Formulation Pilot Plant Team Leader

Syngenta Group
Greensboro, NC 27409
United States
Job Description

Company Description

As a world market leader in crop protection, we help farmers to counter these threats and ensure enough safe, nutritious, affordable food for all – while minimizing the use of land and other agricultural inputs.  

Syngenta Crop Protection keeps plants safe from planting to harvesting. From the moment a seed is planted through to harvest, crops need to be protected from weeds, insects and diseases as well as droughts and floods, heat and cold.  

Syngenta Crop Protection is headquartered in Switzerland. 

Job Description


  • Set high safety standards for the operations performed by the Formulation Engineering Pilot Plant.
  • Leads a Formulation Engineering Pilot Plant team to deliver a broad portfolio of new formulation development projects, capital projects and manufacturing support.
  • Delivers the agreed formulation development program in full compliance with all applicable HSE and quality standards.
  • Manages the daily operation of the NA Formulation Engineering Pilot Plant related to performing formulation scale up for development and processing studies.
  • Ensure the NA Formulation Engineering Pilot Plant equipment and infrastructure are maintained in accordance with the maintenance schedule and the Syngenta Maintenance Policy and Standards.
  • Lead the program for evaluation and introduction of new formulation technology into the NA Formulation Engineering Pilot Plant.
  • Establish the NA Formulation Engineering Pilot Plant strategic long view to define capital needs and future capabilities related to data acquisition and data science to support processing improvements.
  • Define and develop the technology and people capabilities needed in the NA Formulation Engineering Pilot Plant to deliver Syngenta’s current and future requirements.
  • Leads activities performed with the technician team in the NA Formulation Engineering Pilot Plant.
  • Develop the capability, both technology and people, in NA Formulation Engineering to meet the current and future Syngenta's needs.
  • Proactively provide mentoring towards people development.


  • Ensure thorough Risk Assessments are completed for formulation development and process studies activities in the NA Formulation Engineering team.
  • Ensure a collaborative working approach between laboratory and manufacturing sites.
  • Lead pilot plant team in the development and scale-up of manufacturing technologies.
  • Provide pilot plant team expertise to new product development and applies best practice in scale-up and process development to ensure quality and capacity targets are met right first time.
  • Apply the principles of Lean Manufacturing, Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement to drive standardization in manufacturing technologies, methodologies, and protocols across the team.
  • Support the process design activities for capital projects within Finished Product Processing and generate experimental or trial results to underpin the process design.
  • Maintain a clear focus on building and sustaining technical capability within NA Formulation Engineering and coach individuals to close gaps in technical competency.
  • Apply specialist knowledge of manufacturing technology to deliver increases in capacity and product quality through debottlenecking and optimization of formulation manufacturing assets.
  • Co-lead projects/ teams to identify, implement and promote best practice and innovation in production technology in the pilot plant and production sites.
  • Encourage evaluation and trial novel manufacturing equipment and processing techniques, and work with site manufacturing teams to introduce into full-scale manufacture formulations.
  • Ensure that all activities in the NA Formulation Engineering Pilot Plant are documented and in full compliance with the established systems and procedures.


  • B.S. Engineering degree with 8+ years of proven experience (adjusted based on further degree). in technical position in formulation processing development or formulation manufacturing. 
  • Strong continuous improvement, process risk assessment expertise and HSE excellence mindset.
  • Experience working in cross-functional organizations, transiting in a dynamic and uncertain environment ensuring effective and focused project delivery (on time and in budget).
  • Proven ability to prioritize activities and manage multiple requests from different stakeholders.  
  • Comprehensive understanding of the end-to-end processes for product development, complex formulation processing scale-up and lifecycle management.

Additional Information

What We Offer: 

  • A culture that celebrates diversity & inclusion, promotes professional development, and strives for a work-life balance that supports the team members. Offers flexible work options to support your work and personal needs 
  • Full Benefit Package (Medical, Dental & Vision) that starts your first day  
  • 401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution  
  • Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts, among other benefits 

Syngenta has been ranked as a top employer by Science Journal. 

Learn more about our team and our mission here: 

Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. 

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.