The Research Specialist role is the operating arm of an Answer Plot crew. The person in this role performs all aspects of operational functions including but not limited to: farm equipment preparation & operation, seed prep, equipment transport, field operations, GIS applications, and some mapping. The Research Specialist reports to a Research Manager for his designated territory and assists in planning and executing the Answer Plot objectives for his/her region. The Research Specialist must be able to communicate effectively, keep detailed records, and follow instructions to a tee. Customer focus is imperative.
Required (Basic) Experience & Education:
College degree in Ag related field
2 years service as Research Technician
Must have or be willing to obtain a Class A CDL and a Pesticide Applicators License
Must be able to lift 50 lbs
Required Competencies & Other Skills:
Communication - Delivers clear, concise, and effective verbal and written messages directed to the appropriate audience(s).
Delivers Results - Makes commitments and keeps them. Gets things done in collapsed time frames. Reduces complexity and increases focus. Delivers industry leading results.
Adaptability/Flexibility - Maintains effectiveness despite changes. Can change direction quickly. Can support/adapt to change despite disagreeing with it.
Integrity - Demonstrates honesty, is widely trusted, keeps commitments, treats people with dignity and respect, is open to the perspectives of others, and walks the talk.
Critical Thinking Skills - Gathers and integrates critical information, recognizing and addressing underlying assumptions of others, to arrive at effective solutions. Breaks down problems into simple tasks or activities. Analyzes relationships among several parts of a problem or situation.
Customer Focus - Responds appropriately and takes personal responsibility for meeting customers' expectations. Maintains effective communications with customers. Works to improve service with customers by knowing and anticipating customers' needs and matching needs to products/services
Preferred Experience & Education:
Bachelors degree in Ag related field
2 years of small plot or Ag retail experience
Preferred Competencies & Other Skills:
Managing Work - Effectively organizes time, people, and activities. Figures out the necessary processes to get things done. Leverages others' expertise.
Conflict Management - Effectively approaches and resolves conflicts. Can settle disputes effectively. Finds common ground and gains cooperation quickly. Maintains professionalism despite others' reactions.
Technical/Professional Knowledge & Skills - Has a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in Agronomy, Ag Technology, and Ag Business profession.
Self Leadership - Takes responsibility for one's own actions, commitments, development. Sets goals and takes initiative to continuously improve performance, processes, and products. Manages one's own stress and frustrations effectively. Demonstrates a sense of urgency and perseveres despite obstacles.
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Land O'Lakes, Inc. offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement savings account, tuition reimbursement, PTO, paid holidays, and employee development opportunities. Land O’Lakes, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Land O’Lakes,Inc. enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.
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