Technical Trait Lead Agrisure Traits

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Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. is seeking a Technical Trait Lead Agrisure® Traits. Location of employment is Minnetonka, Minnesota. Candidate must have authorization to work in the U.S.

Title Technical Trait Lead Agrisure® Traits
Department Marketing – Corn Business
Location Minnetonka, MN
Reports To Head of Portfolio Marketing
Salary Commensurate with experience; competitive base salary plus incentive bonus and comprehensive benefits including retirement and employee stock purchase plan.

Key Responsibilities

  • Drives the development of technical product strategy for Syngenta traits and related technologies which could include:
    • Insect Control and Integrated Pest Management
    • Weed Control and Herbicide Tolerance
    • Abiotic Stress

  • Provide overall project leadership and business model ownership for the launch of one or more pre-commercial or commercial technology products from regulatory submission through to commercialization.

  • Responsible for performing and/or coordinating all technical activities associated with the successful commercialization of a new technology product.

  • Represent activities within global launch teams.

  • Develop trial plans to support commercialization, and ensure that they are properly executed.

  • Ensure all product strategies, business cases, positioning, claims, labels, and communications are supported by sound science.

  • Ensure the completion of a market and trade assessment to identify key importing country activities and also the development of appropriate regulatory and commercialization plans which meet the requirements of these key markets.

  • Provide technical guidance and determine options for post patent strategies.

  • Look for ways to interact with other technologies and provide complete customer solutions.

Key Outcomes

  • Development of compelling business cases, and models to support product launches and profitable sales volumes.

  • Successfully executed technical launch plans which properly align with the commercial campaigns locally and internationally when relevant.

  • Comprehensive technical education and training of key stakeholders internally and externally.

  • Compelling technology and product launches that meet or exceed customer demand in the appropriate market spaces


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in agriculture, business development or technical projects.

  • MBA or PhD in Agriculture or related sciences preferred.

  • Minimum of a B.S degree in Agronomy, Agribusiness, or Marketing or relevant discipline, with 5+ years of experience in the seed industry.

  • Sales and/or agronomy experience is highly desirable.

  • Keen understanding of agriculture, marketplace, competitive environment and customer needs.

  • Broad knowledge of the product development process, regulatory requirements, seed production and crop protection.

Demonstrated Skills

  • Record of successful management of people and projects.

  • Ability to work in a large global organization (cross functional, cross-sites) as well as in both technical and creative environments.

  • Sophisticated data gathering and analysis for interpretation for decision making.

  • Successfully influence colleagues across functional boundaries, work well in a team, and communicate effectively.

  • Experience with resource planning and budget management.

  • Strong Information Technology skills, as well as attention to detail and problem solving skills.

Additional Information

  • Travel requirements: Approximately 20%
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the US.

Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with 26,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to one purpose: bringing plant potential to life. We contribute to addressing some of the planet's most critical issues such as the rising demand for food from a growing population.

Syngenta employees have a major impact on the health and wellbeing of communities all around the world. They work in a focused, highly collaborative culture and benefit from the training, development and inspirational colleagues that you'd expect to find in a fast growing, international company.