Technical Development Representative

Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company - We’re more than 20,000 dedicated employees focused on developing solutions to help farmers have better harvests while using resources more efficiently.

We work to help farmers grow crops in a more sustainable way. We think holistically about how food is grown so farmers have the tools they need to have better harvests - so a balanced plate of meats, grains, fruits and vegetables is within reach of every family.


Job Description

  • Monsanto’s Technology Development and Agronomy Team in sub-Saharan Africa is hiring for a Technology Development Representative to be part of a team that lead the development and testing of agronomic system concepts for our products.
  • This role will gain firsthand knowledge of Monsanto's products and associated agronomic systems research to provide technical leadership and conduct field research within Nigeria.
  • This includes, understanding local and regional cropping systems and the development of existing and newer pipeline products.
  • Successful candidates must have strong communication and people skills to enable cross-functional interactions with R&D and commercial teams.

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and execute systems field testing program that supports maize and/or cotton germplasm and trait evaluations across different agroecological zones.
  • Responsible for all aspects of coordination and execution of field trials in alignment with commercial team; trial seed forecasting, location identification, cooperator contracts, trial design, planting, in-season trial maintenance, data recording, harvesting and relinquish data.
  • Active contribution and advancement team’s work, proposals for variety advancements.
  • Maintain country regulatory compliance, ensure trials are conducted within regulatory and stewardship policy and paperwork is accurately completed in a timely manner.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Technology Development colleagues to help steward current products and introduce new products.
  • Regularly integrate emerging technology tools to improve work efficiency and execution of assigned responsibilities.
  • Provide technical leadership for local sales organization through agronomic trainings, product and technology scientific knowledge transfer and stewardship initiatives.
  • Technical contribution in demand generating activities like customer visits, demonstration plots, farmer field days and events, marketing tools, etc.
  • Investigation of product performance inquiries that require specific agronomic and product knowledge.
  • Maintain and build relationship with researchers from academic and research institutions.
  • Ensures equipment is properly maintained, operating and ready for use.
  • Actively participate in the site safety program.

Required Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Ag/Life Sciences or related discipline, with 5 years’ experience in agricultural research.
  • Experience in applied field research focused in row crop experimental design, field test plot management, statistics and data interpretation.
  • Strong experience in statistics, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Ability to obtain a driver’s license and willingness to travel extensively within country and occasionally regional.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Masters of Science and/or higher degree in Agronomy, Weed Science, Entomology, Crop Protection, Soil Science, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology or a closely related discipline.
  • Experience operating and maintaining research and field data capturing tools.
  • Strong oral, written and presentation skills.
  • Self-motivated and assertive with a results orientation.
  • Strong computer skills (i.e. mobile technology (tablets/smart phones), scientific/ statistical software, basic knowledge of databases and information reporting tools, etc.).
  • Proficient at reading field protocols and field reports, translating data/statistics into market related information.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a team, strong time management skills, attention to detail, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to pass a driving record background check (i.e. moving violations, accidents, license suspension, etc.).

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Summary

Company

Monsanto Company

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Location

Abuja

Specialization

Agriculture/Farming

Job Type

Full-Time

Minimum Qualification

Degree

Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years