Division: Biological Assessment
Function: Winter Nursery
State/Province: Hawaii [HI]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: Agronomy Manager
Job ID: 3758
Role purpose :
In a team-oriented environment in the context of Kekaha Station, the Agronomy Manager will:
- Manage the functional leads consisting of the tillage/planting, support, irrigation, planting, IPM and pesticide teams.
- Develop and maintain best agronomic practices that provide superior results based on the customer’s needs and business objectives.
- Supervise functional leads to ensure correct Spray and fertigation scheduling and field execution.
- Train and develop staff to ensure effective communication and collaboration between Agronomy and all site departments.
- Clearly define and keep current roles and expectations for direct reports. Identify training and development needs for employees including developing computer access for all Agronomy employees in Syngenta Recruit and hire personnel as necessary. Oversee annual performance reviews for direct reports.
- Ensure development of, and staff compliance with health, safety, environmental and security and stewardship policies and procedures.
- Prepare budgets and control resource use to meet budget goals.
- Manage staff to achieve stewardship and regulatory compliance.
- Oversee maintenance and management of equipment, vehicles and facilities to safely and reliably meet current and future crop care requirements.
- The Agronomy manager will help oversee the Shop and shop personnel (dotted line)
- Train, develop and manage staff in the functional, safety and stewardship aspects of their responsibilities.
- SOP refinement and development to ensure timely, consistent, and efficient cultural care for Product Development and Parent Seed and PPTcrops.
- Ensure proper oversight of the various agronomic functional teams – tillage, irrigation, planting, support, IPM and pesticide, to achieve coordination and execution of all tasks related for crop production on site.
- Oversee staff to ensure proper care and maintenance of site assets, including tractors, sprayers, implements, fleet vehicles and facilities.
- Ensure group’s compliance to HSE and stewardship and regulatory site work instructions, job safety analysis and record keeping.
- Develop and maintain productive working relationships with all Station staff.
- Regular updates and written progress reports, timelines and needs communicated as requested by managers, customers and project groups.
- Management of staff to be good stewards of natural resources.
- Stimulating and guiding improved continuous and process improvement through innovation and staff development.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
Critical knowledge: :
- B.S. in agriculture or equivalent experience in tropical agricultural research.
- Excellent understanding of all relevant agronomic/cultural practices in a tropical environment (irrigation, planting, IPM, pesticide applications).
- Knowledge of seed crop research, production and quality assurance practices.
- Thorough understanding and practical knowledge of functioning and safety requirements of:
1. Various tractors and farm machinery
2. Field equipment and implements such as disks, cultivators, silage choppers and flail mowers.
- Knowledge of and ability to use computer software for data management, e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Access.
- Knowledge on Managing employees to accept challenging work assignments
- Management and training of farm personnel.
- Experience and knowledge of farm operations; emphasis in agronomy necessary.
- Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities:
- Ability to establish priorities and manage multiple groups simultaneously at peak work periods across multiple locations.
- Excellent leadership, team building and interpersonal skills, especially those required to successfully perform as part of a cross-functional team.
- Excellent analytical, organizing, planning and problem solving skills.
- Ability to understand, communicate, supervise, delegate and execute complex instructions.
- Capacity to innovate in a focused and product-oriented manner.
- Strong computer skills.
- The ability to function effectively as a team member and to perform detailed work is necessary.
- Flexible, adaptable and safety-oriented.
- Hawaii State Pesticide Applicators license
Critical leadership capabilities:
- The Agronomy group is responsible for the often unique crop care needs of a large number of local, Mainland and International stakeholders and therefore must be committed and responsive to customer needs.
Hawaii operations are critical to the success of Product Development and supply chain projects for Syngenta as a whole. Crop Care practices must therefore be effective, reliable and consistent to achieve the delivery of target seed quantities.
Team orientation is critical as this role supports all functional groups (Traits, Nursery, Soybean PPT and Parent Seed) and requires frequent interaction.
This position requires a commitment to seeking, evaluating, and successfully implementing alternatives that will allow greater productivity and efficiency.
Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges:
- Management and improvement of agronomic practices that are timely, and at the desired quality and output to promote a healthy crop in a continuous nursery, in a tropical environment, with diverse soils and growing conditions.
- All applicants must be eligible to work in the US.
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