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Head of Crop Protection Human Safety North America

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Job Title: Head of Crop Protection Human Safety North America
Location: Greensboro, NC, South United States, USA
Company: Syngenta
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology
Career Type: Researcher/Research & Development
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: Competitive
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About Syngenta

Syngenta is a global leader in agriculture; rooted in science and dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of our 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanity’s most pressing challenges: growing more food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace environment are enablers of our ambition to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture. Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. No matter what your position, you will have a vital role in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.

Role Purpose

  • Lead the CP Human Safety Platform in NA
  • Work closely with the NA Head CP Product Safety and Global Head of CP Human Safety to develop best in class technical capabilities in mammalian toxicology, residue science and human risk assessment in NA and leading Human Safety organization
  • Be accountable for delivery of NA Human Safety expertise to regional and global projects
  • Drive development of science strategies and technology foresight for emerging human safety science areas in NA
  • Work closely with global Human Safety and regional Product Safety to ensure development of coherent and credible science to gain and maintain product registrations


  • Provide strategic and tactical leadership to the CP Human Safety organization in NA region
  • Ensure delivery of human safety outputs to support business objectives in NA region
  • Develop human safety capabilities and capacity required to support business growth
  • Ensure succession plans and key talent individual development plans in place for all staff and when necessary effective recruitment strategies to ensure sustainable development of the platform
  • Proactively contribute to the strategic direction of NA CP Product Safety and Global CP Human Safety through membership on regional and global leadership teams
  • Ensure that the Syngenta purpose, values and leadership model are well understood, promoted, and modelled across the Product Safety organization
  • Provide technical leadership both internally and externally regionally and globally

Education and Experience

    Broad understanding of toxicology, exposure science and risk assessment associated with crop protection products to interact with internal and external stakeholders Must understand and comply with both regional and global requirements that are placed on the team and deliver according to the appropriate defined standards and priorities
  • Ability to manage highly complex work programs and drive the best outcome by effectively working with diverse regional and global internal stakeholders Regulatory & Stewardship, R&D, Product Technology & Engineering, Product Marketing, etc. and external partners CROs, consultancies, trade associations, scientific institutes, etc.
  • PhD in a scientific discipline relevant to human safety with 10 years of postgraduate relevant experience
  • Broad knowledge of the techno-regulatory environment including government authorities, academia and key influencers, capable of high-level judgement and influencing
  • Proven track record of effective leadership of a large group including team leads and senior technical staff
  • Proven ability to manage complexity and ambiguity and resolve business-critical issues in a collaborative manner
  • Skilled in gaining commitment of key reports and influencing both internal and external stakeholders in a credible way
  • Skilled in setting compelling strategies and effectively driving and managing change

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.

Family and Medical Leave Act FMLA

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's EEOC

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Job Post Date: 09/16/21
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