Corteva Agriscience has an exciting opportunity for an Agronomy Manager serving the Delta. The Agronomy Manager will be responsible for leading the vision for Pioneer agronomy for the Commercial Units (CUs) in the southern part of the United States. In partnership with the CU Marketing Manager in assigned CUs, the Agronomy Manager will work with Agronomists and Agronomy Sciences team to align innovative use of agronomy on-farm trials results with sales and marketing efforts. This role will also support efforts for creation of agronomy training and help coordinate delivery of innovative product management content and learnings to field sales personnel.
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Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Initiate and execute agronomy research projects in support of CU agronomy and sales priorities. Projects need to be focused and aligned with product strategy and product knowledge efforts.
- Serve as key contact with US Agronomy Sciences for US on-farm studies such as Technology Advancement Trials (TAT), and Large Field studies.
- Coordinate Commercial Unit Crop Management Research Awards (CMRA) projects with university researchers in conjunction with TPMs and agronomists.
- Propose small plot agronomy research protocols to be executed in conjunction with Research Scientists at Research Centers.
- Responsible for applying knowledge, skills and resources to meet the agronomy training needs of the field sales team. Focus is to train technical understanding and mastery, but also to integrate those objectives into sales skills, operational skills training, and product knowledge.
- Provide leadership for the development of Commercial Unit agronomic strategies/direction, and guidance to Field Agronomists and District Leaders that aligns with this direction.
- Ph. D. or M. S. with five years field research experience in biological sciences with expertise in Agronomy, Weed Science, Soil Science or Entomology.
- Five years post graduate research management experience preferred with an agricultural company or university in conceiving, coordinating, executing, summarizing, and reporting results from field research trials in writing and oral presentations.
- Familiarity with field mapping and precision farming systems is preferred.
- Strong technical knowledge of Business Unit agriculture and crop systems including factors which influence decisions by producers and management practices impacting IP systems
- Demonstrated knowledge of environmental, regulatory and product stewardship issues of Pioneer products & technologies and Corteva product offerings in relation to seed.
- Professional relationships with leading regional public research and extension personnel
- Working knowledge of experimental designs and statistics.
- Demonstrated ability to assimilate large amounts of technical information and to condense it into useable and understandable form.
- Excellent speaking and writing skills in English and ability to communicate appropriately with diverse audiences.
- Strong questioning and feedback skills - including working with divergent points of view.
- Demonstrated public relations skills
- Planning and organization ability
- Ability to work with a minimum of supervision by taking initiative to meet goals & objectives
- Ability to interact with and facilitate projects across diverse internal and external groups, including growers, retailers, agronomists, crop consultants, product managers, research scientists, research associates, public researchers and extension specialists.