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Supply Technician 3_3 Job - #1734070A0

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Location: Washington, Iowa, Mid-West United States, USA
Company: Syngenta
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Open Til: 18-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: Production & Supply
Function: Corn & Soybean Production
City: Washington
State/Province: Iowa [IA]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: Supply Technician 3_3
Job ID: 2858

Role Purpose/Accountabilities:
To produce a reliable supply of high quality seed by executing production plant tasks assigned by Plant Management. Manage seed receiving and conditioning equipment operations to insure that all seed is properly handled and conditioned so the highest quality seed will be packaged to meet sale demands. To monitor all plant equipment and keep in good state of repair through a preventive maintenance schedule. During growing season will be assigned production area to monitor seed quality through field inspections and record keeping. Assist site maintenance manager in making repairs and improvements to plant equipment. Foster an operational culture founded on HSE and process improvement.

Accountabilities: Tasks may include but not limited to Corn and/or Soybean:
Sizer/Gravity Operator, Bagger/Sewer Operator, Supervise Bagging Operations - Manage the bagging of product per instructions provided by plant management. Will need to know how bagging equipment works. Making sure all bagging supplies are available per instructions. Might manage certain amount of manpower. Oversee bagging crew to ensure product is packaged according to quality requirements. Enter daily bagging quality information on computer to update inventory.
Treater Operator
Area Manager- Assisting Agronomist with communicating and contracting acreage with growers, scouting fields for insects and diseases, organizing field inspections process.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience: Managing people/processes 25% to 75% of time
Involved in planning and contributes innovative ideas
Impacts financial aspects, product and service quality, contributes to overall safety
Requires some supervision and direction, typically less than 50% of time
High level internal interaction – minimal/moderate external interaction
Individual tasks may be complex at times, may require multiple job skills
Shall comply with all Syngenta and legal safety policies, identify, report and remediate if possible any unsafe acts or conditions within the facility.

Critical knowledge: :
Must be High School graduate or GED degree
An Agricultural background is also preferred but not required
Commercial Pesticide Applicators License preferred
CDL license may be required.

Critical Experience:
Minimum 2 years of seed industry experience preferred

Critical technical, professional & personal capabilities:
Experience in inventory, distribution processes and/or managing quality transactional data in SAP may be preferred in some locations.
Excellent communication skills to work well with co-workers on plant tasks and in field production management with farmer growers
Excellent organization skills to plan out work and conditioning schedules that will best utilize the plant and receiving storage capacities.
Good writing and math skills.
Team orientated to work with everyone at the plant to successfully complete work schedule and to accomplish safety targets. To work together on in-bound seed into receiving storage and with bagging supervisor on bin space available to condition seed into.
PC and business software skills. Willingness to learn SAP if necessary.
Supervisory skills
Trusted - Will need to make good sound judgment calls in regards to seed quality management that will be for the best interest of the company. Results-Oriented
Innovative - To always look to implement new procedures or technologies to improve work efficiencies
Detail/Accuracy Oriented - All procedures and policies must be understood and followed. Data entry into data management systems must be accurate due to decisions being made by other departments based on the information given
Ability to adapt to changing environmental/situational needs such as rain, snow storms and very cold temperatures that can affect the scheduling and operation of the plant
Ability to make timely, effective decisions Ability to remain flexible and responsive when faced with multiple urgent requests due to change in schedule because of weather or variety changes
Self Motivated
Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges: COGP Targets
Quality Targets
Achieve annual HSE targets
Learn and understand operation and set-up procedures of conveying equipment, elevator legs, air screen cleaner, spirals, sizing equipment and gravity tables used in seed conditioning.
Become knowledgeable of Syngenta quality standards that are to be achieved with conditioning and seed clean-down procedures used between variety changes to eliminate cross variety contamination
Perform and record quality checks on seed at receiving area and during conditioning process
Help with maintenance and repair to plant equipment
Manage assigned field production area in summer and fall performing field inspections
Operate forklift in a safe and proper manner
Help in other areas of the plant, warehouse, and production as workload requires.

Critical Leadership capabilities:
Good communication skills
Senses and adapts to the changing environment to achieve excellence in delivery
Detail/Accuracy Oriented

Additional Information:
Travel requirement & other information:
Must be able to read reports, write legibly, posses good math and computer skills.
Must be able to lift up to 70 lbs.
Must be able to walk or stand or sit for extended periods of time.
Climb ladders and stairs in plant and storage bins
To work outside at different height levels on storage bins and elevator legs.

Noisy dusty environments in plant during operations and seed clean down procedures
Longer hours during spring and fall peak seasonal times
Hot or cold conditions
Must be able to work in field under adverse conditions

Have valid driver license.
A minimum of 2 years in current position is required (requirement for internal applicants only)
All applicants must be eligible to work in the US.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.