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Digital Product Placement Lead

Durham, NC / Full Time

August 26

Syngenta is a global leader in agriculture; rooted in science and dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of our 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanity’s most pressing challenges: growing more food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace environment are enablers of our ambition to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture. Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. No matter what your position, you will have a vital role in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.

Role purpose

At Syngenta we believe in the unlimited potential of plants to improve the lives of farmers, and consumers. By harnessing the potential of plants, we can intensify the production of food, fuel and fiber in a profitable, but sustainable way to benefit our community and planet. As Product Advancement and Placement Lead, you will use visionary leadership to set the direction for building an integrated, automated and digitized product advancement and placement workflow, which leverages cutting edge data science capabilities for customer centric product development. You will do this by directing a group of team leads that design and maintain solution roadmaps, prioritize capability development across multiple digital product platforms to continuously generate new value. Your group will deliver value thru the development and deployment of novel decision science capabilities in global, enterprise tools. Come be a part of the most trusted and compelling company in the industry!


  • Establish a comprehensive digital strategy for Seeds R&D to enable a robust data-driven product advancement and placement decision-making platform
  • Create and actively maintain a defined strategic vision with objectives and quantifiable success metrics for product advancement and placement digital workflows
  • Orchestrate the delivery of strategic outcomes across multiple solution teams to deliver game changing decision science capabilities
  • Expertly navigate a diverse, complex and global stakeholder community by driving consensus where possible, and making decisive prioritization decisions when necessary
  • Develop and sustain a highly engaged team of genomic prediction and manage analytics experts and foster the growth of scientific and leadership talent
  • Build effective organizational partnerships with Research and Development IT, Analytics and Data Science, Regional Crops, and external experts to continually translate data science, plant breeding and information technology into business value through enhanced analytics and decision making
  • As a member of the Analytics and Data Science leadership team, contribute to the development and implementation of analytics to support company strategies and initiatives
  • Promote a safe work environment and a strong safety culture

Knowledge, Experience & Capabilities

  • Deep experience in plant breeding and product development and placement
  • Experience with statistics, analytics, data science, machine learning and their application to solve biological problems
  • Experience with analytics, modelling, data science and visualization
  • Knowledge in current agile methodologies, including Scrum
  • Understanding of people leadership and development
  • Portfolio management knowledge in the context of a matrixed, cross-disciplinary organization
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to explain complex data to non-experts, are required
  • Understanding of current trends and issues in agriculture R&D


Critical experience

  • PhD or equivalent in Genetics, Plant Science or Plant Breeding or related fields with at least 8 years of relevant experience
  • Experience applying data science in a scientific/R&D environment
  • Experience working effectively in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated strong record of scientific achievement (publications, patents, etc.)
  • Experience working with the end-to-end modelling process, including problem formulation and model development, calibration, validation, application and deployment
  • Experience in software and seed product development
  • Experience partnering with an IT organization to develop and support software applications
  • Experience creating a strong team environment across a large set of separate agile teams and stakeholders
  • Experience partnering with an IT organization to design, develop and support software applications
  • Experience in change leadership

Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities

  • A “bar-raiser” mentality and the drive to motivate and lead teams to achieve great things
  • A passion for innovation and exploration
  • Excellent problem analysis and problem solving
  • Enthusiastic, communicative, collaborative and results oriented
  • Ability to reduce complexity by focusing on meaningful business outcomes
  • Ability to work through ambiguity and uncertainty to deliver results
  • Ability to work effectively across disciplines in a global matrix with diverse cultures and skillsets
  • Ability to develop and effectively communicate a vision to inspire and motivate teams toward a common key goal
  • Strong and proactive leadership, stakeholder management, communication, influencing, facilitation, networking, and conflict management skills

Critical leadership capabilities

  • Customer success and profitable market share growth guide our decisions
  • We work together to deliver – one team, one plan
  • We trust and hold each other accountable
  • Our people’s development is a priority, they are our competitive advantage
  • We encourage people to say what they think and feel to benefit from diverse perspectives
  • We give and welcome prompt and actionable feedback
  • We constantly raise performance expectations for ourselves and our teams
  • We act on performance issues
  • We live by our Code of Conduct
  • We are energized by our work and celebrate our achievements

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