30 Dec 2016

Syngenta Job Vacancy : Field Production Manager

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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.

As a leading global organization, we help farmers feed a growing population by bringing plant potential to life. Working at Syngenta, you’ll be part of talented teams and benefit from exciting opportunities for personal development and achievement.

Role Purpose * Manage a 5.5 HA Syngenta owned site producing indeterminate tomato seeds * Implement and manage the operational activities of key agronomic processes and procedures * Lead the farm management for all operational activities, agronomic, technical, quality, budgets, costs and compliance * Work with the site management of Pollen Kenya and contribute to the smooth functioning of the shared services on site * Manage 3rd party tollers in East Africa (Kenya & Ethiopia) for producing seed and manage the team overseeing this operation. * Deliver to plan for yield, cost & quality. Ensure compliance of all the accreditations of the farm, GSPP & ISO * Guarantee that all Field production activities on the farm and externally meet the Syngenta HSE&Q standards aiming for a zero incidents *Accountabilities * * Delivery the Crop Plan agreed (Volume, Cost, Quality and Time) * Lead, motivate and inspire the team on the farm to deliver on quality on time in full production (QUOTIF) * Work closely with the supply teams, for delivering on plan, support the pathology department and the Seed production specialists * Assure effective controlling programs are in place with the right set of KPIs aiming to guarantee the operations will be kept on track towards reliability, quality and budget targets * Be a part of the Kenya Pollen management team and support the smooth functioning of shared services * Focus effort to increase yield and improve yield reliability to reduce costs and production risk * Manage relationships with 3rd party growers and vendors with support from procurement * Manage the stakeholders in a way of communicating the main development activities timely and accurately, avoiding last minutes surprises and crises * Implement and keep updated all the related systems and reports to assure a clear and precise information flow for the next production steps * Work on people development aiming to empower and motivate them within Syngenta and with their careers assuring that key positions in the succession plan are populated * Ensure field production teams (Syngenta & third party) comply with Syngenta standards of HS&E

Experience required * People management- given the number of FTE on the farm, this is an essential skill * Financial acumen- Good knowledge in setting up budgets, driving efficiencies and delivering on budget promises * Farm management- previous experience in running a farm will be an added advantage * Agronomic experience- Minimum of 5 years work experience in an agronomy related job * Work experience in Africa will be an added advantage Minimum education and critical knowledge required * Educational qualification – Minimum requirement- Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy/ Technical or finance * Good knowledge of English is a must. Proficiency in other languages is an added advantage * Working knowledge of Microsoft office is a must

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