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Trait Assessment Lead

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Job Title: Trait Assessment Lead
Location: Stanton, MN, Midwest 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. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.


About Us

At Syngenta, we believe every employee has a role to play in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. To support that challenge, the North America Traits is currently seeking a Trait Assessment Lead, to be located in Stanton, MN


Role Purpose

    Lead the North America Trait Assessment team, group of pathologist and entomologist scientists, to deliver phenotypic evaluation and analysis for all trait indications, linked to regional field crop germplasm development and trait target profiles. This includes providing data points and technical input for routine and discovery purposes in laboratory, greenhouses, growth rooms and field studies. Collaboratively develop disease and plant pest-resistance strategy, including phenotyping and resource plans, working closely with Trait Assessment team members, germplasm development leads, discovery project leads, product selection leads, and product marketing, depending on stage of development.  Manage regional planning of tests/trials routine and discovery for various pathology and entomology platforms.  Ensure accurate data collection, analyses, and reporting to stakeholders by those responsible for the task, including both internal team members and external experts as required.  Collaborate with regional SD operations to ensure relevant site and field-based support for TA activities. Provide and develop expertise in assessment of plant response to pathogens/pests and in developing new screening protocols to facilitate necessary phenotyping to meet project needs


    Manage group of pathology and entomology experts to evaluate field crop insect, disease, and nematode control traits in projects across Syngenta, and ensure team delivers on-time, high-quality disease and pest phenotyping results to project teams and product marketing stakeholders, enabling project and product success.  Manage development of individuals with Trait Assessment team to meet personal development goals and strengthen skills and competencies within trait assessment capability. Ensure people development and increase the efficiency of operations in area of responsibility. Drive Trait Assessment strategy and activities aligned with field crop germplasm development and trait target profiles. Define resources and infrastructure needed to deliver trait Assessment objectives. Forecast and tension phenotyping demand in collaboration with stakeholders. Manage Trait Assessment resources and ensure on-budget delivery. Ensure field crops are evaluated against prioritized / resourced diseases and pests, and ensure timely, high quality results are provided enabling successful science driven advancement product placement decision-making. Review analyses and results of team members, and sometimes independently analyses and interpret data pertinent to the project scope. Drive fit for purpose implementation of new technologies, methods and processes for Trait Assessment. Cooperate with team members and stakeholders to research on and/or scout for new phenotyping tools / methods and sources of resistance against high priority and emerging pests and diseases. Ensure team members maintain disease and pest screening data and protocols in dedicated databases SPIRIT, RELIANCE, Bench ling, etc., according to team specifications and expectations. Perform all activities in accordance with the Syngenta Health, Safety, Environmental Policy, our Asset Management policy and Quality Management/Stewardship guidelines


    PhD and a minimum of five years’ experience leading R&D teams in a global breeding company.  Expert knowledge of at least one of following sciences; plant pathology, crop pests, diseases, physiology or trait assessment platforms. Good understanding of other trait assessment sciences for which he is not an expert. Ability to rapidly adapt to change in projects, personnel, leadership, etc., and develop adjusted plans to continue to deliver good and timely results. Flexibility to engage actively and contribute both physically and intellectually on overall group activities to meet project timelines & business needs Domestic travel of approximately 10 – 20% is typically required and international travel may be required Effective communication skills to keep stakeholders and participants informed, engaged, and aware of progress and setbacks / mitigation plans. Organizational and people motivational skills to encourage, lead, and challenge diverse team to deliver solid phenotyping results to projects / stakeholders, enabling timely launch and good placement of pest/disease resistant products to customers. Applied experience in delivering quality trial, assay data and data analytics to enable clear decisions on trait or line performance. A proven track record of leading teams of different Trait Assessment disciplines to achieve goals Plant pathogen and pest insect phenotyping techniques – lab, GH, and field, data handling, especially in field corn and / or soybeans.  Basic statistics, data handling, results summarization, and reporting proficiency. Applied scientific thinking, good communication skills, and professionalism for working in a multicultural, global Seeds team and across R&D and Sales/Commercial. 

Preferred Requirements

    Ability to recruit, motivate, and maintain effective teams Ability to influence and to gain support Skilled in English conversation, technical writing, and reading Ability to quickly troubleshoot and understand problems, and to assess and resolve them Basic project planning skills are beneficial

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: 09/04/21
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