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Greenhouse Seed Production Lead


Durham, NC, South United States, USA



Industry Sector:


Industry Type:

Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology

Career Type:

Researcher/Research & Development

Job Type:

Full Time

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About Syngenta

Syngenta is a global leader in agriculture; rooted in science and dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of our 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanity’s most pressing challenges: growing more food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace environment are enablers of our ambition to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture. Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. No matter what your position, you will have a vital role in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.


About Us


Through leading innovations, we help farmers around the world meet the challenge of feeding a growing population and taking care of our planet. We are currently seeking a Greenhouse Seed Production Lead in Durham, North Carolina location.


Role purpose

  • Leading greenhouse seed productions for GM/GE crop projects at various development stages
  • Cooperating with various external partners, to manage all aspects of seed increases, QA/QC, regulatory compliance, and stewardship
  • Coordinating with different functional units, projects, and field trait evaluation teams for seamless processes
  • Developing speedy and cost-effective greenhouse seed production procedures and trouble shooting
  • Having supervisory responsibilities and leading multi-disciplinary work streams
  • Periodically updating projected quantity, quality, and timelines of seed deliveries to the key stakeholders
  • Perform all activities in accordance with the Syngenta Health, Safety, and Environmental Policy



  • Develop efficient, rapid, and robust processes for GM/GE seed productions under controlled growth environments, including KPIs, quality control and assurance, compliance, and stewardship
  • Lead greenhouse space planning and resource allocations for seed productions, according to Seeds Research priorities, portfolio needs, and project demand
  • Closely cooperate with partners such as Duke University, North Carolina State University NCSU and others.
  • Work in a function and project matrix environment to plan, coordinate and execute all aspects of high through-put and superior-quality seed increases, from planting, genetic analyses, phenotyping, pollinating, harvest to seed registration and shipment, in accordance with project timelines
  • Hire, manage and mentor full-time and/or contract employees within the team
  • Protect novel findings through submission of invention disclosure
  • Able to work during weekends and holidays as needed

Critical success factors & key challenges

  • Strong initiative and results orientation
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and cooperation skills
  • Understand SMART goals, project milestones, and deliverables
  • Become an integrated member of a multi-functional team
  • Proactive, positive, productive, and collaborative work attitudes
  • Embrace Syngenta quality management and stewardship practices



Knowledge, experience & capabilities


Critical knowledge and experience

  • Master’s degree with a minimum of 10 years relevant experience in crop production and agronomy, particularly with seed productions of maize and soybean under well-controlled growth environments
  • Prior experience working in GM/GE biomaterials, trait characterization, inventory management, QA/ QC, regulatory compliance, and stewardship
  • Proven capabilities of successful cooperation with internal and external partners


Additional information

    Eligible to work in the US Occasional domestic and international travels to field sites, project meetings, and scientific conferences


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 year


Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


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Job Post Date: 06/30/22
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