Operations Specialist

Syngenta Group
Nevada, IA 50201
United States
Job Description

Company Description

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. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.

Job Description

The purpose of the Operations Specialist is to provide daily guidance to production workers/contractors through our Nevada, IA and Slater, IA facilities.  This role is responsible for meeting our customer needs through execution of daily production, strictly follow HSE, Stewardship practices, quality, and continuous improvement methodologies that embrace Lean Manufacturing.


  • Supervise teams of production workers/contractors to meet daily customer goals in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.
  • Supervise and actively participate in the operation of pollinating, hand harvest and machine harvest of both corn and soybeans.
  • Focus on shift production levels and hitting the targets set for the allotted time period
  • Identify, recommend and implement measures to improve production throughput, equipment performance, product quality, waste reduction, resource flow and cell efficiencies.
  • Assist with Continuous Improvement projects.
  • Supervise the operation of PowerPlant clamshell packaging for all NA yield trials.
  • Performing all tasks and behaving in a manner compliant with and in support of all safety and stewardship related company policies and practices, including completion of all required company training courses.
  • Assist with regular maintenance, daily calibrations, and off season equipment testing.
  • Assist with completion of tasks for the daily direction to contract staff
  • Assist with task specific training to contract staff
  • Effectively communicating regularly with peers and supervisors regarding the status of projects and work activities to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to assist with outdoor, or other duties as assigned during the off season.


  • Must be able to work in a team environment.
  • Proven record of meeting deadlines in peak seasons.
  • Supervise the completion of workload to complete objectives and tasks.
  • Must be detail oriented, and drive attention to accuracy.
  • B.S. Degree in an engineering/agriculture/manufacturing related discipline and/or relevant experience preferred.
  • 2 or more years previous work experience in a related field
  • Demonstrated outstanding communication skills
  • Experience working with interdisciplinary teams.
  • A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driver’s history

Critical knowledge

  • Ability to use MS Office, especially Word, Excel, Power Point and other standard office software.
  • Ability to learn and utilize proprietary IT systems.
  • Demonstrated initiative and implementation of specific, measurable performance objectives.
  • Experience with Power BI, SmartSheets is a plus

Critical experience

  • Knowledge of best practices in warehouse/manufacturing environments a must
  • History of implementation of continuous improvements and new innovations

Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities

  • Spanish bilingual skills a plus.
  • Ability to use MS Office, especially Word and Excel, and other standard software.
  • Ability to learn and use proprietary systems for label printing and inventory management.
  • Ability and motivation to learn new technologies.
  • Role model Syngenta’s commitment to safety, sustainability and product stewardship.
  • Ability to effectively function as a team member in cross functional activities.

Critical leadership capabilities

  • Lead Self
  • Lead Internally
  • Lead Others
  • Lead Externally

Additional Information

  • Full Benefit Package (Medical, Dental & Vision) that starts the same day you do
  • 401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution
  • Paid Vacation, 9 Paid Holidays, Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts among others
  • A culture that promotes work/life balance, celebrates diversity, and offers numerous family-oriented events throughout the year

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.

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