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BASF Commercial Seeds Production Agronomist in Lethbridge, Alberta

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And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF Canada has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2019.

Where the Chemistry Happens…

The Commercial Seed Production Agronomist reports to the Agronomy Manager. This position is responsible for the establishment, coordination and management of a production region(s) and is directly involved in all aspects of the production program from planning to implementation.

Formula for Success: You Will…

  • Ensure that production goals are met in the region for both yield and quality through production planning and development, grower relations, accurate record keeping and management and agronomy of in season seed to harvest activities such as: planting, spraying, rogueing, certification and crop inspection, pollination, harvest activities and all other required production activities

  • Manage interactions with growers and pollinators ensuring strong relations and a positive image of BASF in completion of activities such as grower contracting, contract administration, training, grower meetings and providing advice and recommendations consistent with production strategy

  • Perform and coordinate seed logistics activities to ensure accurate records and movement of seed which involves delivery of parental seed to the grower, the safe storage of seed following harvest, quality sampling of harvested seed, coordination of seed to cleaning locations, accurate record keeping and data entry, coordination with the logistics group to ensure that all required documentation is thoroughly completed on a timely basis allowing for deadlines to be met

  • Participate in the operation of the Parent Seed facility as required by coordinating activities and resources as well direct involvement in the treating and blending of parental seed

  • Participate in contra season activities from planning to implementation

  • Identify and provide recommendations to challenges facing production with the goal of continually improving in all areas – agronomy, location planning, field selection, grower relations, logistics, quality management etc

  • Ensure all activities are carried out in support of health and safety guidelines, QMS, SOP’s, production protocols and other internal and external regulations and practices as well as participation in the development and improvements of all the above processes as required

  • With this grade the individual must be able to manage and lead multiple projects. The individual will be responsible for mentoring and supervising other Agronomists within his/her team. Continuous interaction with members of his team and other groups is required.

Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…

  • A Bachelor’s degree or diploma in Agriculture preferably specializing in Crop Science or related discipline

  • Extensive experience - 8 to 10 years - in crop production, hybrid canola seed production, canola agronomy seed certification and farm equipment knowledge

  • Ability to establish relationships with both internal and external partners such as: growers, beekeepers and industry partners is essential

  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and ability to be flexible and modify plans as required in order to minimize impact on data and production as situations arise

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team either as a member or supervising contract employees is required in fulfilling job responsibilities

  • Ability to become member of the AIA

We welcome and encourage applications from all persons. BASF has a robust policy of accommodating employees who are able to perform the essential duties of the job upon accommodation. In particular, applicants with disabilities are entitled to a recruitment process and accessible materials.

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

Job: PROD - Production, Maintenance & Technicians

Organization: G-APU/CO-Seed Business CAN-63022049

Title: Commercial Seeds Production Agronomist

Location: CAN-AB-Lethbridge

Requisition ID: 2001208