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Job Title: Grower
Location: Alva, FL, South 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
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About Syngenta Flowers Syngenta Flowers is one of the largest wholesale breeders of flower seed and cuttings in the world developing and producing flower seeds and cuttings for growers internationally. Syngenta Flowers is dedicated to the breeding of innovative flower varieties that offer outstanding performance in the professional greenhouse, at retail, in the landscape and in the home garden. In addition to best-in-class genetics, we support industry professionals with outstanding customer service, in-depth cultural information, flexible and exciting marketing programs, and a deep understanding of plants from many points of view.

Please Note: Position located in Alva, FL - Syngenta relocation benefits available.


Role purpose
Execute outlined growing procedures and process to deliver quality cuttings that meet customer requirements on a consistent basis. Responsible for the growing and crop culture of assigned crops. Provide strong hands-on technical skills and knowledge of horticulture crop production to produce the highest quality cuttings. Work in collaboration with all teams on site to implement growing protocols and be able to communicate with farm leadership team.
Accountabilities
Responsible for all aspects of growing of assigned crops and NPI grown at Syngenta Alva farm in close cooperation with other growers and production manager. Guide and direct the growing process for assigned crops and be able to conduct several trials. Responsible for propagation, irrigation, fertilizer, plant growth regulator application, crop maintenance. Work with IMP and pathology departments on monitoring and diagnosis of insect and disease in compliance with WPS practices. Work with operations team to resolve growing issues and deliver the highest quality products. Responsible to program and monitor the environmental control computer as per the crop requirements Manage crop nutrients standards and interpret nutrient testing results to solve production problems and optimize growing conditions. Update internal growing protocols, procedures, processes and work instructions in collaboration with other team members based on the current production practices. Train and advise your team members on best growing practices, new learnings, and crop maintenance. Consistent crop walk with growing team to ensure the stock is grown according to plan and document action items or changes made. Proactively monitor and scout the stock for early detection of pests in concert with IPM. Responsible for physical integrity of growing equipment and structures. Supervise and instruct assigned employee to daily tasks. Weekend work will be required and frost patrol depending on weather conditions.Ensure all HSES and phytosanitary protocols are implemented, followed, and enforcedCore to All Roles
Adherence to all applicable HSE and other corporate policies, procedures and guidelines. Assist in presenting of all safety training classes. Ensure all equipment is properly calibrated and routinely inspected. Assist in development of a budget and the ability to execute. Monitor costs as necessary. Supervise employees and other third party personnel as required. Perform other duties as required to meet plant or site needs. Actively support an image that reflects the highest regard for cleanliness and organization Balance KPIs to meet the annual improvement objectives Ability to maintain and execute established procedures. Problem solving abilitiesespecially related to disease expression symptoms Being aware of current state of horticulture industry. Flexible work hours. Will require some weekend and night work. Work closely with operations team in weekly harvest of cuttings. Being a team player. Looking for ways and methods to continually improve current practices. Soil fumigation techniques.What We Offer: Full Benefit Package (Medical, Dental & Vision) that starts the same day you do 401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution Paid Vacation, 12 Paid Holidays, Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts among others A culture that promotes work/life balance, celebrates diversity and offers numerous family oriented events throughout the yearSyngenta 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.Syngenta Contact Information: If you need assistance during the application process, please contact the Service Desk at recruitment.na@syngenta.comFamily and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/posters/fmla.htm)Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC)(http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/firststep/poster_direct.htm)Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)(http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/posters/eppa.htm)


Skills:

Critical knowledge
Bachelor's degreeor higherin Horticulture, Agriculture, or related plant science is required. Knowledge of crop production, and growing cycles, Some growing experience and technical expertise in floriculture crop production is preferable. Capable of solving production problems and implementing new growing ideas that make business sense Some Experience in IPM is desirable Be able to create and update S&OP for growing process. Knowledge or familiarity with ornamental/Cutting production is preferable. Skills with Microsoft Suite of Office programs Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access. Must be Fluent in English, Spanish fluency is desirableCritical experience
Willing to work with a diverse workforce. Experience in working with horticultural crops. Labor management and some green house and field growing experience is preferable. Supervision and training skills.Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities
Ability to obtain Florida pesticide applicators license Some experience in horticulture practices Ability to train and translate technical information Excellent communication skills written/verbal, Spanish language skills helpful Proficient in basic computer programs e.g., Excel, Word, Outlook, SharePoint, Power Point, etc. Motivation and drive for continuous crop quality improvement and efficiency Very good team player Problem solving skills Extremely responsive Some Leadership skills Crop management

Additional information
All applicants must be eligible to work in the US. Approximately 95% working outdoors under various weather conditions and 5% office environment.Physical demands of the essential functions
Ability to walk in sandy soil. Work in outdoor environment in various weather situations. Ability to carry 25 lbs. for up to 15 minutes. May be required to lift 50 lbs. occasionally. Capable of working long hours during time-critical periods of the production season.Working conditions while performing essential functions
Field work is subject to field environment conditions. Outside environment will be in all types of weather situations, mostly warm and humid.

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Job Post Date: 08/30/19
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