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Field Production Manager, Agriculture, Lubbock, TX

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Location: Lubbock, Texas, South-West United States, USA
Company: Bayer CropScience
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Open Til: 19-Mar-12
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Crop Protection/Chemicals
Career Type: Management / Manager
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: Competitive

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Bayer CropScience (BCS) is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology. With our headquarters in Monheim, Germany, Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of about 17,900, and is represented in more than 120 countries. BCS is structured into six Business Operations units: four regional crop protection units and two units responsible for Environmental Science and BioScience – offering an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture as well as for non-agricultural applications. SW Regional US Cotton Supply We offer a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefit programs. In addition to a competitive base salary, you will be eligible for an array of innovative rewards and recognition programs, variable pay and incentive opportunities as well as benefits coverage beginning on your first day of employment. We are committed to helping our employees maintain a healthy balance between their responsibilities at work and home. You will be eligible for paid time off programs, paid company holidays, flexible work options and numerous site conveniences. We are also committed to supporting your professional development through career ladders, training programs, tuition assistance and professional association events.

If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, we encourage you to explore how you can make a difference at Bayer by applying now.

To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes. The primary responsibility of this role is to ensure supply demands are met and the quality of the seed received at sites meet all quality standards set forth by the Supply Chain Team. Key emphasis placed on meeting goals of annual crop plan, timely reports of activity, and maintaining grower and gin relationships.

The incumbent will: • Lead, guide, and direct gins and growers to achieve best quality planting seed based on quality standards to meet Supply Chain goals. • Work with Regional Manager and Site Manager to ensure seed movements to site are scheduled and communication has been made to the gins and to site QA team and Site Manager. • Conduct field inspections for isolation, purity testing, quality issues, and presence of cockleburs. • Determine crop progress and submit forecast to Regional Manager and Supply Chain Manager, so adjustments to crop plan can be made if needed. • Furnish a weekly activity report to the Regional Manager. • Prepare the Annual Operation Plan (AOP) budget for fields operations. • Secure necessary acreages to secure bulk tons needed based on crop plan while spreading production risk and minimizing cost. • Perform preliminary quality tests on bulk seed at gin to minimize freight cost on seed that does not meet quality standards. Notify QA Supervisor, Site Manager and Regional Manager. • Manage grower contracts by ensure grower contracts have been written, payments checked for accuracy, signed by both parties and entered into SAP. • Map all fields planted within the gin group to ensure lots can be tracked back to the original source. • Assist Site Management in movement of fuzzy seed from other Bayer sites to meet site demands. • Responsible for writing personal incentive goals and submitting to Regional Manager. • Work with Regional Manager to track field budgets to help reduce cost. • Attend and participate in monthly safety training, tool box meetings and work safely and follow all safety policies. • Assist as needed in site operations or other assignments as directed by management. • Local travel required, approximately 75%, overnight travel, minimal. The selected candidate is required to possess the following: • B.S. degree in the field of agronomy, seed science, plant science, agricultural economics, or a related discipline. • Two to five years of experience in cotton production/ research, seed production/quality assurance, or agribusiness. • Ability to control cost and prepare budgets associated with the Annual Operation Plan. • Knowledge of cotton production systems. • Critical/logical thinking ability. • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with all levels of personnel. • Well developed verbal and written communication skills. • Proficiency with personal computers, ability to use Excel, Word, LotusNotes and data base management. • Safe driving record.

Preferred Qualifications • Masters Degree or Ph.D. degree in the field of agronomy, seed science, plant science, agricultural economics, or a related discipline. • 5-10+ years of experience in cotton production/ research, seed production/quality assurance, or agribusiness. • Indepth or advanced knowledge of cotton production systems. • Highly developed or advanced negotiating skills. • SAP knowledge.