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Product Placement Scientist - Eastern Corn Belt (IL, IN, OH)

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Job Title: Product Placement Scientist - Eastern Corn Belt (IL, IN, OH)
Location: Clinton, IL, Midwest United States, USA
Company: Syngenta
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed and Biotechnology
Career Type: Scientist
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 humanitys 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.

About Us:

Through leading innovations, we help farmers around the world meet the challenge of feeding a growing population and taking care of our planet. We are currently seeking a Product Placement Scientist (PPS) to support the Eastern Corn Belt of the US, primarily encompassing parts of the Midwest such as IN, OH, and IL. As a Product Placement Scientist, you will identify, characterize, and position new corn products in the market. The PPS role is the technical expert for late stage R&D product evaluation and training stakeholders on the new additions to the Syngenta portfolio. You will help meet the worlds most pressing needs by implementing the product selection process for target markets as a member of the Product Selection Team. If you do not already reside in the Midwest, full relocation benefits will be provided. It is required that the PPS be based in this territory.


  • Recommend and promote products across late stages of development in support of the Product Promotion Committee (PPC) process that builds the commercial portfolio.

  • Coordinate late stage trialing protocol including trial entry selection and design

  • Consider placement of advanced stage trials internally and externally (if applicable) that align to target markets environments.

  • Coordinate and evaluate field and lab phenotypic note collection on product selection trials.

  • Collect, examine, and summarize high quality data for promotion considerations.

  • Deliver technical data and marketing information to the Product Management team including Agronomic ratings and performance information relative to the commercial portfolio / industry, headline and bullet statements highlighting the features / benefits, and detailed product positioning information.

  • Engage with the commercial business to provide expertise to support new product launches and to ensure proper product placement.

  • Contribute to the training of the local sales teams

  • Engage in meetings and field days with key customers to represent Syngenta products and Seeds Product Development.

  • Support delivery of germplasm across the stage plan by working closely with Breeding Project teams to promote products from early to advanced stage testing aligned with Target Product Profiles.

  • Review product and technology needs to provide direction on early pipeline support and provide performance data and information from late stage through commercial to improve new breeding starts.

  • Support Trait Introgression and Delivery aligned with business needs across late stages and identify / prioritize materials to be converted.

  • Engage in cross functional teams to develop models to leverage data science to deliver new insights through high throughput technologies and clearly convey data needs with other data scientist and software programmers

  • Provide insight through machine learning, data mining and predictive scientific techniques.



  • Bachelors Degree in Plant Breeding or related field

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in plant breeding in either a commercial or academic setting

  • Background in two or more of the following areas: plant breeding, statistics, plant biology/pathology/botany, agronomy, marker assisted breeding techniques, data science.

  • In-depth knowledge of quantitative genetics, statistics and field design, plant biology, agronomy data science techniques for big data.

  • Project management in a team-oriented atmosphere.

  • Ability to generate reports/charts/summary tables to communicate results and progress

  • Ability to mentor and motivate others to high performance

  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency with MS Office and corporate software.

  • Ability to effectively organize, manage and assign workload of multiple tasks in order to meet project goals and deadlines

  • Adjust workload plans and resource allocations based on new direction in a changing environment

  • Ability to manage resources to achieve targets while remaining within the budget
Preferred Requirements:

  • PhD in Plant Breeding is preferred
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 year

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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Job Post Date: 05/09/20
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