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Customer Business Advisor II - DEKALB/Asgrow - Minnesota


Residence Based, MN, Midwest United States, USA



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Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology

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Customer Business Advisor II - DEKALB/Asgrow - Minnesota 




As a Customer Business Advisor (CBA), you will advise key growers on Bayer Crop Science products and technology as a local expert and drive market share growth through adoption of Bayer products on the farm. You will be responsible for an annual target achievement with assigned growers, supporting National Brands (Dekalb/ASGROW) and selling the total Bayer portfolio inclusive of Seeds, Chemistry and Climate products and services. This territory covers Minnesota including the counties of: Goodhue, Rice, Olmsted, Winona, Houston, Fillmore, Wabasha, Dakota, and Scott. You will report to the local DEKALB/Asgrow seed Area Business Manager.


The primary responsibilities of this role, Customer Business Advisor ll (CBA), are to: 


  • Lead the development of a comprehensive Bayer portfolio business plan with FSRs and Key Retailers identifying 30-35 growers with greater than 3,500 acres of corn/soybean/cotton and other crops as regionally appropriate to achieve financial sales targets;
  • Build relationships with large growers by providing product selection and placement recommendations;
  • Provide agronomic whole farm solution support and advice (Seed, Chemistry, Digital Solutions and Services);
  • Become a trusted advisor by keeping informed of agricultural research or whole farm methods, including responsibility of trials related to Bayer Portfolio with targeted growers;
  • Lead collaboration with all pod personnel and various functions of Bayer’s Crop Science organization (Marketing, Product Supply, Sales, Market Development) to ensure targets are met;
  • Drive market share growth of Bayer products through regular sales calls to assigned growers in collaboration with retail and pod personnel, be accountable to grower sales targets;
  • Drive strategic thinking and make recommendations to Sales and Marketing Leadership on innovative ways to further enhance business results;
  • Lead internal collaboration with company peers on programs, situations and issues to gain alignment and support to reach resolution;
  • Understand, anticipate, and influence growers’ business objectives including Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and any other relevant customer targets / measures;
  • Continually monitor grower account inventory progress, track planned activities and uncover and anticipate any new issues or opportunities through-out the year;
  • Manage an annual SG&A budget and all program expenditures;
  • Travel approximately 60%;
  • Be responsible for advising key growers on Bayer Crop Science products and technology as a local expert, while driving market share growth through adoption of Bayer products on the farm;
  • Be responsible for an annual target achievement with assigned growers supporting National Brands and selling the total Bayer portfolio inclusive of Seed, Chemistry and Climate products and services.




Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values.  More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:


Required Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's degree in an agriculture-related discipline, business or appropriate related field with at least eight years of relevant agriculture experience in agronomy, technology, Sales or marketing;
  • Agility in communication approach to effectively interact with organizations or individuals, while balancing and building the dynamics of each relationship (customer focus);
  • Ability to speak to company practices as it relates to current and future products as well as corporate initiatives ongoing;
  • Demonstrate strategic thinking capability in prior experience (using business insights to project decisions);
  • Demonstrate digital fluency with latest industry tools and a track record of making decisions using data to grow the business;
  • Expert analytical, influence and innovative sales and negotiation skills (documented ability to drive results);
  • Excellent facilitation, presentation, written communication, as well as conflict management skills;
  • Ability to quickly build strategic relationships and influence customer behavior (internal and external);
  • Drive for the company that may fall under DOT/FMCSA jurisdiction, this may entail the hauling of trailers, product, supplies or equipment in a safe manner.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Master's degree in Agronomy;
  • Experience with sales teams and teams working remotely.



Domestic relocation assistance may be offered for this role.



Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and want to impact our mission Science for a better life, we encourage you to apply now. Be part of something bigger. Be you. Be Bayer. 
To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.
Bayer is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans
Bayer is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants with disabilities to request any needed accommodation(s) using the contact information below. 

IMPORTANT NOTE for POTENTIAL US CANDIDATES: Bayer expects its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Bayer active employees are also expected to disclose their vaccination status and if fully vaccinated, provide proof of vaccination status to Occupational Medicine. Bayer defines fully vaccinated in alignment with CDC which is two weeks after completing the two-dose vaccine regimen or two weeks after completing the one-dose regimen. Additionally, Bayer employees are also required to comply with state, local and customer requirements.  
Location: Residence Based     
Division: Crop Science    
Reference Code: 652941     
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Job Post Date: 06/21/22
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