Technical Service Seed Manager (Great Plains Area)
The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. These endeavors have been around for centuries and will continue to be a vital part of the global economy. We currently have a Technical Service Seed Manager position available at our SGS facility and can be located in the Great Plains Area (Western NE to Northern CO). SUMMARY This position provides technical leadership, support, direction and training for the integration of existing and new technologies and products and leads the Seed Services Team in identifying opportunities in the seed marketplace for products and services. This role is pivotal in planning and conducting the seed program to support corporate goals and assisting SGS Management in achieving its long-term customer, market and business objectives. This position is critical as Simplot Grower Solutions strives to continue being an industry leader by providing customer-focused products and services through the effective and efficient utilization of both human and capital resources while maintaining a broad knowledge of seed and related principles to keep up to date on competitive products and positioning. RESPONSIBILITIES Responsible and accountable for the mentoring, training, technical competency and personal development of the Seed Services Team and SGS Crop Advisors, Independent Crop Advisors, Corporate/Large farm Crop Advisors/Agronomists and Supplier Field Development personnel within the geographic area. Develops strategic direction and training programs for proprietary, PHT and priority products within geographic area plus creates forecasts, business plans and monitors performance. Contributes to incentive plans, pricing strategies, marketing plans and administration of SAMI programs to field personnel within the geographic area. Responsible and accountable for achieving key product financial targets and sales goals as determined by SGS Management. Maximize and manage overall sales and business development activities within designated geographic area. In conjunction with Agronomic Service team members and PHT Management implement marketing strategies, training sessions, sales presentations and demonstration trials. Provides guidance and input for procurement, inventory and budgetary projects. Offers input, direction and evaluation of research objectives and product development projects plus support to the entire Agronomic Services and PHT team. Coordinates the selection of seed projects and follows them through to fruition and manages the administrative functions of the agronomic services. Interacts with field SGS managers, Boise seed management, and external suppliers and vendors. Sets goals and priorities for products, programs and people. Develops and administers seed programs at the field level in order to ensure efficiency and profitability for the Company and customers. Requires setting pricing guidelines, forecasting and managing Seed product inventory and creating marketing/crop programs. Provides seed input to new product acquisition through product testing and analysis. Seeks out and meets with potential new suppliers to gain product information and determine market potential. Communicate the product/service adaption and market position through trials, training sessions, field tours, newsletters, research summaries and meetings. Meets with major suppliers on pipeline products to develop customer, seed product and marketing alignment. REQUIREMENTS Education: Bachelor's (BS) or Master's degree (MS). Certificates: Current CCA is preferred Ten plus years related experience and/or training. Extensive knowledge of the seed industry, marketing and organization. Extensive Agronomic knowledge and knowledge of PHT and Specialty products. Must be familiar with field trial administration, variable rate technology, field mapping activities, soil moisture monitoring, yield monitoring analysis and soil nutrient analysis. Ability to assimilate technical information and provide support to seed specialists/sales counterparts in the field. Progressive, strategic, and visionary in approach to job responsibilities and able to balance long-term and short-term goals and objectives. Ability to develop and implement successful financial goals, marketing and business plans. Must be able to manage and motivate others to reach common goals. Combination of education, training and/or experience will be considered for this position.
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