Conservation Agronomist

Employer
Cargill
Location
Wayzata, Minnesota, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
May 13, 2021
Closes
May 16, 2021
Ref
2148781235
Discipline
Sustainability
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in Cargill's agricultural supply chain business, where we seamlessly connect farming customers with food, feed and industry.
JOB PURPOSE AND IMPACT
The Conservation Agronomist will provide farmer support and partner with others to drive implementation of our sustainability strategy and regenerative agriculture programs. In this role, you will work with row crop farmers, with Cargill businesses, corporate team members, outside industry groups and with downstream customers with a goal of delivering practical sustainability solutions that enable our business to grow and customer to be more profitable. You will help to develop, train and influence the team to gain proficiency in positioning and engaging farm customers in our sustainability programs and offerings.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES
- Serve as domain specialist for farmers and sales teams in the successful implementation of regenerative farming best practices such as integration of cover crops, reduced tillage, expanded crop rotations or efficient nutrient management to ensure optimal outcomes.
- Provide insights and input into sustainability strategies and incorporate emerging opportunities and expectations of our customers as well as corporate goals.
- Gain expertise and an understanding of various external programs, sustainable production schemes and digital technology solutions and common sustainability programs that the industry is using to engage customers.
- Collaborate in the development of programs to engage producers around sustainability practices, tools and technology, metrics or certifications that are economically sound, scalable and drive value for all stakeholders across the supply chain.
- Drive the execution of plans, to build engagement and trust with the farming customer and develop training tools, workshops and learning sessions to assist with internal and external sales.
- Track key metrics around sustainability strategy and business goals to ensure the value and progress is transparent to internal and external stakeholders.
- Partner with the marketing and communications teams to optimally position sustainability at the farmer customer level and internally to tell the story of our efforts across the supply chain.
- Independently handle complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff.
- Other duties as assigned
*This position offers flexibility to work from Midwest locations within the US with access to an airport OR can work out of one of our Cargill corporate or regional offices within the US.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent experience
- Minimum of four years of related work experience
- Demonstrated understanding of agronomy programs working with the farming community
- Other minimum qualifications may apply
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor's degree Agronomy, Crop or Soil Science, or a relevant field
- In-depth knowledge of agronomic principals and conservation / regenerative practices
- Minimum of four years of direct industry or consultancy experience working with farmers
- Experience driving productivity benefits and good environmental outcomes ie increased soil organic carbon, reduced nutrient run-off, water holding capacity and reduced green-house gas emissions
- Ability to translate technical and scientific knowledge, concepts into practical and understandable terms
- Ability to navigate, leverage and utilize social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook
- Certified Crop Advisor designation
- Willingness to travel 20-30%
- Experience in project or program management
Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.
At Cargill, everyone matters and everyone counts. Cargill is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and diverse work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. As such and in alignment with our Guiding Principles, Cargill's long-standing equal employment opportunity policy prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, family status, citizenship status, veteran status, military status, union affiliation, or any other status protected by law.
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