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Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Answer Plot Research Specialist

Land O'Lakes, Inc. - Bismarck, ND

This role is part of our WinField United business that provides crop inputs and insights to farmers through our network of independent ag retailers. Through our leadership expertise, high quality products, rich data and innovative ag technology, we strive to help the retailers and farmers they serve intelligently advance agriculture and help farmers win in every field around the world.    QualificationsThe Research Specialist role is the operating arm of an Answer Plot Team. The person in this role performs all aspects of operational functions including but not limited to: farm equipment preparation & operation, seed prep, equipment transport, field operations and GIS applications.  The Research Specialist reports to a Research Manager for his designated territory and assists in planning and executing the Answer Plot objectives for his/her region. The Research Specialist must be able to communicate effectively, keep detailed records, and follow instruction. Customer focus is imperative. % of Total Job Duty or Area of Responsibility  5% Work with the LOL safety team to ensure DOT and Safety compliance. This includes tracking fuel receipts, RAIR compliance; ensuring proper log book procedures are followed.  25% Crop scouting/advising: Considerable time will be spent walking Answer Plots to evaluate weed control, insect infestations and disease outbreaks, consulting with Agronomists or Technical Seed Managers on solutions, and planning operations to resolve issues with crop production.  25% Answer Plot maintenance and preparation: Much time is devoted to preparing sites for training sessions or grower field days. Grooming plots and planning protocol execution to coincide with these events is paramount.  25% Oversee and coordinate temporary labor needs: Summer Research Technicians require direction from Research Specialists to complete operational goals. The RS develops workflows and task lists and trains Summer Research Technicians on skills necessary to complete the work in a timely manner with exceptional quality. 20% Answer Plot Planning Activities: The Research Specialist will assist his/her Research Manager in a number of planning and organizing tasks such as but not limited to the following: sourcing sites, developing contracts, site layout, entry lists, database setup, equipment prep, fertilizer and CPP planning, operational plans, and data flow planning. Job Scope: Budget, Revenue, Direct Reports, Sales Volume, etc. Required Qualifications: Experience and Education College degree in Ag related field 2 years of small plot or Ag retail experience or 1-2 years previous AP Summer Research Technician Must have or can obtain a Class A CDL and Pesticide Applicators License within first 60 days of employment Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft suite of products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Ability to work independently and in a team environment Must have a valid drivers license acceptable to company policy in order to operate company vehicle Previous experience operating farm or research equipment would be ideal Role will require daily and overnight travel, as well as extended hours (including weekends) (50% or more) Competencies & Other Skills Communication Delivers clear, concise, and effective verbal and written messages directed to the appropriate audience(s). Makes commitments and keeps them. Gets things done in collapsed time frames. Reduces complexity and increases focus. Delivers industry leading results. Maintains effectiveness despite changes. Can change direction quickly. Can support/adapt to change despite disagreeing with it. Demonstrates honesty, is widely trusted, keeps commitments, treats people with dignity and respect, is open to the perspectives of others, and walks the talk. Gathers and integrates critical information, recognizing and addressing underlying assumptions of others, to arrive at effective solutions. Breaks down problems into simple tasks or activities. Analyzes relationships among several parts of a problem or situation. Responds appropriately and takes personal responsibility for meeting customers' expectations. Maintains effective communications with customers. Works to improve service with customers by knowing and anticipating customers' needs and matching needs to products/services Other skills: Must have ability to lift 50 lbs, able to climb on and off of farm/research equipment and be able to walk and work in field plots. In addition, should be able to communicate with all levels (verbal and written), as well as concentration, memory and decision making all part of normal job expectations. Environment: Farm/research equipment can be loud, fields are dusty and dirty, and weather conditions can vary from hot and humid to cold and wet. Preferred Qualifications: Bachelors degree in Ag related field Competencies & Other Skills Effectively organizes time, people, and activities. Figures out the necessary processes to get things done. Leverages others' expertiseEffectively approaches and resolves conflicts. Can settle disputes effectively. Finds common ground and gains cooperation quickly. Maintains professionalism despite others' reactions. Technical/Professional Knowledge & Skills Has a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in Agronomy, Ag Technology, and Ag Business profession. Takes responsibility for one's own actions, commitments, development. Sets goals and takes initiative to continuously improve performance, processes, and products. Manages one's own stress and frustrations effectively. Demonstrates a sense of urgency and perseveres despite obstacles.   EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled. Land O'Lakes, Inc. enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.  

9 days 6 hours ago

Land O'Lakes, Inc.


Answer Plot Research Specialist Land O'Lakes, Inc. - Bismarck, ND, United States


Location: Bismarck, ND

Company Profile:
Land O’Lakes, Inc. is one of America’s premiere member-owned cooperatives. We offer local cooperatives and agricultural producers across the nation an extensive line of agricultural supplies, as well as state-of-the-art production and business services. We also are a leading marketer of dairy-based food products for consumers, foodservice professionals and food manufacturers.