Serves as a primary field contact for seed production which includes: grower management and support (acreage planning, quality control, etc.), coordinating integrated pest management program, and coordinating production research programs at the plant level. Supervise field work, plant operations and prepare reports as assigned by the plant manager or assistant plant manager. |
Responsible for all aspects of grower contracts (implementation, price elections, contract elections, contract questions, payment problems). Supervise plant secretary on related matters. Assists in the seed acreage contract allocations to growers. Coordinate an Integrated Pest Management program including hiring and managing scouts, and developing a cost effective, environmentally sound method of enhancing yields. Coordinate production research programs at the plant level including initiation and follow through of programs to address specific needs of the plant environment. Will work with production research agronomist. Gather management information for specific inbreds, including fertilizer, insecticide, and herbicide recommendations. Be knowledgeable about current agronomic practices and government agricultural programs. Supervise lab work such as germinations and clean-outs as assigned by plant manager. Implement and maintain quality standards.
Administrative duties include, but are not limited to, providing proposals for the development of the plant location business plan. Implement plan in areas assigned by the plant manager. Responsible for monitoring plant expenditures as assigned. Serve as plant manager in the absence of the plant manager and assistant plant manager. Work with assistant plant manager to meet with growers to formulate seed plans, calculate isolation and manage measuring crews. Add and drop growers based on grower evaluation. Assign hybrids. Coordinate Safety Program.
Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree in ag-related area and three to five 3-5 years experience working with seed growers and seed plant operations or equivalent education and experience required.
Knowledge of production agriculture and production plant operations; knowledge of field equipment; supervisory and team leadership skills; training skills; priority management and ability to adjust quickly to changing conditions; good verbal communication skills; advanced level of PC skills; willingness to work in a variety of conditions (field, plant, warehouse - hot, cold, dust, etc.); ability to lift up to 60 lbs.
Pioneer - 17 months ago
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