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Sr. Manager of Agronomy Prospective & Development

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Date: Jul 28, 2022

Location: Salinas, CA, US, 93908

Company: Bonduelle

What if your job had a real impact? 

By joining Bonduelle, the world leader in ready-to-use plant-based food, you are deciding to make a positive and sustainable impact on yourself, others, and the planet. You will play an active part in our mission: "inspire the transition toward a plant-based diet to contribute to people's well-being and planet health". Bonduelle is a family-run company of 14,600 people which provides over 100 countries with vegetables. 

Well established in the United States, our business unit includes 4 production facilities with more than 3,200 associates. We process fresh vegetables, salads and meal solutions with our own brands: Ready Pac Foods®, Bistro®, Ready Snax®, Cool Cuts® and Bonduelle Fresh Picked™.

 

Join us at Bonduelle to start an adventure where people come first and contribute to a better future through plant-based food!

 

Position Summary:
This position will serve as a key global resource focused on raw leafy green ingredients, food, and agriculture operations. This role will help lead and direct program efforts to counsel grower partners in their sustainability journey as they seek to understand and meet expectations in the ESG/CSR segment. We are looking for an individual with strong initiative, energy, and professionalism. The ideal candidate is comfortable assessing our supplier base, working with a global and cross-functional team, and providing measurable solutions. 

 

By your key position in our company, you will support our environmental and social initiatives to drive progress against our corporate social responsibility and B Corp certification ambitions.

 

Primary Duties:

 

AG ESG & Sustainability- 20%

  • Support global initiatives such as our Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability goals
  • Fit the vision of Bonduelle group BPact in regenerative  farming practices  

AG Tech & Innovation- 30%

  • Ground truthing and data collection and analysis
  • AGRO ONE oversight and implementation across all BFA 

Seed Management & Variety Programs- 20%

  • Effectively communicate planting and zoning locations at early crop stages
  • Coordinate crop varieties with seed companies and growers to ensure the execution of variety planning.
  • Physically planting plots in the field and evaluating growth stages to meet Bonduelles specifications

Product Innovation- 20%

  • Identify pre-commercial commodities/products to fit our innovation pipelines that align with our I&D vision
  • Collect, consolidate, and report data on variety trials and R&D projects

Special Projects- 10%

  • Working with local industry groups and universities to troubleshoot common Ag challenges 

 

Key Deliverables: 

  • Record data pertaining to experimentation, research, or plant care.
  • Record environmental data from field samples of soil,  water, or pesticides to monitor the effectiveness of integrated pest management (IPM) practices.
  • Conduct studies of nitrogen or alternative fertilizer application methods, quantities, or timing to ensure the satisfaction of crop needs and minimization of leaching, runoff, or denitrification.
  • Conduct data evaluation of insect or plant disease surveys.
  • Tests on seeds to evaluate seed viability.
  • Assessment of soil erosion from various planting or tillage systems, such as conservation tillage with mulch or ridge till systems, no-till systems, or conventional tillage systems with or without moldboard plows.
  • Performance of crop production duties such as tilling, hoeing, pruning, weeding, and harvesting crops.
  • Collaboration and relationships with seed and technology business partners. 
  • Documentation of seed variety trials along with research and development projects.
  • Boots on the ground evaluations traveling to field locations.
  • Growers in alignment with global strategies.
  • Work cross-functionally with departments to ensure program effectiveness across the company.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainability, Business, Supply Chain, or Related Field 
  • +5 years of related experience required, preferably in Agronomy, Soil & Plant Science, Sustainability
  • Strong communicator, attention to detail, and high level of organization
  • Self-starter and enjoys working with field operations
  • Familiar with CSR and AG Tech segments
  • Farming background and working knowledge of field operations in leafy greens
  • Knowledge of Industry Transitions (Salinas to Yuma, Yuma to Salinas, etc.)
  • Familiar w/ Microsoft Applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) 
  • Proficiency in Google Suite preferred
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced multicultural Environment
     

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to develop a strong understanding of the Bonduelle model and build strong relationships within and between the different BUs
  • Ability to build and maintain a strong network and utilize their knowledge and experiences to influence solutions that benefit business partners
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate and persuade at all management levels and thrive in a cross-functional environment
  • Knowledge of the company’s business practices and direction, as well as familiarity with the company’s products and resources
  • Fluent in Spanish- Helpful but not Mandatory
  • Ability to organize and lead technical programs
  • A proven track record of results with a bias for action
  • A passion for learning and a craving to work in a fun culture

 

Bonduelle Fresh Americas does not require employees to be COVID-19 vaccinated and/or boostered at this time, but does require disclosure of vaccination status and supporting documents. Bonduelle Fresh Americas reserves the right to modify any internal policies, including safety policies, as needed and in compliance with all applicable laws.

 

Bonduelle Fresh Americas is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe in hiring individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a workforce that truly reflects our communities. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to veterans and individuals with disabilities or special needs during the application process and employment. If you need assistance, please contact us at (626) 856-8686 or bfa-info@bonduelle.com.  


Nearest Major Market: Salinas