Job Title: Technical Field Expert-QSL/SY/10/13-1
Location Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Technical Manager
Our client Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 27,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers Syngenta help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. Syngenta AG is a large global Swiss specialized chemicals company which markets seeds and pesticides. Syngenta is involved in biotechnology and genomic research. The company was ranked third in total seeds & biotech sales in 2009 in the commercial market. Sales in 2010 were approximately US$ 11.6 billion.
Job Summary: The Technical Field Expert;
Facilitate and lead local specific crop or integrated solutions, and the field-level generation of potential Integrated Solutions.
Leads in developing the technical demonstration and local story creation.
Actively participate in design, communication, and implementation of technical crop solutions.
Prepares and provides technical support for offers and products to maximise sales
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Plan and deliver commercial trials to build deep understanding of Syngenta product offers and maximize the impact of product launches and the overall commercial portfolio on sales and market share.
Contribute to the development of training tools and materials to educate stakeholders on new solutions.
Conduct an agreed number of field trials through all stages from initial planning to completion of final report (including spraying where trials are conducted internally)
Manage trial sites and demonstration platforms on commercial farms including farmer liaison on site selection and in field trial layout
Crop expertise: Provide agronomic support to the sales force, key account managers, channel partners and grower customers
Solution and product launch maximization: identify potential solutions to address grower needs and support new product launches by providing technical input for launch preparation
Competitor knowledge gathering, gap identification and reporting.
Manage and deliver close technical relationships with key Distributor accounts & influencers
Develop product protocols and plans as defined by campaigns and company strategy and lead results interpretation
Engage in product stewardship activities and reviews
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The applicant should possess a Degree in agronomy or related degree
Five or more years of relevant experience
Hold critical internal and external crop expertise across a range of agronomic and market conditions
Understanding of the role / value of technical information in a commercial environment • Knowledge of field trials techniques in all crop protection disciplines - replicated and demonstration trials - and of quality standards (GEP)
In-depth crop & product knowledge - labelled and actual use patterns
In-field technical experience as well as commercial awareness
Some previous experience of field trials Relationships with key national influences Critical leadership capabilities
Develops clear strategies and sets aligned objectives for individuals and teams
Gains commitment of key reports and stakeholders in a compelling way
Manages risk and is able to work with uncertainty
Provides opportunities for learning, development and growth
Coaches people to connect across functions and boundaries to spark innovation Critical technical and professional capabilities
Excellent communication skills - written, verbal, as well as presentation.
Relevant national training qualifications is critical
Data interpretation - conversion from data to use advise / product and service support
Strong influencing skills
Languages knowledge: English and Swahili
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are strongly advised to clearly state and highlight their suitability for the above position, and send their curriculum vitae (highlighting the job reference number) to the Human Resource Manager, Q-Sourcing Ltd Plot 29, Bukoto Street, Kamwokya, Kampala. Uganda Applicants may also send soft copy applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications should reach the above address. Only successful candidates shall be contacted.
Deadline: 25th October 2013