Seed Production Research Associate - #337037

MayFly Agri (pty) Ltd


Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Centurion, Gauteng
Contract type: Full time
Reference: PTA001116-EV-1


An established agrochemical manufacturer is seeking a Production Research Associate to conduct field agronomy research and production research field trials by assisting with regional and global Production Research technology projects, ensuring operational excellence and driving continuous improvement in seed production yield.


Minimum requirements for the role:

  • Must have minimum a BSc degree in a relevant Agricultural discipline
  • Minimum 2 years’ hands-on experience in the design and execution of general, field and laboratory trial setups will be required
  • Must have a strong record of innovation and applying modern technology
  • Knowledge of seed production operations will be beneficial
  • Must have excellent communication skills, oral and written, under diverse circumstances and audiences
  • Willingness to work in field conditions and using farming equipment is essential
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to travel up to 40% of time

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Responsible for all aspects of Production Research trial coordination, including grower co-ordination, trial packing, planting, in-season trial and data management, harvesting, and post-harvest data collection activities.
  • Executing high quality Proof of Concept (POC) Production Research projects, aimed at innovative technology deployment, through utilization of data analysis to improve production cost, seed quality and production reliability
  • Operating and maintaining specialized field and facility equipment for effective and efficient functioning of all testing operations within the region
  • Driving and promoting agronomic and technical improvements within the broader Seed Production organization through continued stakeholder engagement and customer centricity.
  • Recording Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to help drive continuous process improvements, operational excellence and data quality within the region.
  • Partnering with Production Research counterparts in other regions to drive alignment and consistency in testing activities.
  • Training and participating in the development of people resources and talent at the site, including interns and contract employees.
  • Leading HSE efforts according to ISO 45001 and safety standards focusing on legal compliance and identifying safety risks applying the HIRA methodology.
  • Participating in compiling risk assessments and job safety analysis.
  • Actively recording safety observation and near misses.
  • Participating in 5WHY problem solving identifying corrective and preventative actions
Please note that subsequent to the screening and shortlisting process, all further communication will be entered into, only with the shortlisted candidates

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