QC Manager Seed Health Testing

Job Listing No: 9740000

QC Manager Seed Health Testing

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.comRole purpose: This position provides technical oversight for Seed Health Quality Control Testing for North America Vegetables, Diversified Field Crops, and Cereals (VDFCC) and ensures all testing protocols, meet company standards and are in compliance with state, federal and international seed regulatory requirements. The incumbent will interact with global Syngenta pathologists to optimize processes and information exchange, and represent the company in professional societies and affiliations.Accountabilities: Provide technical leadership on Seed Health Testing; work with vendors, internal quality control laboratory and sales and marketing team in the areas of testing portfolio, process controls, data interpretations and reporting to ensure compliance with global regulatory agencies and Syngentas Codes of Practice
Coordinates Seed Health testing activities both internally and with 3rd party laboratories to maintain company quality standards, and assure that these standards reflect or exceed industry levels recognized by National Seed Health Systems (NSHS) and International Seed Health Initiative (ISHI) agencies
Maintain NSHS accreditation for the Nampa Seed Health testing program
Maintain documentation for seed health testing processes, and update documentation as processes change
Monitor all on-site Seed Health testing activities including seedling evaluation, liquid wash assay, PCR, ELISA and other diagnostic methods for accurate execution and interpretation
Works in conjunction with the global PPT Q&AD team to develop and validate internal testing protocols
Conduct diagnostic testing and field investigations for seed health related customer complaints and inquiries
Provide support to field production and plant conditioning in areas of technical expertise (i.e. protocols and training for disease inspections, seed health repair and interpretation of results)
Oversee the receipt and handling of pathogenic/non-pathogenic isolates from domestic or international sources
Obtain and maintain appropriate USDA PPQ 526 permits for domestic and international movement of samples for diagnosis
Represent the company interests at an industry level to communicate and influence change regarding seed regulatory and testing issues
Participate in referee testing and experimentation to identify new test methods
Perform other duties as assignedCritical success factors & key challenges: Highly organized and capable of managing conflicting priorities to accommodate multiple stakeholders
Strong quality mind-set
Close cooperation with 3rd party laboratories, Quality Control Manager for Internal testing and Vendor Management and Quality Management and Planning and Logistics Teams
Proactive in driving continuous improvementSkills:
Knowledge, experience & capabilities:Critical knowledge: Strong understanding of seed health testing and all aspects of seed quality control testing
Knowledge of National and International Seed Laws and Quality Standards
Experience with PCR, ELISA, liquid plating and other diagnostic methods
Experience in an international work environment; ability to deal with various and diverse cultures and work habits.
Understanding of vendor management practices including referee test design and analysis and auditing proceduresCritical experience: Minimum of M.S. in Plant Pathology, Microbiology or Molecular Biology, Ph.D. preferred
Experience in seed health or plant pathology testing laboratory
Proficient with Microsoft office suite
Experience with SAP preferred
Experience with experimental design and statistical analysis software such as JMP or SASCritical technical, professional and personal capabilities: Good communication skills
Analytical skills well developed
Intercultural sensitivity
Customer Focused
Quality conscious and service minded
Able to cope with pressure and conflicting demands
Good organizational skills
Problem solving ability and decision makingAdditional behaviours critical for this role: Ability to deal with multicultural differences
Ability to deal with internal customers
Ability to deal with complex business activities
Ability to influence peopleCritical leadership capabilities: Sets direction: Communicates effectively
Organize the SC information flow and network with business partners; Results oriented
Align action to the business strategy and stay focused on goal achievements
Create edge: Trusted
Support disclosure and transparency
Drives Results: Customer focused
Making customer and their needs primary focus of ones actions, developing and sustaining productive customer relationships; Decisive
Identify issues, problems and opportunities
Liberate Potential: Team oriented – Support team process improvement and engage all team members. Collaborate effectively across organizational and functional boundaries; Innovative
Evaluate multiple solutions and think expansively.Additional information:PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Position may require up to 20% travel
Position requires being able to lift 60 lbs
Position requires working 7 days a week during critical time of year
Position requires travel by car/pickup during certain periods of year
Position requires the ability to operate and be forklift certifiedWORKING CONDITIONS WHILE PERFORMING ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Position may require being able to walk seed production fields in any weather
Position requires be able to work in dusty, hot, and cold conditions
Office environment a portion of the yearOTHER: Must have a valid drivers license
All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Two years current position preferred. Candidates who have been in their current position a minimum of one year will be considered if they have the approval of their current business unit leader and hiring business unit leader.The above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.Ensure in its respective area of responsibility and in close cooperation and alignment with Legal and Taxes and other expert functions, Syngenta's full compliance with the applicable legal and regulatory framework as well as Syngenta

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