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 We invite you to help us shape the future of agriculture. At Syngenta, we believe every employee has a role to play in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. To support that challenge, the Small Seeded Vegetable Production Team is currently seeking a Seed Production Agronomist in Woodland, California. • In collaboration with breeding R&D and Production and Supply to evaluate and improve producibility assessment of inbred lines early during hybrid advancement. To succeed in this endeavor the candidate will have to build a strong working relationship with R&D as well as with production teams in different countries. • To identify seed production bottle necks and challenges and translate them into research projects leading to improved crop management and production protocols. • To actively scout for breakthrough production technologies leading to process simplification, lower costs, superior seed quality, yield improvement and stability. • To develop the knowledge and the best practices for seed production at the field for the improvement of the production process & product quality, that allow the seed business the best end to end operation efficiency, the best resources utilization, the COGP reduction and gross profit. • To provide and share the technical expertise in the key topics of data development, data analysis, reports and recommendations to reach seed production excellence within a crop region and global context. • To lead the field operations to implement the globally or regionally harmonized Trial Protocols, and the third party contractors, that supports the field and laboratory research findings that bring benefit. Accountabilities • To develop and keep a cross functional and assertive communication with stakeholders and peers, which includes among others Breeding, Biological Assessment, Field Production, Parent Seed Production, Seed Processing FPP, Direct Procurement, Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Seed Care. This also includes contacts with relevant authorities and industry associations. • To take the initiative on the inbred lines or varieties characterization and set of trials to get relevant information for the advancement of a product in its commercial life cycle ex. HPC • To be open to evaluate alternative production methods for products with high commercial potential, when their inbred lines or varieties have adaptation problems at the actual production zones. • To be in compliance following all the internal policies, processes and procedures when negotiating contracts and hiring/purchasing third party services or goods, assisted by Indirect Procurement and legal area. • To assist your Field Production regional lead and FP Team in analyzing data, presenting reports, preparing presentations, coordinating recipe discussion meetings, in a friendly and simple way, always supported by hard data from the trials executed during the growing cycles at the growing zones of the crop or region. • To present the agronomic information generated to key stakeholders. This information could be presented through diverse ways, formal and informal, with the ability to communicate to technical and non-technical audience. • Focus on field production improvement research • Define with OU/SPS and FP project priorities • Project list management and storage • Responsible for project management, coordination, trials design and execution. • Identification and testing of new technologies • Line characterization for agreed crops and regions according to business needs
Requirements • Master in Agronomy or a Plant Science related field. • Bachelor’s in agronomy, crop science or related field with experience in vegetable/crop production, seed production or plant breeding. • Professional experience in project management or project leading is required • 3 to 5 years of experience in Agricultural Research, Agricultural Development, Hybrid Seed Production, Parental Seed Production, or Hybrid Seed Production Research. • Statistical analysis experience. • Experience working across a matrixed organization with diverse members. • Six Sigma certificate on Green Belt or ideal Black Belt • Individual must be authorized to work in the United States for Syngenta without work authorization sponsorship now or in the future. Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges: • Freedom for taking decisions and conceptual innovative thinking, evaluating complex situations using multiple information sources, and making judgments based on the received information. • Sharing the knowledge generated, through periodic meetings with stakeholders, and production recipes that can illustrate the best agronomic practices that allow savings capture or synergies with other seed business areas. • Accomplishing the planned goals versus executed in terms of trials to set, number of locations, number of planting dates per location, number of plots, savings targets through specific projects to support FP and P&S. • Adherence to the HSES culture and policies within his/her PPT territory team, accomplishing the set targets and objectives. • Adherence to the FLA Culture and Policies within his/her PPT Territory team, accomplishing the set targets and objectives of the program. 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. Family and Medical Leave Act FMLA Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's EEOC Employee Polygraph Protection Act EPPA #LI-SA2
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