R&D Group Leader
About this Job:To provide effective leadership and direction in order to build and maintain a highly motivated Weed Control group at the Vero Beach Research Center (VBRC). Design, initiate, and conduct research projects including lab, greenhouse and field studies for Weed Control. Complete assigned research projects as a critical part of promoting new active ingredients, herbicide resistant traits, and off-season support for development and commercial products. Act as project coordinator for assigned projects. Provide technology foresight and contribute to product intelligence toward creating a competitive advantage.Essential Duties & Responsibilities:Provide leadership to weed control group members; motivate, coach, and assign research activities. Promote operational excellence and optimization of assets through management of group budget and equipment
Plan and complete all research programs, special problem solving projects, and off-season support activities
Identify and pursue opportunities to add value to products in the market place. Lead and conduct research and development of new active ingredients and herbicide resistant traits
Seek project requests from all internal customers, prioritize and balance the workload of the group in line with company priorities
Develop trial methodology and protocols, interpret results, and provide recommendations for further work or product uses
Provide support to the Sales team in the form of technical information, training, and presentations. Conduct problem solving projects to address market issues
Demonstrate awareness and understanding of grower needs and perspectives and their relationship to Syngenta activitiesSkills:
Education & Experience: Ph.D. degree, or M.S. degree with commensurate experience i.e., a minimum of 5 years, in weed science or in an agriculture related science with extensive herbicide development knowledge in field, greenhouse, and lab settings.
Experience in leading diverse groups toward common goals preferredAdditional Knowledge, Skills, Traits & Abilities:Excellent oral and written communication and computer skills
Ability to foster teamwork and balance workload/resources within the group.
Strong planning, organizing, and problem solving skills
Particularly skilled in interacting and communicating with internal and external customers 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, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. firstname.lastname@example.orgFamily and Medical Leave Act FMLA Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's EEOCEmployee Polygraph Protection Act EPPA