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VoloAgri Group, Inc.® is a vegetable seed technology and breeding company dedicated to Cultivating Global Health. We take pride in serving every customer with customized vegetable seed and technical service solutions they can count on. Our innovative seeds produce plants with increased yields, improved disease resistance, and post-harvest processing advantages while still achieving exceptional taste. Our diverse team of industry experts are stationed around the world. VoloAgri Group, Inc. Global Corporate Headquarters are in South San Francisco, California with our principal Operational Centers in San Luis Obispo, California and Naaldwijk, The Netherlands. Additional facilities are located in Mexico, Turkey and Lebanon; and 15 trial stations are spread throughout California, Florida, Idaho, Mexico, Brazil, Lebanon, Turkey, China, Thailand, Holland, Italy and Spain. Our prized collection of seeds have been developed under several brands including US Agriseeds, Axia, Greenport Seeds, California Hybrids, Catalyst Seeds, and New World Seeds.
Job Title: Stock Seed Manager
The successful candidate will bring experience and talents to establish a world class small increase program for stock seed and breeding program advancement. We are seeking a candidate with proven leadership skills with field operations and business leaders with potential to grow into more senior roles within production and operations. Ability to rapidly assess and determine short and long term plans to improve or establish new processes, procedures and technology. Strong business acumen and ability to positively communicate and influence business strategy.
The Stock Seed Manager will be responsible for seed production of elite stock seed and stock seed from breeder’s foundation seed on the VoloAgri Group, Inc. Farm as well as various other locations around the world. The position will include coordination, communication and planning with the VoloAgri Group, Inc. research staff at the location and various other breeders at other breeding locations of VoloAgri Group, Inc. to determine a production plan of stock seed. The Stock Seed Manager will be in close communication with the management of the Yolo farm as well as various trusted growers around the world to accomplish the Stock seed production objectives.
Responsible for supervision of all VoloAgri Group, Inc. stock seed technicians in California and Mexico
Responsible for budgeting and planning of stock seed production on our own farms
Sowing, transplanting, crop monitoring, harvesting, threshing and/or washing and drying stock seed increases
Working with net houses, shade houses, greenhouses, drip irrigation, pesticide applications, and any task necessary to produce the stock seed increases
Record keeping, software skills including but not limited to Microsoft outlook, office, ERP system ABS, and various other programs
Store and maintain seed stocks and related data records in proper order and secure condition at all times. This includes timely packaging, labeling, organizing, and filing of seed packets
Evaluate the status of all seeds, pollen, crops and stock seed increases daily including coordination of regular monitoring of related environmental and growing conditions
Ensure that strict sanitation and growing SOPs are followed with proactive reporting of problems
Scout all crops on a routine basis to determine health status
Regularly check supply inventories and order necessary items on a timely and proactive basis or as directed by the supervisor
Prepare stock seed and supporting documentation for shipment to growers
Communicate with the Production Assistant and Production Manager on a regular basis to inform of progress, status, and planning
Work closely with the farm manager to accomplish all tasks at the Woodland station
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Excellent interpersonal skills with breeders, research staff, production staff, and field workers
Responsible for Woodland Farm infrastructure maintenance and improvement projects
Responsible for the direct supervision of VoloAgri Group, Inc. stock seed technicians in Woodland and Culiacan Mexico. Oversight of the labor crews supervised by the stock seed technicians.
Plan for, coordinate, and train technical or seasonal labor to ensure accurate, safe, and high quality work is performed at all times
Ability to work in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings including but not limited to: farm fields; packing houses; greenhouses; growth chambers, labs and office areas. Exposure to seasonal high temperature.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Regularly required to talk and hear
Active position requiring standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching.
Ability to routinely lift and/or transport items over 50 pounds.
Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full-time, exempt position.
The position requires the ability to work extended hours during peak planting, pollination, harvesting and seed extraction season in accordance to business needs.
Both local and out-of-country travel for up to two weeks at a time may be required at certain times of the year.
Required Education, Experience and Skills:
Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, plant science, biology, or related field
Ten or more years of experience in a closely related technical support role and at least two years of hands-on experience in greenhouse/ field operations and/or seedling production is preferred
Ability to plan, direct, and execute field, nursery, and greenhouse operations such as sowing, planting, pruning, harvesting, crossing, seed extractions and pesticide applications
Training (license preferred) in pesticide applications and related safety
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software including but not limited to Excel, Outlook, Word and Access plus label printing
Valid and renewable U.S. driver license with good driving record with the ability to drive automobiles, pickup trucks, and box trucks.
Excellent communication skills • Ability to thrive in a diverse team environment
Demonstrated ability to write and speak English
Basic understanding of equipment maintenance
Preferred Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, plant science, biology, or related field is preferred
Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) highly desirable in order to direct coworkers and contract labor
Understanding and experience in production agriculture techniques and safe use of related equipment is preferred
Must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States
Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. VoloAgri Group, Inc.
Compensation & Benefits: • Competitive compensation package • Medical & dental insurance • Section 125 Dependent Care plans, 401(k) Plan with Transamerica • Vacation, sick and holiday time off
To apply for this position, please visit http://voloagri.com/careers/