About Syngenta Flowers
Syngenta Flowers is one of the largest wholesale breeders of flower seed and cuttings in the world – developing and producing flower seeds and cuttings for growers internationally. Syngenta Flowers is dedicated to the breeding of innovative flower varieties that offer outstanding performance in the professional greenhouse, at retail, in the landscape and in the home garden. In addition to best-in-class genetics, we support industry professionals with outstanding customer service, in-depth cultural information, flexible and exciting marketing programs, and a deep understanding of plants from many points of view.
We invite you to help us shape the future of floriculture. At Syngenta Flowers, we believe every employee has a role to play in bringing plant potential to life and taking care of our planet. To support that challenge, the Research and Development Team is currently seeking a Breeder – Flower in Gilroy, CA. As a Breeder you will take ownership/leadership of different breeding programs that focused on the Syngenta Flowers’ 15-year strategy, by preparing and executing breeding trails in collaboration with product managers and consequently analyze the data from those trails. In that regard, you will be responsible for the development of inbred lines and hybrid varieties of assigned crops ex: Geranium, Petunia, Calibrachoa, Lobelia, … that meet the performance targets set by the Market Segment Leads with input from the marketing, supply chain, technical, production, legal and other development teams.
Maintain and develop a product development portfolio in line with the market segment targets of the breeding profiles using different research disciplines. Contribute to crop strategy and product profiles development. Communicate effectively and regularly with peers and supervisors regarding status of projects and work activities, raise awareness of issues that could affect meeting project objectives and business goals. Participate actively in discovery projects for novel trait introgression through accelerate breakthrough innovations by collaborating with Trait Development Leads and Genetic Scientists. Implement data driven decision in every part of the breeding program. Evaluate pre-candidates against defined product profiles and describe progress. Manage germplasm diversity within the program and identify opportunities for expanding program germplasm base. Set up long-term breeding schemes, through set up of annual trials planning and maintenance of proper breeding administration. Work closely with the operations teams on the establishment and execution of breeding and pollination trials, elite, purity, and product comparison trials. Assist with nursery harvest and processing activities to improve quality of results. Perform all tasks in a manner compliant with and in support of all safety and stewardship related company policies and practices, including completing all required training courses.
PhD with at least 3-5 years of experience in plant breeding preferred in either a commercial or academic setting, and/or MS with 10+ years’ experience. Variety development experience and/or knowledge of culture and genetics of ornamental crops is highly valued. In-depth knowledge of plant breeding, genetics, statistics and field design, population genetics, quantitative genetics, phenomics, plant biology/pathology and marker breeding techniques. Strong familiarity with technology applications that support and accelerate breeding such as data analytics, imaging, environmental analysis. Experienced in project management in a team-oriented atmosphere.
Ability to generate reports/charts/summary tables to communicate results and progress. Excellent computer skills and proficiency with MS Office and corporate software. Ability to lead and motivate others to high performance. Ability to effectively organize, manage and assign workload in order to meet project goals and deadlines. Ability to work independently with minimal day-today supervision. Ability to manage resources to achieve objectives and remain within budget. Display commercial awareness. Ability to work in international setting. Regional and international travel required to trial and nursery locations, and to other supporting activities. Ability to work under adverse environmental conditions.
What We Offer:
Full Benefit Package Medical, Dental & Vision that starts the same day you do 401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution Open Vacation Policy with a minimum of 15 days of vacation and up to 30 days with manager approval, 9 Paid Holidays Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts, among others A culture that promotes work/life balance, celebrates diversity, and offers numerous family-oriented events throughout the yea
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