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Seed Processing Specialist - Vegetables

Company: Syngenta Global
Location: Pasco
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

About Syngenta

Syngenta is a global leader in agriculture; rooted in science and dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of our 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanity's most pressing challenges: growing more food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace environment are enablers of our ambition to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture. Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. No matter what your position, you will have a vital role in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.

About Us

We invite you to help us shape the future of agriculture. At Syngenta, we believe every employee has a role to play in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. To support that challenge, we are currently seeking a Seed Processing Specialist - Vegetables in Pasco, WA.

You will help shape the future of agriculture by:

  • Improving vegetable seed processing efficiencies by developing sustainable systems that will deliver increased through-puts while meeting established quality standards

  • Identifying opportunities for advancing seed processing effectiveness/efficiency and provide in-region NA support for the introduction of new technologies in collaboration with regional and global technical leads

  • Managing seed conditioning projects at Pasco while supporting other sites. Management to include experimental design, logistics management, consultation on project execution, workload assignments, data collection, and statistical analysis

  • Collaborating with Vegetable Seed Production Research (SPR) Agronomy, Center of Excellence (CoE) and Seed Operations (SO) teams to identify, design, test and analyze production conditioning projects; provides recommendations to Vegetables Production Management

  • Improve production efficiencies by developing sustainable systems that will deliver increased seed yield and quality; while lowering cost of goods produced across multiple crops including Large Seeded Vegetables (Sweet Corn, Green Beans, Peas), Brassicas (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel sprouts), Cucurbits (Watermelon, Melon, Squash) and other crop responsibilities as assigned.

  • Assist in the development and trialing of new seed treatment formulations and application technology


  • Ensure critical projects are identified, prioritized, designed and executed properly with a focus on continuous improvement of seed yield, quality and efficiency. The focus is on benefits to customer(s), making all necessary preparations to conduct studies, execution following prescribed protocols, accuracy of data collected, and alignment with Syngenta global vegetables seeds supply chain objectives.

  • Maintain the appropriate balance of priorities and resources during project management. Work with other members of Field Production Research and Seed Operations to achieve efficiencies when executing projects through priority setting and resource management.

  • Analyze data and prepare reports/presentations for delivery to internal and external department customers. Present information through several formal and informal avenues. Develop two-way communication with various audiences ranging from operations personnel to department managers.

  • Maintain an awareness of competitive developments and key technologies in the seed production and adjacent industries, along with external technology institutions to ensure that innovations are identified, evaluated, and implemented.

  • Work with the technical leads/global engineering in the definition of harmonized processing solutions.

  • Ensure full Health Safety & Environment (HSE) compliance and promote environmentally sustainable solutions.

  • Personal development; Attend Company sanctioned and/or external training seminars, as agreed upon with Supervisor, for development of personal and technical skills.

  • Representation of Syngenta: Builds trust inside the company and in the local community showing ethical considerations and Syngenta values are reflected in company activities. Effectively promotes SPR and Syngenta Brand inside the company and with customers and stakeholders.

  • Bachelor's degree required in Agricultural Engineering or related/relevant field

  • Seeds production knowledge across a range of crops desired

  • Good understanding of seed conditioning in Large Seed Vegetables and other crops

  • Good understanding of seed quality and factors that affect quality

  • Thorough understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis

  • Ability to influence and change current ways of working to develop a more scientific approach in the way we describe data, design experiments, integrate and interpret results

  • A passion and enthusiasm for digital technology and creating value through data

  • Team working in multi-functional groups, both within SPR and externally

  • Expertise in team and project management and leadership

  • Statistical and data visualization and presentation expertise

  • Appreciation of statistical or modeling approaches

  • Cross functional and multi-cultural project management aptitude

  • International travel possible; must have or be able to obtain a passport


  • Ability to work during weekdays, and eventually evenings and weekends.

  • Must be able to travel by car or plane.

  • Ability to operate standard office equipment including phone, fax, copier and computer.


  • 60% of work performed in standard office.

  • 40% of work performed at production locations or meetings.

  • General seed processing plant and office environment.

  • Computer usage for extended periods of time.

  • Heavy phone usage including teleconferences.

What We Offer:

  • Full Benefit Package (Medical, Dental & Vision) that starts the same day you do

  • 401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution

  • Paid Vacation, 12 Paid Holidays, Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts among others

  • A culture that promotes work/life balance, celebrates diversity and offers numerous family-oriented events throughout the year

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.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC)


Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)



Keywords: Syngenta Global, Pasco , Seed Processing Specialist - Vegetables, Other , Pasco, Washington

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