Trialing & Nursery Operations Manager

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.
Please Note: Role located in Clinton IL, relocation assistance available.
Role purpose
The purpose of the Station Trialing Manager role is to manage nursery and yield trial projects on behalf of multiple scientists and projects, ensuring they are completed timely, accurately and in the most cost effective manner. This is measured by reliability of seed production, precision of yield trials, and budget efficiency.
1. Personnel Management of site support staff
Recruit, hire, train and manage direct reports
Continuous improvement of direct reports through IPMs, training, and mentoring
Recruit and manage seasonal staff
2. Oversee station activities to assure that department standards and timelines are met for packaging, planting, agronomic management and harvesting of:
In season nurseries
Seed multiplication and hybrid / variety makeup
High quality yield trials, including location selection and data analysis
3. Align resource and work plans within your Station
Work with your Regional Trialing Lead to assure Demand and Resources are well balanced within your Station
4. Manage Operating Budgets within your Station within expected guidelines
5. Identify and support capital needs within your Station that are financially responsible and improve Trialing efficiency / quality
6. Identify and plan for synergies within your Station that maximize cross-crop testing and evaluation
7. Research Site Management Responsibilities (applies to Trailing Managers that are also Site Managers)
Building, grounds and land maintenance
Coordinate field days, site tours, and demo plots
Manage all on-station and off-station farming operations associated with the site, for multiple functional areas, to insure all crop culture operations are administered in a timely manner to optimize crop growth and development
8. Support and model a Station culture that meets or exceeds the Syngenta standards for HSES and Stewardship
Knowledge, experience & capabilities
Critical knowledge
A thorough knowledge of the breeding and testing process and requirements.
Understanding of testing environments and impact on product evaluation and line selection.
General understanding of field, road and lab equipment utilization.
A good understanding of cultural practices (e.g., weed control, soil fertility practices).
Critical experience
Bachelor's degree or higher & 5 years experience in field research preferred
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and motivate staff and teams
Demonstrated ability in field research process management
Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities
Excellent organizational and planning skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to effectively function as a team member in cross functional activities.
Excellent problem solving skills.
Ability to establish priorities and oversee multiple research activities simultaneously at peak work periods.
Strong management skills, with the ability to manage a wide variety of crop operations and diverse individuals.
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EEO statement must be added to all job descriptions
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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