Production Agronomist

RiceTec, Inc

Eagle Lake , Texas

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage crop in assigned areas to achieve and exceed yield and quality targets. Give attention to field crop agronomy to foresee potential issues and manage and mitigate those impacts. Utilize leading edge IPM practices to optimize results for cost, quality and yield.
  • Manage plant operations for drying, storage, cleaning, treating, packaging, and warehousing at location. May include managing some outside operations and tollers.
  • Lead safety efforts for all assigned areas and sites, ensure all training is completed for all staffing, and administer programs as directed by manager.
  • Accomplish all tasks on time, with high level of detail and in accordance with protocols (example, contracting, planting, mowing, GA, fungicides, helicoptering, harvest, routing, and data entry)
  • Train and monitor Technologists and seasonal employees for safe and proper operation on all equipment and processes, then mentor and validate each employee’s capability in all.
  • Ensure all processes are completed following published production protocols and ISO instructions all operations. All operations and information documented as required.
  • Ensure team collects accurate data for all operations and it is entered in time. Utilize reports to aide in planning and scheduling field/plant activities
  • Support continuous improvement through involvement in the Process Improvement initiatives, seek creative and original ways to improve yields, quality, and costs
  • Manage local budgets and monitor spends to budget and act accordingly to management directives and other cost savings measures. Closely manage OT of all hourly employees
  • Other duties as assigned

Successful candidate will also possess:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, SharePoint
  • Superior agronomy skills to complete crop production
  • Expert skills to operate seed plants and optimize bulk to finished product conversion
  • Mechanical aptitude to work with field/plant equipment
  • Strong analytical approach to work
  • GPS/GIS applications skills and developing statistical capability
  • Creative thinker for new and forward-looking solutions
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks
  • Results/detail orientation and the ability to work with a sense of urgency
  • Developing people leadership skills (motivating, mentoring, building teams)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, ability to present and convince/direct with diplomacy
  • Can manage and navigate conflicts with growers and employees to sound solutions
  • Strong team work/networking skills to work across multiple groups of people
  • Demonstrated decision making skills
  • Highly effective resources management, time management, and be well organized