Regional Agronomy Lead

Description

Job Overview:

We are seeking a Regional Agronomy Manager to support and lead a team of Field Agronomists who conduct late state evaluation trials as well as serve as a resource for our customers and commercial teams. A split role between research and customer interaction will be an essential part of our commercialization team, bridging our research and discovery team and the growers we seek to support.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify the agronomic needs in assigned geographical area, including building location specific protocols 
  • Complete agronomic needs assessment for assigned area
  • Provide regional leadership to Field Agronomists in geographical area 
  • Establish a collaborator network, including consultants, to universities
  • Trial execution and development – help conduct and identify/enroll/monitor/manager external partners or additional staff members in running protocols   
  • Responsible for all aspects of coordination and execution of late-stage field trials; location identification, grower/cooperator contracts, trial planting, in-season trial maintenance, harvesting and data collation
  • Interact regularly with early adopters for both product evaluation and product support
  • Support and facilitate commercial activities including product placement, marketing support, and sales staff training
  • Develop and maintain relationships with current and future customers for product validation in existing and future product lines
  • Develop demo plots to support sales and marketing
  • Develop and maintain relationships with research and discovery colleagues to help steward current products and introduce new products
  • Provide written agronomy research summaries that can be used to support product management, positioning, and field sales training
  • Regularly integrate emerging technology tools for evaluation of products as well as grower demonstrations
  • Travel up to 40% of the time

Required skills, experience:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy or related field plus at least eight years’ field research experience required.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead a team of individual contributors
  • Field research planning, trial design and statistical analysis
  • Strong background in agricultural field research and solid understanding of agricultural products including plant nutrition, biologicals, crop protection chemicals and adjuvants/surfactants
  • Strong practical knowledge of and experience with chemical applications, data capture/entry
  • Ability to incorporate technology tools and systems (remote sensing, aerial imagery etc. into R&D trail work.  Willingness to run proof of concept experiments with emerging technology tools (i.e., novel sensors).
  • Ability to engage/present in customer field days, meetings, as well as certain company events
  • Strong fertilizer and fertility knowledge from products, applications, practices and crop need.
  • Fluent in understanding and ability to educate on nitrogen and nitrogen management.
  • Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions, i.e., heat, humidity, rain, cold, etc. for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces.
  • Must be able to drive or ride in a vehicle for long periods of time.
  • Seasonally the workday may be expanded to allow for tasks to be completed.
  • Must be able to repetitively lift up to 40 lbs.

**MUST BE AUTHORIZED TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES

What we offer:

  • Competitive package in a disruptive startup
  • Stock options
  • Health/Dental/Vision insurance with employer-paid premiums
  • Life, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability policies
  • Employee Assistance Program with free referrals and discounts
  • 401(k) plan, 3% Match
  • Commuter benefits
  • Annual Training & Development support
  • Flexible vacation policy with a generous holiday schedule
  • Exciting opportunity to work with a talented and fun team