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Agronomic Research Specialist

Saint Louis, MO

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Twenty years from now, the earth’s population will need 55% more food than it can produce now. 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 centralized seed processing center in Hazelwood, MO to join a growing team focused on delivering high quality research seed within the Global Breeding organization. The Agronomic Research Specialist reports to the local Seed Center Lead and supports seed processing, packaging and distribution within Monsanto's broad field testing network.  
The successful candidate will have interactions with Global Breeding personnel across the globe including multi-crop interactions spanning corn, soybeans, cotton, and wheat, as well as with breeders, scientists, automation engineers, and software developers. In addition, this role will have the opportunity to work with cutting edge proprietary seed processing and packaging technology.
Primary oversight of seed processing operations on site ensuring quality, accuracy and timely delivery to field testing hubs globally
Support Seed Center Lead in capacity management, forecasting, and prioritization of seed processing and delivery
Ensure execution of processing protocols as defined in partnership with breeders, scientists, and field testing teams
Manage seed and trial inventory and distribution and coordinate physical seed movement between North America field testing hubs and to/from winter seed production locations, including locations outside of the United States
Supplies forecasting and procurement of material and supplies
Provide process improvement leadership for existing and future workflows to drive continuous improvement
Training and supervision of temporary employees
Collaborate with developers to provide software requirements for machine and process control (automation)
Accountable for quality control and continual assessment of processes against established key performance metrics
Perform safety inspections, and assist in providing safety training and guidance to field personnel. Participate with the team to successfully maintain the Quality Management Standards
Required Skills/Experience:
Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Plant and Soil Science, Agricultural Systems Management, Mechanized Systems Management, Agricultural Systems Technology, Supply Chain Management Logistics, or related field
Strong computer skills related to data capture, organization and analysis
Strong foresight, planning, prioritization and organization skills
Ability to quickly identify and troubleshoot problems
Demonstrated effective written and oral communication
Ability to work extended hours during peak operational seasons
Ability to work effectively with interdisciplinary teams and demonstrate leadership
Knowledge of research-scale seed processing equipment and best practices
Familiarity with plant breeding methodologies
Desired Education and Skills/Experience:
Masters of Science Degree
Familiarity with breeding methodologies
Experience leading large crews
Broad knowledge of crop production and farming practices
MO Pesticide applicator license (or ability to obtain)
Knowledge of process improvement principles such as LEAN and/or Six Sigma
GLB Breeding - TPD Mgmt
Agronomic Research Specialist
North America-USA-Missouri-St. Louis
Requisition ID:
Research & Development
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