Syngenta Production Technician in Dassel, Minnesota

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
  • Monitor costs as necessary
  • Supervise employees and third party personnel as required
  • Perform other duties as required to meet plant or site needs
  • 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
  • Provide leadership and overall seed quality expertise to plant activities
  • 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
  • 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


  • Must be High School graduate or have GED degree
  • Associate degree in agronomy (or related plant science), Ag. Business is preferred but not required
  • Commercial Pesticide Applicators License preferred
  • Knowledge of office functions and processes, including MS Office, MS Databases and Spreadsheets, and SAP
  • Working knowledge of inventory management principals
  • Must be able to be forklift certified
  • Ability to be CDL certified preferred

Additional Knowledge, Skills, Traits & Abilities:

  • Ability to operate state of the art conditioning, chemical and packaging equipment
  • Ability to receive a chemical applicators license
  • Excellent analytical and deductive reasoning skills
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work positively and effectively with outside vendors/agencies and internal personnel and departments
  • Management experience preferred but not necessary
    * Experience in inventory, distribution processes and/or managing quality transactional data in SAP may be preferred in some locations

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.

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Job: *Seeds Production

Title: Production Technician

Location: Minnesota-Dassel

Requisition ID: 18000431