Indigo improves grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health through the use of natural microbiology and digital technologies. Utilizing beneficial plant microbes and agronomic insights, Indigo works with growers to sustainably produce high quality harvests. The company then connects growers and buyers directly to bring these harvests to market. Working across the supply chain, Indigo is forwarding its mission of harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA, with additional offices in Memphis, TN, Research Triangle Park, NC, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and São Paulo, Brazil. http://www.indigoag.com/      

This role will report to the Director, Field Sciences, supporting the evaluation of novel products as a component of the R&D pipeline.  This candidate will use their knowledge of agronomy and field sciences to oversee experimental design, implementation and analyze results.  Additionally, this position will play a key role in the continual improvement of the R&D pipeline.

 

Responsibilities:

Establish working relationships with Indigo global field-testing network

  • Establish key partnerships across organization including project management, product management, regulatory and International business teams to enable successful harmonization of R&D field-testing practices
  • Assess information and testing gaps from Indigo field-testing partners

Gain an understanding of R&D pipeline flow and stage-gate criteria

  • Work with project management and pipeline team members to establish clear requirements of field- testing program
  • Establish time line for delivery of key guidance documents and data reports to enable product pipeline

Review existing testing plan for global R&D field trials and identify most significant gaps and opportunities for alignment

  • Understand target product profiles and timing for delivery of products globally
  • Review current best practices and historical field-testing approach
  • Propose innovative approaches to experimental design in line with product targets

Contribute to field testing planning and execution

  • Support R&D field team as well as in-country field trial managers by providing recommendations on best trialing practices
  • Work closely with field trial coordinator and QMS rep to maintain protocol document library
  • Proactively incorporate feedback from CROs and stakeholders in to testing best practices

Timely delivery of high-quality field data and experimental results to key stakeholders

  • Support field sciences team with data entry and QC using corporate data systems
  • Analysis, interpretation and clear communication of experimental results formatted to meet specific stakeholder criteria
  • Work with data sciences to support evaluation of product performance data across entire pipeline

 

Competencies:

  • Outstanding communication skills across multiple platforms (1:1, in groups, presenting in front of groups, email, phone, etc) both internal & external to company
  • Strong collaborative team player but comfortable working autonomously to execute on deliverables
  • Self-starter who can quickly adapt to fast-paced company goals
  • Passion for field research, data analysis and interpretation
  • Ability to take ownership and drive projects to completion leveraging cross-functional support as needed
  • Comfortable managing multiple concurrent timelines
  • Demonstrates agility in response to new opportunities and changing objectives
  • Open minded, likes being creative and trying new methods
  • Comfortable working closely with statisticians and other scientists in evaluation of broad data sets

 

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in agronomy or related field OR M.S. with 10+ years experience
  • Strong agronomic management experience in at least one field crop (3+ years): rice, corn, soybean, wheat, cotton, and/or other small grains
  • Experience working internationally with ability to adjust working styles as needed
  • Demonstrated success in developing novel field experimental approaches preferred with an emphasis on environmental characterization methodology
  • Willingness to travel internationally
  • Proficiency with software systems and use of technology tools
    • Microsoft Suite (PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, etc.)
    • Zoom meeting platform
    • SharePoint
    • Confluence (preferred)
    • ARM (preferred)
    • Spotfire (preferred)

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