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Customer Business Advisor I - Crop Science - Eastern South Dakota

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Job Title: Customer Business Advisor I - Crop Science - Eastern South Dakota
Location: Brookings, SD, Midwest United States, USA
Company: Bayer
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed and Biotechnology
Career Type: Sales/Retail
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: Competitive
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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At Bayer you have the opportunity to be part of a culture where we value the passion of our employees to innovate and give them the power to change.

Customer Business Advisor I - Crop Science - Eastern South Dakota


As a Customer Business Advisor (CBA), you will advise key growers on Bayer Crop Science products and technology as a local expert and drive market share growth through adoption of Bayer products on the farm. You will be responsible for an annual target achievement with assigned growers, supporting National Brands (Dekalb/ASGROW/DeltaPine) and selling the total Bayer portfolio inclusive of Seeds, Chemistry and Climate products and services. This territory covers the following geography: Eastern South Dakota including the counties of Brookings, Moody, Minnehaha, Lake, Miner, McCook, Hanson, Davison, Aurora.

The primary responsibilities of this role, Customer Business Advisor, are to:

  • Work with Field Sales Representatives (FSRs) and Key Retailers to build a comprehensive Bayer portfolio business plan by identifying 30-35 growers with greater than 3,500 acres of corn/soybean/cotton, and other crops as regionally appropriate, to achieve financial sales targets;

  • Build relationships with large growers by providing product selection and placement recommendations;

  • Provide agronomic whole-farm solution support and advice (Seed, Chemistry, Digital Solutions and Services);

  • Become a trusted advisor by keeping informed of agricultural research or whole-farm methods, including responsibility of trials related to Bayer Portfolio with targeted growers;

  • Work collaboratively with all peer field personnel and various functions of Bayers Crop Science organization (Marketing, Product Supply, Sales, Market Development) to ensure targets are met;

  • Drive market share growth of Bayer products through regular sales calls to assigned growers in collaboration with retail and peer field personnel.

  • Be accountable to grower sales targets;

  • Think strategically and make recommendations to Sales and Marketing Leadership on innovative ways to further enhance business results;

  • Connect internally with company peers on programs, situations and issues to gain alignment and support to reach resolution;

  • Understand and influence growers business objectives including KPIs and any other relevant customer targets / measures;

  • Continually monitor grower account inventory progress, track planned activities and uncover any new issues or opportunities through-out the year;

  • Manage an annual budget and all program expenditures;

  • Travel approximately 60%.


Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values. More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree;

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant agriculture experience in agronomy, technology, sales or marketing;

  • Agility in communication approach to effectively interact with organizations or individuals, while balancing and building the dynamics of each relationship;

  • Ability to speak to company practices as it relates to current and future products as well as ongoing corporate initiatives;

  • Demonstrated strategic thinking capability in prior experience;

  • Digital fluency with latest industry tools and a desire to make decisions using data to grow the business;

  • Strong analytical, influence and innovative sales and negotiation skills;

  • Excellent facilitation, presentation, written communication, as well as conflict management skills;

  • Ability to quickly build strategic relationships and influence customer behavior;

  • Experience with sales teams and teams working remotely;

  • Ability to pass driving record background check (i.e. moving violations, accidents, License suspension, etc.);

  • Federal regulations from the Department of Transportation cover this position and mandate the passing of certain pre-employment requirements, such as a background check, drug test and physical.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in agronomy.

Domestic relocation assistance may be offered for this role.



Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and you have the "Passion to Innovate" and the "Power to Change", we encourage you to apply now. To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.

Bayer is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans
Bayer is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants with disabilities to request any needed accommodation(s) using the contact information below.


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Job Post Date: 01/21/21
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