Technical Development Manager-Midwest
Position Summary:??The Technical Development Manager is responsible for technical leadership for technical development of new products, technical support for the current portfolio, and training of sales representatives.Verdesian Life Sciences has an exciting pipeline of new technologies that need field data generated with contract research organizations. The TDM will lead the writing of protocols and working with peers to generate data while also networking across functions to assure excellent product launch. The TDM is accountable for technical support of the Verdesian nutritional and plant health product line to the Verdesian Sales Reps and customers. The TDM also assumes responsibility for technical elements of marketing and regulatory documents (labels, product use direction, training materials, recommendations, field trials, and technical positioning of VLSCI products) for territory or product line.? ?The TDM is responsible for ensuring that Marketing, Sales, and Product Development are in alignment for the area in which they support. Effective interaction with marketing, manufacturing, sales, business development and regulatory is critical.?Essential Responsibilities:Facilitate the field development of new technologies for enhanced nutrient use efficiency within assigned territory and with excellent project management skills.Responsible for field trial facilitation (CROs) and corresponding data generationOversee the technical strategy and feasibility for products and new technologies within assigned territory. Be a core member of a product development teamIdentify, inspect and liaise with 3rd-party research firms (CROs) and plan, visit, analyze, and summarize data for advancement decisions and/or commercial useBusiness-to-business technical leadership in interactions with Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Regulatory, Manufacturing and Channel Partners.Technical training and direction for technical sales representatives and channel partnersTechnical liaison between the sales team, customers and business development opportunitiesIdentification, prioritization, and pursuit of new technologies through industry networkingTechnical leadership in managing alleged product non-performance claimsTravel 2-3 nights per week (average) using a company vehicle or air travel to achieve these responsibilitiesOther duties not listed above may be assigned by immediate supervisor?Criteria:Experience managing the technical aspects of product development projects for crop inputsExperience planning, facilitating or summarizing agronomic field trialsExperience in technical support for differentiated products in a competitive marketStrong interpersonal and customer relation skills, but also an innovative and creative thinkerStrong ability to work well with others to achieve objectives, but Independent and comfortable working from a remote office at their homeHigh level of proficiency for analyzing and summarizing data (i.e. Excel, ARM, etc )Achieves Results: Self-starter, self-disciplined, detailed and organized. Identifies and resolves problem in a timely manner. Prioritizes and plans work activities and uses time efficiently.Adaptability & Change Management: Effectively deals with and handles change and uncertainty.? Adapts easily and quickly to a changing environment without losing effectiveness. ResilientPersonal Development: Listens well and is aware of personal strengths and weaknesses and takes continuous action to improve personal capabilitiesUncompromising ethics; Passionate for excellence; Unaccepting of mediocrity; Efficient with timeThis position requires 40-60% travel on average. (some weeks zero travel, some weeks 5 days).Work location is preferred in one of the following states: IA, IL, MN, WI, KS, but other states will be considered for strong candidates?Qualifications:Minimum experience of 7 years in technical development, technical service or agronomist roleMinimum education: MS in Soil Science, Plant Physio., Agronomy, or related (Ph.D. preferred)Apply for this job.