Technical Sales Agronomist

Kennecott Energy   •  

Chicago, IL

Industry: Technology


5 - 7 years

Posted 272 days ago

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Join us and help shape our commercial presence in the US


Rio Tinto is establishing a US Sales & Marketing office in Chicago. Part of the new Commercial organisation, US facing sales and marketing roles from across multiple products and locations will be based in Chicago. This is an exciting next step in our Commercial journey and for your career.


You’ll get to join a pioneering team delivering commercial insights and driving commercial value across our mine to market value chain. From East Coast to West Coast; from the desert to the mountains; from small towns to big cities, our diverse portfolio of assets and activities has helped shape the mining industry across the United States. We supply 30 per cent of the world’s refined borates from our world-class mine in Boron, California. Our Bingham Canyon mine, located just south-west of Salt Lake City, Utah, has produced more copper than any other operation in history. And our Resolution Copper project in Arizona is among the top ten largest undeveloped copper assets in the world.


This position falls within the sales division of US Borax. Technical Sales Agronomist is responsible for owning a regional agronomy program, direct account responsibilities and strategy with input from sales, marketing and other related capabilities. Develop relationships with key customer sales and agronomy personnel, farmer/managers, researchers, and independent consultants within the region. Education USB regional sales team, and customers’ sales & agronomy teams, to position USB product offerings with a competitive agronomic advantage.


This position is based in Chicago and contributes to sales, market development and technical support activities for customers of USB’s agricultural line of products; identifies market/customer needs for USB products in existing markets; works in close collaboration with customers, sales marketing pilot plant and production facilities; participates in research, analysis and experimentation on borates for new product development, and marketing strategies for growth in the agriculture industry.



·         Provide sales account management and delivery against budget. (35%

·         Provide technical support and develop key relationship with key agriculture customers. (25%)

·         Coordinates R&I program for development projects and to new product trials at customer location. (15%)

·         Contributes to developing USB knowledge of product applications and market needs. (10%)

·         Actively participates in USB technical and sales/marketing meetings and assists with completion of deliverables on time. (10%)

·         Fully support health, safety and environmental programs by participating in their implementation, maintenance and enforcement as well as compliance with corporate programs. (5%).


About us

As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress.


Our long history is filled with firsts. We’ve developed some of the world’s largest and best quality mines and operations, and our people work in around 35 countries across six continents. We’ve led the industry in partnerships, with customers in new markets, and with local communities.

We’ve pioneered technological innovations, such as our Mine of the Future™ programme and our low-CO2 aluminium from hydropower. And we’ve paved the way in areas such as safety, tax transparency and legacy management.


Inclusion & Diversity


We are a diverse team of talented, enthusiastic individuals who foster a culture of inclusion. No matter how they may differ, our people share one thing in common. It’s a belief that work is more rewarding when we are accepted and valued for our differences, not judged by them. We all have something to contribute, and it’s this contribution that makes for a great organization and fulfilling career.

If you’re interested in launching your career with us, apply today for an exciting tomorrow.


Please note, in order to be successfully considered for this role you must complete all pre-screening questions.

Education and Qualifications:

College/University Education:   BS/MS in agronomy, chemistry, biology, or related science fields. 

Other Qualifications:  5years with a Bachelors degree, or less with an advanced degree, of relevant technical support, research and development experience.

Licenses/Certifications: Certified Crop Advisor or Certified Professional Agronomist preferred