Production Technician

Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.

About this Job:

Toproduce a reliable supply of high quality seed by executing production plant tasks assigned by Plant Management. Organize, perform and lead in assigned departments to ensure all required processes, procedures and production requirements are met. Position will take on several roles based upon field production practices, plant processing requirements and distribution needs. Manage field operations, 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.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Assist site maintenance manager in making repairs and improvements to plant equipment
Foster an operational culture founded on adherence to all applicable HSE and other corporate policies, procedures and guidelines
Assist in presentation of all safety training classes
Supervise employees and third party personnel as required
Actively support an image that reflects the highest regard for cleanliness and organization
Balance KPI?s to meet the annual improvement objectives
Monitor all plant equipment and keep in good state of repair through a preventive maintenance schedule
Ensure all equipment is properly calibrated and routinely inspected
Active participation in plant upgrade projects and risk analysis
Minimize downtime through proper Preventative Maintenance program
KPI driven on downtime and safety guarding initiatives
Work in conditioning, treating, packaging, or other areas to meet facility needs
Responsible for maintaining, documenting, and adherences to established plant procedures
Responsible for product quality assessments and adherence to product specifications
All seed picked and transported to specified area is identified accurately and checked against production order
Fill all orders per production order instructions
Ensure all clean-downs and changeovers are done correctly to eliminate any product mixture
Develop and implement a preventive maintenance program for the plant equipment
Conduct Product Simulation (PS) testing
Conduct internal field audit and quality checks
Coordinate field inspection program and self-certification requirements
Track and monitor potential quality lots through disposition of product
Conduct seed testing and reporting activities, to maintain company quality standards
Responsible for product quality assessments and adherence to product specifications
QBS process audits and coordination of site documentation
During growing season will be assigned production area to monitor seed quality through field inspections and record keeping
Support Agronomists in field related activities as directed
Pooling and distribution of parent seed to grower base
Planting of seed production fields and parent seed returns
Assist with field mapping and isolation documentation requirements
Accurate and timely crop scouting and data collection of emergence and vegetative growth stages, silk and pollen shed notes, stand counts, and IPM scouting thresholds
Coordination of field labor needs to ensure rouging and detasseling operations are completed to quality standards
Coordination of male row destruction and equipment operation
Accurate and timely SAP and Data collection entry during the field productions season
Ensure all clean-downs and changeovers are done correctly to eliminate any product mixture
Harvest area coordination includes but is not limited to scheduling of pickers, loads, transportation and dump cart operations
Husking operations includes but is not limited to the receiving of green corn (for positions located at a Corn site), husker operation, and supervision of sorters, moisture sampling, quality checks, chopper operations, scale operations and by-product movements
Dryer operations and monitoring, data collection, equipment clean downs, sampling and expectation of long hours and shift work
Shelling operations, coordination of bulk storage and dryer capacity, moisture checks, quality sampling
Ensure all clean-downs and changeovers are done correctly to eliminate any product mixture

Must be High School graduate or have GED degree
Associate degree in agronomy (or related plant science), Ag. Business is preferred but not required
An Agricultural background is also preferred but not required
Commercial Pesticide Applicators License preferred
Knowledge of office functions and processes, including MS Office, MS Databases and Spreadsheets, and SAP

Additional Knowledge, Skills, Traits & Abilities:
Ability to work days, evenings and weekends, including shift work
Ability to walk fields in all weather conditions and on various types of terrain
Ability to work in cold, hot, and dusty conditions; work with seed treatments
Ability to be on your feet for a majority of the day; frequent standing and walking including climbing stairs and ladders; frequentbending and stooping
Able to wear applicable PPE
Ability to lift 70 lbs.
Ability to receive a chemical applicators license
Working knowledge of inventory management principals
Must be able to be forklift certified
Ability to be CDL certified preferred
Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Syngenta Contact Information:
If you need assistance during the application process, please contact the Service Desk at sta_support.northamerica@syngenta.com
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
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Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)
Job: Seeds Production
Title: Production Technician
Location: Iowa-Lone Tree
Requisition ID: 18001531

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