Testing Site Lead
Testing Site Lead
Location: Marshalltown, IA
Purpose and Scope
As the largest, family-owned retail seed company in the United States, Beck’s was founded on faith, hard work, and innovation of our family and family of employees. As we continue to grow, our culture is maintained by those who work hard to make a difference in the lives of farmers. Beck’s is seeking quality individuals to join our family of employees.
Our Testing Site Lead will champion a team atmosphere while leading and coaching our multi functional research testing team. Our Testing Site Lead will have experience working with a crop breeding program with 5 years experience with yield testing.
Coordinate plot locations and logistics with plot cooperators
Ensure plots are of the desired characteristics
Ensure plots are measured and flagged accurately
Planting of mini-strip and replicated plots
Transporting planting equipment to outlying locations
Ensuring plots are planted as directed by the Regional Operations Manager
Collect data needed as directed by the Regional Operations Manager.
Work with cooperators to ensure plots are maintained to Beck’s standards
Apply fertilizer, herbicide, and insecticide as needed
Transporting harvest equipment to outlying locations
Collect fall agronomic notes (standability, plant integrity, etc.)
Conduct harvest of mini-strip and replicated plots
Research equipment maintenance
Ensure machinery is maintained to Beck’s Hybrids standards to minimize downtime
Diagnose and make repairs as needed
Supervise full time and part time testing employees on site.
Participate in interviewing team members on site.
Ensure part time labor needs are met to accomplish tasks directed by the Regional Operations Manager.
Work with other department leads on site in an effort to keep the site operating at maximum efficiency.
Other duties as required by the Regional Operations Manager.
1. Education and Training
Bachelor of Science degree in an agricultural related field
Class A CDL
Pesticide applicator license
Certified Crop Adviser preferred
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and insurable driving record as determined by Beck’s automobile insurance policy.
2. Technical Requirements:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Possess strong agronomic and mechanical skills
Possess positive attitude
Strong agricultural knowledge
Ability to establish priorities, work independently, work as a team member, and proceed with objectives without supervision
Skill to use personal computer and various software packages
Overnight travel is required
Possess a high level of attention to detail
Strong working knowledge of field research equipment, specifically plot planters, plot combines and data collection equipment, and field computers.
3. Physical demands:
Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds frequently, and up to 70 pounds occasionally
Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time
Ability to work in all weather conditions
Must be able to pass DOT physical examination and obtain Medical Examiner’s Certificate.
A minimum of 5 years field research experience. Supervisory experience preferred