Seed Production Agronomist

Job Listing No: 9740000

Seed Production Agronomist

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 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 Purpose:
Execute
established seed production plans to assure that Syngenta has a consistent,
timely, producible supply of high quality seed, assure successful production of
critical genetics of region through active technical liaison with breeders,
marketing, logistics, growers and third party vendors.
Accountabilities: Core to All Roles
Geographically
contract required production acres with seed growers to maximize yield,
minimize freight costs and deliver seed meeting quality specifications
Develop
and maintain a grower evaluation system to drive increased yields and quality
Understand
species and variety characteristics, seed quality standards, PLC advancement
priorities, and crop delivery requirements to optimize seed availabilities
Develop
and implement programs regarding agronomic issues in production fields
including, weed and insect programs, and timely field inspection programs. Make pesticide and agronomic recommendations
to optimize yield and COGP
Coordinates
receiving activities to meet conditioning schedules in conjunction with Plant
Operations
General
administrative management duties including signing grower contracts, collecting
preparing
inputting data for reports, conducting QBS management meetings,
pricing and managing disposition of harvest
Foster
an operational culture founded on adherence to all applicable HSE and other
corporate policies, procedures and guidelines. Active leadership in the Goal Zero campaign
Work
with PPT or other specialists to test/implement new production concepts
Remain
current with latest production technology and develop specialized skills (i.e.
systems, data analysis, equipment maintenance, fertility, irrigation
management, etc.) to support seed growers
Coordinates
with Plant Management Team to set schedules, determine workforce needs, and
training staff
Cross
functional knowledge and experience of plant activities: conditioning,
treating, packaging, and warehouse and distribution activities
Coordinate
bin sampling to ensure representative samples are procured in a timely and safe
manner in accordance with QBS requirements
Oversight
of site internal Quality Labs and personnel to ensure high quality seed is
delivered to the customer
Supervise
employees and third party personnel as required
Critical success factors & key
challenges
Meet
crop plan targets while maintaining high quality production
Achieve
annual COGP and HSE targets
Proactive
professional working relationships with seed producing vendors
Assessments,
implementations, and execution of important business strategies relating to
consistent supplies of high quality and sufficient quantity seed products
Individual
skill assessments and developmentsSkills:
Knowledge, Experience & Capabilities:
Critical knowledge
Requires
a Bachelors degree in Agronomy or related field; equivalent professional
experience and/or training in addition to the experience requirement will be
considered
At
least 3 years of experience in or related to seed production
Certified
Crop Advisor CCA preferred
Critical Experience:
Knowledge
of general industry procedures, practices, and terminology
Must
be willing and able to create and present information to colleagues in a clear
and concise manner
PC
and business software skills
Strong
agronomic and pest management skills
Critical Technical, Professional and
Personal Capabilities:
Ability
to adapt to changing environmental/situational needs
Ability
to make timely, effective decisions
Ability
to remain flexible and responsive when faced with multiple urgent requests
Critical Leadership Capabilities:
Drive
Results: Focuses on customers – Is
dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external
customers
Manages
for performance – Skillfully plans, organizes and monitors performance to
create value and achieve excellence in delivery
Liberate
Potential: Collaborates across
boundaries – Collaborates effectively across organizational and functional
boundaries, and leverages diversity
Creates
Edge: Leads change and holds ambiguity –
Uses effective strategies to facilitate organizational change initiatives and
overcomes resistance to change
Additional information: Physical Demands of the Essential Functions:
Position
requires being able to walk seed production fields in any weather
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 extensive travel during peek times of the year
Working Conditions while Performing
Essential Functions:
Position
requires be able to work in dusty and hot conditions
Office
environment a portion of the year
Other:
Must
have a valid drivers license
All
applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.
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's own
legal and ethical, HSE, Corporate Security, Risk Management and Corporate
Governance standards.

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