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Regional Product Development Specialist - High Tech Cucumber (2001148)
Location: Leamington, Ontario Canada
Where the Chemistry Happens…
You will lead the development of new products for inclusion in the Cucumber High Tech regional portfolios, involving seed varieties, seed forms and new technologies. Working within the Product Development organization as the bridge between R&D and Sales,advising and supporting development of new products primarily within the Canada and US, with limited involvement within the remainder the Americas/Australia/New Zealand.
Formula for Success: You Will…
- Contributes to crop strategy by understanding well the markets in the region and their evolution (trends).
- Ensures the implementation of the Product Development (PD) crop strategy in the region through flawless implementation of the PD processes in cooperation with R&D, Trial team and Sales team.
- Drives the successful development of varieties and concepts for the markets in region, making clear and technically solid (data-based) elevation proposals and growing concepts to ensure successful introductions in cooperation with Global Product Development Specialist (GPDS) and Crop Team.
- Trial Programs. Design, coordinate and execute regional programs and data analysis. High quality of Implementation (good design of trial plan and flawless implementation). Drive to push the PD agenda of excellence and digitalization for quality and efficiency. Work with Trial team Lead (TL) to lead and train the Trial Specialists in the execution of trial plan, protocols and variety assessment and motivate them towards professionalism and teamwork, making them feel part of PD team.
- Manage trial assortment. In coordination with the GPDS present and discuss trial conclusions to Stake Holders. Prepare, coordinate and execute product elevations. (good quality data and analysis). Analyze and process the trial program data.
- Drive Innovation. Develop new growing concepts for specific plant types to ensure success of introductions and customers success. Leading/ being involved /up to date regarding technological developments like artificial light, robotizing, autonomous growing. Collaborate with external partners on agronomical projects, e.g. growers, universities, research stations. Translate agronomical insights into financial benefits for growers.
- Support Commercialization of new introductions. Provide technical support to Sales and customers by means of advice and training regarding one or more crops. Support Sales regarding technical expertise and complaints.
- Align Breeding efforts. Inform breeding team on the needs of the market, to give priorities to the assortment per market segment and type. Collaborate with GPDS and with breeders at local scale to providing clarity to R&D on the objectives. High quality of input for Hybrid Profile (describes breeding priorities) based on excellent knowledge of markets and trends. Identify and be open to opportunities and ideas that could lead to advantages in the market. (involvement from Scr2).
- Support overall PD agenda and objectives: Drive towards Excellence and Digitalization, process alignment, naming and Protocol alignment within the crop regions and with other functions (R&D, Operations), and contributing to a higher-level PD by sharing best practices among crops and providing technical support, peer-coaching and advise to other RPDS when needed upon request of the CSM or GPS.
- Advise GPDS regarding seed Forecast needs. Prepare and Request Seed forecast (Trial varieties: TR1 and TR2 status intro commercial.) and coordinate the distribution within the region.
- Secure Intellectual Property. Initiate and propose variety registration and application for plant breeder rights and naming of promising trial varieties to protect the Nunhems crops interest.
Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…
- Bachelor or master’s degree in agriculture
- At least five years’ experience within agriculture, combined with experience in the development of varieties (trials).
- English language: fluent;
- Technical and agronomical skills: Solid understanding of PD process, plant behavior, agronomic technology, genetics.
- Professionalism and organization: A desire for excellence in process and ability to organize it.
- Analytical skills: To analyze and evaluate data. (understanding of statistical significance and ability to use calculations and spreadsheets).
- Influential: versus Trial Specialist and Sales Specialist. Convince and generate trust. Be clear and solid in the technical part of variety elevations.
- Versatile communicator and team player: Actively seek to involve others and to engage in positive discussions. Use always the strength of the team.
- Owner of PD decisions: Assertive, not afraid to disappoint others and stand his/her ground when it is rational.
- Customer oriented: Approach supporting customers on the technical aspects of crop in support of Sales.
- Result oriented: Work must lead to action to improve the business. Actively engage in discussing the marketing and commercial strategies seeking to change more than to follow markets to gain market position keeping a tactical (3 to 5 years) PD perspective.
- Innovative mind: to be able to see the differentiation opportunities and ideas.
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.
BASF provides interesting and challenging learning and development opportunities to help you make the most of your talents and your job.
Please apply to the BASF website at https://www.basf.com/global/en/careers/jobs.html#%7B%7D
or email your resume to Samantha Reynolds at email@example.com
BASF will only consider applicants who are legally authorized to work in Canada.