Field Agronomist


Statewide , Illinois

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ has an exciting opportunity for a Field Agronomist serving the Northern Illinois region. If you have a passion of helping customers be successful this is a great opportunity for you!

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and provide agronomic and product education and training to the field sales force that supports the sales and service of Pioneer ® brand products and associated technologies.
  • Work with the Technical Product Manager and Agronomy Research Manager to plan and conduct Sales Area, and United States/Canada Region agronomy field trials and demonstrations that provide information that will improve the management and/or positioning of Pioneer products and services.
  • Partner with Product Agronomists, Territory Managers, and Sales Reps to create and deliver agronomic and product information which improves the productivity and profitability of Pioneer customers.
  • Serve as primary agronomic resource to account managers to resolve difficult customer concerns.
  • Provide in-field and structured classroom agronomic training for field sales employees.
  • Provide timely agronomic information to the field sales team to support the sales effort.
  • Provide in-field and structured classroom agronomic training for field sales employees.
  • Provide timely agronomic information to the field sales team to support the sales effort.
  • Coach field sales employees on customer service call best practices
  • Assist in resolving customer service calls involving product performance and/or agronomic issues when unable to be resolved by Account Manager
  • Work with account management team to provide customized agronomic information and on-farm research project support for primary customer accounts
  • Prepare product performance summaries for use by area sales force and Marketing team
  • Provide agronomic content for technical and marketing communications for both internal and external audiences (Walking Your Fields, Field Facts and Crop Focus, web, mobile, etc…)
  • Provide input on Account Manager and sales rep performance, selection and evaluation to the Area Manager when requested.
  • Design and coordinate Product Knowledge Plot (PKP) programs that will be executed by field sales employees.
  • Provide liaison between field sales and the North American agronomy sciences team.
  • Plan and execute on-farm agronomic research projects as appropriate. Analyze and interpret agronomy research results.
  • Provide written agronomy research summaries that can be used to support product management, positioning, and field sales training
  • Coordinate and implement 3rd party research projects (e.g. universities, trade associations, consultancies).
  • Execute business unit and North American level agronomic research projects and initiatives
  • Provide overall performance evaluations on commercial Pioneer seed products.
  • Support product life cycle management in assigned area

Job Qualifications
Bachelor's degree is required, preferably in an agronomic field. Master's Degree in agronomy or equivalent is preferred.
At least 5 years Agronomy experience is preferred.

Demonstrated knowledge of:

  • Crop production/cultural practices
  • Pioneer offerings and competitive agronomy/product/service offerings; local Ag markets; value chain and production practices, and DuPont product offerings in relation to seed
  • Selling & marketing tools and techniques
  • Environmental, regulatory, and stewardship issues of Pioneer and competitive products at the local/regional level
  • Company policies and procedures.

Demonstrated skills in:

  • Teaching/training and presenting
  • Working knowledge of field experimentation methods
  • Understanding of yield monitors, mapping systems, and spatial data
  • Observing, analyzing, summarizing, and communicating agronomic/product trial results and information
  • Conflict resolution and handling objections
  • Using computer hardware and software to generate reports, access, and communicate
  • Pioneer information and complete administrative duties

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Communicate and transfer knowledge both verbally and written
  • Build/maintain strong relationships with customers, key industry/market influencers,
  • Pioneer & DuPont internal partners and teammates
  • DuPont internal partners and teammates
  • Work effectively within a team environment
  • Lead and influence projects and coach individuals in accomplishing defined objectives/goals
  • Understands the needs and values of partners and customers and develop solutions to satisfy/retain
  • Get results by taking initiative, overcoming obstacles & finding creative solutions
  • Work independently with minimum supervision and operate within budget
  • Work in and adapt to a rapidly changing business environment

Corteva Agriscience™, the agriculture division of DowDuPont™, is the only major agriscience company completely dedicated to agriculture. By combining the colossal strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences, we've harnessed agriculture's brightest minds and expertise gained over two centuries of scientific achievement to enrich the lives of producers and consumers alike. We are driven by our beliefs and our purpose, which is to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come.

We are excited to announce that Corteva Agriscience™ is the name of the new Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. We are bringing together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences to create a market-shaping, standalone agriculture company with leading positions in seed technologies, crop protection and digital agriculture. We will work across the global agriculture value chain to create a more efficient food system.

At Corteva Agriscience™, we seek to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume. This means we will help rejuvenate the agricultural ecosystem to support people and the planet and to ensure progress for generations to come.