Customer Business Advisor I - Crop Science - North Central South Dakota

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Job Title: Customer Business Advisor I - Crop Science - North Central South Dakota
Location: Residence Based, SD, Midwest United States, USA
Company: Bayer
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Job Description:


At Bayer we’re visionaries, driven to solve the world’s toughest challenges and striving for a world where ,Health for all, Hunger for none’ is no longer a dream, but a real possibility. We’re doing it with energy, curiosity and sheer dedication, always learning from unique perspectives of those around us, expanding our thinking, growing our capabilities and redefining ‘impossible’. There are so many reasons to join us. If you’re hungry to build a varied and meaningful career in a community of brilliant and diverse minds to make a real difference, there’s only one choice.


Customer Business Advisor I - Crop Science - North Central 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 35-40  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 of the North Central South Dakota region to include the counties of: Brown, McPherson, Edmunds and Campbell.  This role will report to the local Area Business Manager.


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


  • Work with Field Sales Representatives (FSRs) and Key Retailers to build a comprehensive Bayer portfolio business plan 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 pod personnel and various functions of Bayer’s 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 pod 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 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and any other relevant customer targets / measures;
  • Monitor continually grower account inventory progress, track planned activities and uncover any new issues or opportunities through-out the year;
  • Manage an annual SG&A budget and all program expenditures;
  • Travel approximately 60%;
  • Be responsible for advising key growers on Bayer Crop Science products and technology as a local expert, while driving market share growth through adoption of Bayer products on the farm;
  • Be responsible for an annual target achievement with assigned growers supporting National Brands and selling the total Bayer portfolio inclusive of Seed, Chemistry and Climate products and services.



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:


  • Bachelor's degree; 
  • Minimum of five 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 (customer focus);
  • Ability to speak to company practices as it relates to current and future products as well as corporate initiatives ongoing;
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking capability in prior experience (using business insights to project decisions);
  • 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 (documented ability to drive results);
  • Excellent facilitation, presentation, written communication, as well as conflict management skills;
  • Ability to quickly build strategic relationships and influence customer behavior (internal and external)
  • Experience with sales teams and teams working remotely;
  • Ability to pass driving record background check (moving violations, accidents, License suspension, etc.); 
  • Position requires driving for the company that may fall under DOT/FMCSA jurisdiction. This may entail the hauling of trailers, product, supplies or equipment in a safe manner.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Master's degree in Agronomy.


Domestic relocation may be available for this position.




Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and want to impact our mission Science for a better life, we encourage you to apply now. Be part of something bigger. Be you. Be Bayer. 
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. 

IMPORTANT NOTE for POTENTIAL US CANDIDATES: Bayer active employees are required to disclose their vaccination status and if fully vaccinated, provide proof of vaccination status before participating in approved activities for fully vaccinated employees. Bayer defines fully vaccinated in alignment with CDC which is two weeks after completing the two-dose vaccine regimen or two weeks after completing the one-dose regimen. Additionally, if candidates are invited on site as visitors for in person interviews, they must provide proof of being vaccinated and comply with all safety protocols.  
Location: Residence Based     
Division: Crop Science    
Reference Code: 470601     
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Job Post Date: 08/29/21
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