Agronomy Manager - MidSouth (MO, TN, AR, MS, LA)


Date: Nov 25, 2022
City: Des Moines, IA
Contract type: Full time


Who are we, and what do we do?

At Corteva Agriscience, you will help us grow what's next. No matter your role, you will be part of a team that is building the future of agriculture – leading breakthroughs in the innovation and application of science and technology that will better the lives of people all over the world and fuel the progress of humankind.

We are currently seeking an Agronomy Manager serving the MidSouth. The Agronomy Manager will lead the execution of Corteva agronomy training and innovation for the assigned Sales Area. This role will be the “face” of agronomy for the Sales Area. Represent Corteva agronomy to our accounts and their leadership teams (alongside account management), to our global business centers, and to public/press.

Responsibilities: What Will You Do?

  • Coordinate with Area and District Leaders to develop and deliver differentiating product knowledge and innovative agronomy training that engages retail sellers and farmers. Focus is transferring technical understanding by virtual, in-person and e-learning methods.

  • Build and drive implementation of an agronomic plan for the sales area, that includes product knowledge, agronomy training, and product positioning.

  • Provide leadership to Field Agronomists as they implement the product and agronomy knowledge transfer plan to sellers

  • Focus on train the trainer activities to enable Sales Agronomists and Retail Managers to effectively transfer product and agronomy knowledge that supports Phytogen and Pioneer seed sales.

  • Work with Corteva Account Management team to be the face of agronomy for our national retailers in the Sales Area.

  • Coordinate and execute with Corteva Account Management and District Sales Leaders training opportunities for national retailers across the Sales Area, including the introduction of new products.

  • Identify and develop agronomic synergies between national retailers and the Corteva sales area to ultimately drive new business.

  • Focus on the Enlist System with national retailers as the trait of the future and gain agronomic support and understanding of the system.

  • Initiate and execute agronomy research projects in support of CU agronomy and sales priorities. Projects need to be focused and aligned with product strategy and product knowledge efforts in corn, soy and cotton.

  • Primary focus of Commercial Unit projects is on-farm agronomy comparisons coordinated with Sales Agronomists and Retail Managers including Product Innovation trials.

  • Serve as key contact with US Agronomy Sciences for agronomy innovation on-farm studies. Participate in protocol and information delivery planning sessions with US Agronomy Sciences.

  • Analyze, interpret and disseminate results from US-initiated and CU agronomy research projects (on-farm, university, small plots) in innovative forms that will drive sales (presentations, decisions aids, publications).

  • Support digital ag team through providing agronomic expertise as needed. Be comfortable in understanding and use of digital ag tools to position and manage products.

  • Connect with appropriate research personnel to advocate crop management research that supports sales.

  • Coordinate Commercial Unit Crop Management Research Awards (CMRA) projects with university researchers in conjunction with Agronomy Sciences team and commercial agronomists.

  • Develop planning cadence with Sales Leadership regarding the Field Agronomist priorities and confirm that local agronomy and field research is aligned with the Commercial Unit and Sales Area objectives.

  • Support and coach Field Agronomists on CU-initiated agronomy projects to engage sellers and drive knowledge transfer to retailers and Sales Agronomists.

This is a virtual role that my be located anywhere in the Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi or Louisiama area , preference would be located near an airport.



What Is Expected from You?

  • Ph. D. or M. S. with five years field research experience in biological sciences with expertise in Agronomy, Weed Science, Soil Science or Entomology.

  • Five years post graduate research management experience preferred with an agricultural company or university in conceiving, coordinating, executing, summarizing, and reporting results from field research trials in writing and oral presentations.

  • Familiarity with field mapping and precision farming systems is preferred.

  • Strong technical knowledge of Commercial Unit agriculture and crop systems including factors which influence decisions by producers and management practices impacting IP systems

  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental, regulatory and product stewardship issues of Corteva products & technologies and Corteva product offerings in relation to seed.

  • Professional relationships with leading regional public research and extension personnel

  • Working knowledge of experimental designs and statistics.

  • Demonstrated ability to assimilate large amounts of technical information and to condense it into useable and understandable form.

  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English and ability to communicate appropriately with diverse audiences.

  • Strong questioning and feedback skills - including working with divergent points of view.

  • Demonstrated public relations skills

  • Planning and organization ability

  • Ability to work with a minimum of supervision by taking initiative to meet goals & objectives

  • Ability to interact with and facilitate projects across diverse internal and external groups, including growers, retailers, agronomists, crop consultants, product managers, research scientists, research associates, public researchers and extension specialists.


What you can expect from us:

  • Comprehensive benefits package including

  • Competitive health, vision, and dental insurance

o Sales incentive bonus plan

o 401k company match

o 4 weeks paid time off to start & paid holidays

  • Company-provided cell phone, laptop, vehicle, and business expense account

  • Work-life balance – a varied mix of working from a home office and spending time out in the field

Check out life at Corteva!

Ready to grow your perspectives, impact, and career? We seek applicants from all backgrounds to ensure we get the best, most creative talent on our team. Start by applying to this opportunity today!

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.

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