Job Title:Agronomist - Central Minnesota & Northern Wisconsin Location:st cloud, MN, Mid-West United States, USA Company:Syngenta Industry Sector:Agribusiness Industry Type:Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed and Biotechnology Career Type:Accounting/Finance/Asset Management Job Type:Full Time Minimum Years Experience Required:N/A Salary:Competitive
About Syngenta Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. Purpose The Golden Harvest Seed Agronomist will: Be the product and technology expert for both corn and soybean seed in the assigned commercial unit, both for Syngenta and competitive products. Lead product training process for Internal/External employees and customers of Golden Harvest Evaluate experimental trials to aid in training the sales force on new product launches, and to be able to provide marketing input into product advancements Provide input on production planning and portfolio, representing assigned district Sharpen competitive intelligence on pricing and products Support product based campaign development in the district Provides localized and targeted product, technology and agronomic information and advice to DM, Sales Reps, channel partners, customers and prospects. Promotes Syngenta products at meetings, field days, and one on one. Provides guidance and as needed direct involvement in handling service calls. Supports and coordinates plot locations and entries in the assigned area, analyzes and interprets data for promotional use and is the pivot point for Syngenta story amplification in local areas. ***Please note that the preferred location is Central Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin. ***Preferred cities include: Minneapolis, MN, St Cloud, MN, or Eau Claire, WI.Accountabilities Represent Product Management as needed on a local level to provide product knowledge and product expertise, both internally and externally Obtain buy-in from Commercial Operations on local portfolio direction and strategiesManage the District product life cycle: Recommend products for commercial advancement in conjunction with R&D and Product Evaluation. Provide product and portfolio needs that exist in a given geography to Product Managers & R&D o Provide direction on needed testing environments, including possible cooperators, to R&D Trialing and Product Evaluation in order to get experimental data on all relevant environments within a given commercial unit. Recommend commercial and competitive checks for experimental trials in order to make the best advancement decisions possible. Provide local expertise to Product Managers on production planning and pricing. Teach and develop the agronomic skills of Sales Representatives, Retail Seed re-sellers and growers Call on customers with representatives and serve as a role model, teacher and coach to sales representatives and Retailers Provide agronomic support and advice to growers and prospects and manage direct selling activities when necessary Member of the District team Key interface with Campaign team Partner with Sales Reps to plan strategies to effectively compete with competitor products utilizing working knowledge of those products. Continue to develop professionally by remaining current with new technologies, management innovations and sales management developments
Qualifications Critical knowledge Masters in Agronomy or related field required. 2+ years experience preferred Deep knowledge of the seed industry Basic understanding of marketing principles and techniques Strong written and oral communication skills Understanding of statistical principals and data analysis Significant technical knowledge of product portfolio, product pipeline and product value propositions. Agronomic theory knowledge of farming best practices, seed technologies, crop protection. Understanding of segmentation strategy and priorities Critical experience 2+ years of experience in Agronomy or sales as well as strong technical background or 2+ years of experience in R&D role with strong understanding of sales/commercial aspects Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities Problem solving skills e.g. ability to diagnose issues with product performance and provide recommendations Theoretical / practical sales knowledge e.g., what to say and do depending on grower, dealer or retailer needs and unique situation Customer facing skills: manage relationship, build trust, and offer support Self-management and prioritization skills; balance time across sales reps and accounts in assigned geographic region. Teaching / communication skills: ability to communicate highly technical information to growers, sales reps and accounts in a manner that is easily understandable Excellent computer/analytic skills in Windows including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook Strong ability to transform trials and data into collateral that will leverage sales with Syngenta Products Knowledge and proficiency in digital ag and utilization of digital platforms to support seed sales and product positioning Ability to manage data spatially & create inference from it Critical leadership capabilities Trusted Customer-Focused Communicative Team-Oriented Innovative Foresight & conflict resolution Critical success factors & key challenges Exhibited leadership amongst sales team and technical peers Actively pursues coaching and training of sales reps, channel partners and other assignees Creates professional and successful working environment with Sales Reps, District Managers and other key Syngenta personnel Takes timely and effective action to optimize sales opportunities or challenges Have understanding of internal Syngenta systems Successful and productive internal and external network Additional information 20% of work performed in a standard / home office environment 80% of work performed in vehicle, at meetings and in field locations with employees, co-workers, customers and other associates Ability to work irregular hours, days, evenings and sometimes weekends Ability to travel by car and occasionally plane Participate and be recognized as leader in Ag industry and sales Proven track record of successfully completing projects All applicants must be eligible to work in the US. Internal Candidates: Two years in current position preferred. Candidates who have been in their current position a minimum of one year will be considered if they have the approval of their current business unit leader and hiring unit leader. . . Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status
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