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R&D Manager – Vero Beach Research Center, Biological Research and Development Job - #1542354A3

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Location: Vero Beach, Florida, South United States, USA
Company: Syngenta
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Open Til: 17-Mar-12
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Agronomy
Career Type: General
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: Competitive

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Division: Crop Protection
Function: Research & Product Development
City: Vero Beach
State/Province: Florida [FL]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: R&D Manager – Vero Beach Research Center, Biological Research and Development
Job ID: 2699

Role Purpose/Accountabilities:

- Provide leadership and development opportunities for an experienced R&D team at the Vero Beach Research Center (VBRC).
- Coordinate and deliver R&D program assigned to the VBRC.
- Manage personnel, facilities, and funding resources assigned to the VBRC.
- Ensure an effective partnership with SBI, Technical Asset Lead’s, Product Biology, and Global Technical Mangers – including Stage 1 testing support.
- Service as a North American resource to support the field testing program – i.e. screening to refine field trial treatment lists -- greenhouse, growth chamber and laboratory support – plus root cause product issue investigations.
- Provide sales support to the Commercial Units.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of PE strategies to effectively deliver new active ingredients and traits for commercialization
- Create an environment which fosters innovation, creativity and empowerment.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

Critical knowledge:
- Ph.D. degree in an Agricultural Science preferred.
- Crop and pest trialing practices.

Critical experience:
- Experience in crop protection and/or pest management research that demonstrates broad understanding of how to connect development opportunities and business needs. Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and motivate staff to function as a high performing team.

Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities:
- Excellent leadership, people management, teamwork and communication skills needed. Ability to challenge the status quo and work with NA and Global colleagues to develop and implement strategic initiatives for the PE organization.

Syngenta Core Dimensions
- Innovative – we generate innovative solutions; we challenge the status quo and push boundaries; we try different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities
- Decisive – we draw conclusions and choose a timely course of action based on relevant facts, constraints and probable consequences
- Communicative – we clearly convey information and ideas; we encourage open and continuous communication; we are keen to listen and learn
- Trusted – we develop and maintain an environment of openness, trust and integrity; we gain the confidence of our stakeholders
- Team-Oriented – we actively participate as members of a team to move the team toward completion of goals; we collaborate effectively across organizational boundaries
- Results-Oriented – we deliver on our commitments; we set aspirational goals and work tenaciously to reach or exceed them

Other Dimensions Critical for the Role
- Coaching
- Contributing to Team Success
- Developing Others
- Information Monitoring
- Managing Conflict
- Negotiation
- Technical/Professional Knowledge

Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges:
- Strong people management skills.
- Clear expectation and objective setting.
- Strong communication skills -- ability and willingness to interaction with colleagues inside and outside PE, e.g. with stake holders.

Additional Information:

- Travel Requirements of 25%-35%
- Two years current position preferred. Candidates who have been in their current position a minimum of one year will be considered if they have the approval of their current business unit leader and hiring business unit leader.
- All applicants must be eligible to work in the US.