Agronomy and Product Development Specialist at SeedCo Nigeria Limited

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    Saro AgroSciences Ltd the first company in the Group started out in 1991. Today it’s the leading marketer of Crop Protection Products in Nigeria & Ghana, committed to empowering Two Million Farmers within the next 5 years with superior agro-input (CPP, Seeds & Fertilizer) & Knowledge that will enable them increase thei…

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    Agronomy and Product Development Specialist

    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification MBA/MSc/MA , PhD/Fellowship
    • Experience 10 years
    • Location Kaduna
    • Job Field Agriculture / Agro-Allied&nbsp

    Job Summary

    • He/She will champion product maintenance, seed production research, and product development trial in the tropical lowland environments.
    • He/She will act as a link between Seed Co and farming stakeholders and partners, with a strategic mandate of driving the promotion, awareness, and adoption of Seed Co cultivars among farmers.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Conducting parent seed purification to support the production of high-quality seed.
    • Designing and executing seed production research trials including synchronization and agronomic studies that will lead to enhancement of productivity.
    • Providing leadership in designing and executing agronomy studies that will improve seed yield to above thresholds that are competitive.
    • Evaluate maize and rice hybrids, soyabean, cowpeas and other small grains.
    • Supporting business functions such as executing strip trials and demonstration plots
    • Champion collaboration with national institutions and CIGIAR institutions operating in the region, including IITA, Africa Rice and CIMMYT.
    • Product development and registration of products in regional countries and ECOWAS.
    • Work collaboratively with farmers, farmer’s organizations, Groups, Co-operatives, NGO’s, Extension services and other partnering organization that promotes sustainable farming practices.
    • Capacity development and mentoring assigned personnel.
    • Any other activities that support organizational objectives.

    Requirements
    Our Ideal Candidate – Knowledge, Skills and Competences:

    • Good networking
    • Strategic capabilities and demonstration of leadership in delivering and rolling out demonstration Programs, Farmers Training, and Lead Farmer Ambassador Programs
    • Farmer orientation and focused communication targeting smallholder farming communities and agronomy support to farmers.
    • Coordinate and monitor initiatives for the farmer-facing initiatives.
    • Recruiting Lead Farmer Agencies and grow AgriSeed Co’s brand equity in the targeted farming communities.
    • Administration of training sessions and events for advancement of farmers and the AgriSeed Co-brand
    • Management and implementation of awareness campaigns to enhance AgriSeed Co’s category leadership and brand familiarity.
    • Position requires extensive driving across the country and the incumbent must be highly energetic and self-driven.
    • The candidate must be a self-starter, passionate about farming communities and farmer education, with experience in sustainable farmer relationship management.
    • Good organizational development skills with excellent communication (verbal and written) capabilities.
    • Ability to protect the reputation of the organization and maintain integrity.

    Qualification

    • Minimum of a second-class upper University degree, preferably in business, marketing, or management, or related fields
    • MSc /PhD in Agronomy or related discipline
    • Communication skills – both written and oral
    • Supervision, management, and leadership attributes
    • Ability to work in a diverse and multi-cultural institution.
    • Willingness to travel both in-country and abroad.
    • Trust and openness
    • At least 10 years experience working in a related field.
    • Experience and knowledge of the agricultural industry will be an added advantage.
    • Age Requirement: 35 – 45 years

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Saro Agrosciences Limited on saroafrica.com to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.



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