Monsanto Agronomic Research Specialist in WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa

Twenty years from now, the earth’s population will need 55% more food than it can currently produce.  Today, Monsanto is working with farmers around the world to do something about it.  In over 60 countries, Monsanto has established industry-leading products because we give professionals the freedom to make real decisions. Monsanto is an Employer of Choice with an outstanding professional development program and a history of building careers. Make an impact by joining the team that is working to solve one of mankind’s greatest challenges.

Monsanto is seeking a highly motivated Agronomic Research Specialist with the ability to work as part of a Global Seed Production (GSP) Team in Williamsburg IA.  The Agronomic Research Specialist will participate in all aspects in the production of seed. The individual will have the opportunity to assist in all phases of nursery seed production including seed packaging, planting, pollination, plot maintenance, volunteer monitoring, data collection, and harvest of nursery.  Additional responsibilities include supervision and training of temporary employees, active participation in site safety and QMS programs, and interacting on a professional level with personnel at other GSP sites, including breeders and scientists. This is an excellent opportunity to work with leading-edge technology and talented cross-functional teams that are driving to deliver the very best crop genetics across the globe.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the coordination/supervision of day-to-day GSP activities, including planting, note taking, plot maintenance, harvesting, seed processing, inventory management and distribution.

  • Support Nursery Lead in forecasting, prioritization and capacity management of the above operations.

  • Utilization of research equipment such as planters, combines, seed conditioners and hand-held devices.

  • Identifies and implements operational improvements, metrics tracking and best practices and participates in related networks for cross sharing

  • Interaction with scientists and breeders on and off site for project and protocol execution.

  • Perform safety inspections, and assist in providing safety training and guidance to personnel.

  • Recruit/Supervise and train temporary employees

  • Participate with the team to successfully maintain the Quality Management Standards

  • Assist in other projects and perform other duties as and when required

  • Occasional overnight travel for 2-3 day periods for training and other meetings are likely during the year

Required Education and Skills/Experience:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture, Industrial Technology, Supply Chain Management or a related field

  • At least 2-3 years of relevant field research experience from industry or academia

  • Ability to work extended hours during the peak planting, pollinating and harvest seasons

  • Experience utilizing MS Office Suite

  • Familiarity with mobile technology and applications used in agriculture

  • Ability to work effectively with a multidisciplinary team

  • Demonstrated ability to balance and prioritize tasks

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral

  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs

Desired Education and Skills/Experience:

  • Master's Degree in Agriculture or a related field 

  • Familiarity with breeding methodologies

  • Broad knowledge of crop production practices

  • Class A CDL (or ability to obtain)

  • Pesticide applicator license (or ability to obtain)

  • Knowledge of precision agriculture

Who is Monsanto?

Monsanto is an agriculture company with more than 20,000 employees focused on making a balanced meal accessible to everyone. We work to help farmers produce food in a more sustainable way. We think about how our food is grown so farmers have the tools they need to have better harvests.

We believe that bringing diverse perspectives together is the most effective way to develop creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Career opportunities at Monsanto range from farming, plant breeding, chemistry and engineering to marketing, environmental science, IT and many other areas. We’re always looking for exceptional professionals interested in developing a strong career while collaborating to develop solutions for sustainable agriculture. Sound like a job for you?

Why work with us?

  • Life at Monsanto means collaborating with dedicated professionals in a stimulating environment

  • Our people demonstrate our winning culture through positive and meaningful relationships

  • You will work with market leading brand products in a global organization

  • We provide competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and some of the best career development opportunities in the industry

  • Monsanto is named Great Place to Work in many countries around the world

Join our global team where your contribution will make a real difference!

Organization: GLB Breeding - NA Breeding Mgmt51078627_

Title: Agronomic Research Specialist

Location: North America-USA-Iowa-Williamsburg

Requisition ID: 01NZL

Job: Research & Development

Schedule: Full-time

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