Breeding Trial Specialist Vegetable Seed

Breeding Trial Specialist Vegetable Seed - CenturionReference: PTA-EV-1A multinational agricultural company is seeking the above to manage on/off site trialing activities for crops in conjunction with Breeding Project Leads with the aim to enable data-based product advancement decisions in conjunction with Product Development Specialist, Marketing and Technical Support.Duties & ResponsibilitiesMinimum requirements for the role:Must have a BSc and/or MSc in Horticulture or in Agriculture, (MSc/PhD in Plant Breeding & Genetics will be an added advantage)3 5 years relevant crop related work experience will be requiredMust have relevant knowledge about basic agronomy, plant genetics and breeding, including trial design and theoryGood understanding of the English language both verbally and in writing is importantExperience in plant variety trialing (preferably in vegetable crops), data analysis and assessment (using statistical methods and IT tools) as well as agricultural technologies and applications will be requiredMust have previous experience in working with growers and related companies within the vegetable production chain, with the understanding of vegetable market and crop specificationsMust have a valid drivers license and be willing to travel frequently (local/abroad)Experience with working in international environment would be idealExperience in making public presentations is an added advantageThe successful candidate will be responsible for:Managing on/off site trialing and deliver quality data to support decision making processes.Functioning as key contributor to trial decisions with the variety performance and other technical parts at Territory level.Supporting the Breeding Project Leads in making a year plan for assessment trials, including budgets.Organising external (off-site) trials with growers in relevant crops as planned in the trial planning tool and as described in trial protocols.Organising internal (on-site) trials with Station Managers in relevant crops as planned in the trial planning tool and as described in trial protocols.Preparing and negotiating contracts with growers for trials based on standard company agreement.Performing grower-field and greenhouse selections for trial in line with targeted customer segment and general trialing needs (uniformity, soil, consistency).Conducting grower visits at critical steps of growing to execute or manage sowing, planting, harvest to prevent mixture and to provide correct material labelling.Collecting harvest, plants and yield evaluation-data according to trial protocol and breeders needs.Delivering all collected data via agreed formats and within agreed deadlines.Instructing Trial Technicians or 3rd party trialing companies to secure good trial and data quality.Organising data collection in the field with company or 3rd party employees.Making plant selections in field as instructed by the Breeding Project Lead.Supporting data collection during line development.Using the databases and other software packages to plan trials and to analyse data.Providing data set on the performance of materials from all trials and making good overviews about the hybrids for their positioning in certain markets (country level).Securing the availability of products and commercial seed checks following internal compliance rules (GARF, GCC).Organising Product Advancement Tours with Breeding Project Leads and Portfolio Managers to present trials and new products candidates.Preparing all the trials and product exposition for the tour as well as trial data to be used during the tour.Supporting the Breeding Project Lead in preparation of technical variety promotion leaflets in order to support effective hand over to marketing of new varieties.Maintaining good contacts with the distributors/growers/traders with the objective to understand customer needs & practices, and to use this information to update breeders in order to improve trials.Making trial contract evaluations (price, quality, risks) according to protocol, implementing subsequent improvements.Following Biosafety, HSE rules and the quality system requirements.Salary package, including benefits, are highly negotiable depending on experience gainedPlease note that subsequent to the screening and shortlisting process, all further communication will be entered into, only with the shortlisted candidatesPackage & RemunerationR Market related
Johannesburg, GT, ZA