Manage field production operations through subordinate staff having full accountabilities in their respective areas. Responsible for safe, effective and efficient management of field production processes, typically at the location or country level. Provide leadership and decisions to staff on operational questions related to their areas and responsibilities. Serve as a primary field contact for seed production which includes: grower management and support. Responsible for training and education of seed field employees and growers in agronomy, seedsmanship and safety. |
Responsible for the oversight of acreage planning, strategy, education and resource allocation for field activities. Develop a cost effective, environmentally sound method of enhancing yields
Evaluate and analyze the local competitive seed environment. Keep abreast of current agronomic practices, government agricultural programs, and environmental issues related to all phases of seed production. Work with government certifying agencies to assure all standards are met.
Involved in all aspects of grower relations, including but not limited to: acreage allocations, contracts, conflict resolution.
Oversight of Integrated Pest Management program including: vendor selection, agreement administration, hiring, developing and managing scouts.
Management of a commercial seed production fields in the Americas which could range from 1,000 to 120,000 seed acres. Field activities may operate 7 days/week, 24 hours per day portions of the year. Participate in strategic planning, budgetary, safety, quality, and workforce issues for production employees. Also assists in establishing and maintaining relationships with growers, contractors and vendors. Provide coaching and leadership in areas of grower and vendor relations.
Education and Experience
Bachelors degree in agronomy, agribusiness or related discipline and five to seven (5 -7) years relevant experience required. Licensed driver. Ability to obtain appropriate pesticide applicator license/certification
Knowledge of production agriculture and production plant operations. Possess seedsmanship skills and general product knowledge. May be expected to obtain Green Belt certification. Grower relations skills and experience. Ability to perform physical and technical demands. Must continually study, discuss, and identify best practices in planting, cultivation, harvesting, methods of weed/disease/insect control, etc. Must solve problems and make decisions in time sensitive conditions. Knowledge of specific crop contracts, specific crop quality plans location field safety programs. Ability to teach and coach employees, growers and contractors. Experience and ability to train, lead, and motivate field crews.
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