv

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