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Technical Development Representative
Req ID 01MHT
Date posted 10/30/2017

Monsanto’s South Africa Technology Development organization currently has an opportunity for a Technology Development Representative with expertise in applied field research and agronomic sciences to provide technical leadership to a select geography within the Delmas area. Technology Development Representatives are key members of teams that support the product development and commercial product expansion of our new corn products.
The Technology Development Representative is an exciting and unique role in Monsanto. The role plays an important step in the final testing and development of products, generally a couple of years before the product launches and then continued work through and after launch. It also has the responsibility of ensuring technical leadership in developing and transferring key knowledge to the sales organization so the commercial product will be properly positioned and used by growers. This role allows individuals to work with many different functions in Monsanto from sales, marketing, regulatory, biotechnology, and breeding to just mention a few. The role is quite unique in that is has both a research and commercial focus.


   Plan and execute a field research program that evaluates new corn germplasm
   Determine and demonstrate the value, positioning and agronomic fit of Monsanto products in local commercial farmer and small holder farmer production systems
   Actively participate and lead protocol development and product advancement decisions
   Establish and manage field research to assess novel pipeline biotechnology traits in corn, soybean and other crops
   Contract and coordinate academic and crop consultant testing and research program
   Ensure proper stewardship of products including weed resistance and insect resistance management
   Ensure regulatory compliance with broad regulatory requirements
   Ensure timely data entry and quality
   Direct and manage local trials in conjunction with sales teams to generate features and benefits data and associated support materials (handouts, presentations)
   Provide product and agronomic training for internal sales team and external seed & retail partners
   Build strong working relationships with key influencers including academia, crop consultants, commodity/grower groups and others
   Identify and assess new technology based business opportunities
   Assist sales organization with performance inquiries requiring advanced agronomic and product knowledge

Required Skills/Experience:

   MS degree in Agronomy, Horticulture, Soil Science, Entomology or related discipline
   Hands on production experience with corn, soybean or other field crops
   Effectively demonstrate self-motivation, initiative, assertiveness, and results orientation
   Successfully work in a fast-paced changing environment
   Ability to successfully work in teams
   Willingness to relocate
   Strong people and communication skills
   Desire for long term career advancement (i.e. Research, Marketing or other areas)
   Good technical computer skills (i.e. Microsoft Office/Outlook, relevant apps, Excel, etc.)
   Willingness to travel

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