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Production Specialist II Job - #1514625A5

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Location: Alva, Florida, South United States, USA
Company: Syngenta
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Open Til: 16-Apr-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: Lawn & Garden
Function: Supply Chain
City: Alva
State/Province: Florida [FL]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: Production Specialist II
Job ID: 2629

Role Purpose/Accountabilities:
Execute outlined growing procedures and process for Syngenta asters and chrysanthemums to deliver quality cuttings that meet customer requirements on a consistent basis.


- Visually inspect assigned growing area minimum one time per week. Area assignment is usually 5 to 15 acres.
- Monitor water and fertility needs of mum and aster crop for all stages of crop from unrooted cuttings to mature stock plants.
- Monitor soil and fertilizer E.C. conditions and adjust based on established criteria and computer control systems.
- Monitor and diagnosis crop for insect and disease issues. Respond in compliance with IPM and WPS practices.
- Implement weekly plant growth regulator crop model, insect and disease control strategies and weed control.
- Maintain proper pinch schedules to insure “on time” cutting harvest.
- Responsible for physical integrity of growing equipment and structures and have in proper working order.
- Supervise and instruct assigned hourly employee (usually 1-8 people) to daily tasks.
- Conduct field trials to improve on current practices.
- Frost Water and Weekend work will be required.

Core to All Roles
- Adherence to all applicable HSE and other corporate policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Assist in presenting of all safety training classes.
- Ensure all equipment is properly calibrated and routinely inspected.
- Supervise employees and other third party personnel as required.
- Perform other duties as required to meet plant or site needs.
- Actively support an image that reflects the highest regard for cleanliness and organization
- Balance KPI’s to meet the annual improvement objectives

Multiplication Order Processing Role
Processing and Distribution Logistics Role
New Materials Coordination Role
Office Administration Role

Work conditions will be in an outside environment in a sandy soil setting. 80% will be field work with 20% office work. Outside environment will be in all types of weather situations, mostly warm and humid.

Position Leveling:

Level I:
- Acquires and applies job skills and company policy and procedures to complete both routine and a variety of tasks.
- Works on assignments that are routine to semi-routine in nature where ability to recognize deviation from accepted practice may be required.
- Normal receives general instructions on routine work, detailed instructions on new assignments.
- Typically requires 2-3 years related experience. Prefer 5 years horticulture experience
- High school diploma or equivalent required.
- Technical training and certifications preferred
- AA degree preferred.

Level II:
- Applies job skills and company policies to complete a wide range of difficult to complex tasks in creative and effective ways.
- Works on assignments moderate to complex in nature where judgment and initiative are required in resolving problems and making recommendations.
- Normally receives no instructions on routine work, general instructions on new assignments. May determine methods and procedures on new assignments and provide guidance to seasonal or non-exempt personnel.
- Typically requires a minimum of 3 – 6 years related experience.
- Requires high school diploma or equivalent.
- Technical training and certifications preferred.
- AA degree preferred.

Level III:
- Uses ability as a skilled specialist to contribute in development of concepts and techniques and to complete tasks in creative and effective ways.
- Works on assignments that are extremely complex in nature where independent action and a high degree of initiative are required in resolving problems and developing recommendations.
- Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new assignments and may supervise the activities of other non-exempt personnel.
- Typically requires 6+ years of related experience.
- 1-2 years related supervisory experience.
- Requires high school diploma or equivalent.
- Technical training and certifications preferred.
- BS degree preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

Critical knowledge:
- B.S. degree in horticulture or other agriculture related discipline.
- 5 years growing experience beneficial.
- See table above

Critical experience:
- Familiarity with IPM and WPS requirements.
- Spanish fluency desirable.
- Familiarity with Insecticides and Fungicides used in greenhouses
- See table above

Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities:
- Understanding of Vapor deficient concept and its use in mist and irrigation control.
- Working knowledge of WPS requirements and applications
- Knowledge of MS Office functions and use of spreadsheets. Basic computer skills.
- Obtain Florida pesticide license within 6 months of hire
- Soil fumigation techniques. Obtain applicator license for Midas within 3 months of hire.
- Cutting propagation experience desirable.

Critical leadership capabilities
LT 1 LT 2 LT 3
Competency Level Competency Level Competency Level
Results Oriented Results Oriented 3 Results Oriented
Customer oriented Customer oriented 3 Customer oriented
Flexibility Flexibility 2 Flexibility
Professionalism Professionalism 3 Professionalism
Team work Team work 3 Team work
Communication skills Communication skills 2 Communication skills
Knowledge & development Knowledge & development 2 Knowledge & development

Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges:
- Ability to maintain and execute established procedures.
- Problem solving abilities—especially related to disease expression symptoms on mums and asters.
- Being aware of current state of horticulture industry.
- Flexible work hours. Will require some weekend and night work.
- Work closely with operations team in weekly harvest of cuttings.
- Being a team player.
- Looking for ways and methods to continually improve current practices.
- Soil fumigation techniques.

Additional Information:

Ability to walk in sandy soil. Work in outdoor environment in various weather situations including frost/freeze conditions.
Ability to carry 25 lbs for up to 15 minutes.
May be required to lift 70 lbs. occasionally. Must be able to wear respirator.