Senior Research Associate-IMPACT Field Testing Lead-Western BU
Pioneer - Manhattan, KS

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Position is responsible and accountable for corn hybrid and soybean variety testing activities across assigned geography. This testing is a collaboration between Pioneer customers, Product Agronomists, Business Unit (BU) tech teams and research and includes planning, execution, data quality and process improvement. Known as IMPACT plots (Intensively Managed Product Advancement, Characterization and Training plots), this testing will be the primary data source for final commercial advancement of corn and soybean products in the US and Canada. Activities include the following: oversight of Area IMPACT field testing team, interaction with BU IMPACT testing lead, and Product Agronomists to assure timely planting, superior plotsmanship, accurate in season data collection and timely harvest to support Area level advancement. This position will be accountable for all phases of planning, growing, in season data collection and harvesting corn and soybean plots to support Area product advancement.

Leads all aspects of pre-commercial yield testing operations including planning, execution and data collection within assigned geography.

Provides leadership, direction and supervision to Area IMPACT Team. Each Area IMPACT team plants, collects data and harvests corn and soybean locations within a defined geography to support local product advancement.

Maintains, organizes and summarizes results of experiments, suggesting actions to be taken to increase efficiency. Ensures that data is entered into appropriate database in a timely manner to effectively analyze results.

Collaborates with BU Impact Field Testing Lead and Product Agronomists to assure IMPACT testing plans meet the data needs to support product advancement for each Area within the BU.

Manages hiring and training of part time/seasonal labor to meet project objectives.

Refines and implements evolving technologies, equipment, and methodologies to improve product testing.

Communicates and collaborates with internal and external customers to understand needs, capacities, and requirements for effective pre-commercial yield testing.

Ensures all operations are completed in a safe and cost effective manner on time.

Works with BU IMPACT Field Testing Lead and Product Agronomist to identify IMPACT plot cooperators.

Other duties may include serving on teams as appropriate to address specific BU and/or research projects.

Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree in agronomy, seed physiology, biology, plant breeding or related field and minimum of 2 to 4 years experience in field testing including planting and harvesting activities required, or equivalent amounts of relevant education and experience.

Previous experience with hybrid and variety testing and advancement procedures.

Commercial drivers license or ability obtain CDL if needed.

Strong self-motivation and leadership capabilities to motivate others, initiate projects, make decisions, and effectively solve problems.

Excellent personal interaction skills required for fostering teamwork, enhancing a good working environment, and effectively developing strong internal and external working relationships with a diverse group of people.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to work outside in varying environmental and ergonomic conditions.

Excellent computer skills and ability to learn new skills.

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