Field Research Agronomist / Technology Development Representative - Mapleton, MN area

Monsanto's North America Technology Development & Agronomy organization currently has an opportunity for a Technology Development Representative with expertise in applied field research and agronomic sciences with a focus on Weed Science to provide technical leadership within the state of Minnesota. Technology Development Representatives are key members of teams that support the product development, commercial product expansion, and technical education on our new and existing crop protection products and systems. The Technology Development Representative is an exciting and unique role in Monsanto. The role plays an important step in the final testing and development of products, generally a couple of years before the product launches and then continued work through and after launch. It also has the responsibility of ensuring technical leadership in developing and transferring key knowledge to the sales organization so the commercial product will be properly positioned and used by growers. This role allows individuals to work with many different functions in Monsanto from sales, marketing, regulatory, biotechnology, and breeding to just mention a few. The role is quite unique in that is has both a research and commercial focus. Responsibilities:
  • Plan and execute a field research program that evaluates new crop protection products in all relevant crops within Minnesota
  • Provide product and agronomic support and education for internal sales team and external customers
  • Determine and demonstrate the value, positioning, and agronomic fit of Monsanto products in local grower production systems
  • Actively participate and lead protocol development and product advancement decisions
  • Establish and manage field research to assess novel pipeline biotechnology traits in corn, soybean and other crops
  • Build strong working relationships with key influencers including academia, crop consultants, commodity/grower groups and others
  • Contract and coordinate academic and crop consultant testing and research programs
  • Ensure proper stewardship of products, including weed resistance management
  • Ensure regulatory compliance with broad Federal and State regulatory requirements
  • Ensure timely data entry and quality
  • Direct and manage local trials in conjunction with sales teams to generate features and benefits data and associated support materials (handouts, presentations)
  • Identify and assess new technology based business opportunities
  • Assist sales organization with performance inquiries requiring advanced agronomic and product knowledge

Required Skills/Experience:
  • Master's degree in Weed Science, Agronomy, or related discipline
  • Hands on experience with crop production (herbicide) systems in corn, soybean or other field crops
  • Effectively demonstrate self-motivation, initiative, assertiveness, and results orientation
  • Successfully work in a fast-paced changing environment
  • Ability to successfully work in teams
  • Willingness to relocate
  • Strong people and communication skills
  • Desire for long term career advancement (i.e. Research, Marketing or other areas)
  • Good computer skills (i.e. Microsoft Office/Outlook).
  • Willingness to travel and live/work in a rural environment
  • Ability to lift 60 pounds if necessary (a bag of seed)
  • Ability to pass a driving record background check (i.e. moving violations, accidents, license suspension, etc.).
  • Federal regulations from the Department of Transportation cover this position and mandate the passing of certain pre-employment requirements, such as a background check, drug test and physical.
Desired Skills/Experience:
  • Ph.D. in Weed Science, Agronomy, or related discipline
  • 3+ years experience preferred in agronomic sciences or a related field with emphasis on applied field research
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