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Technical Development Representative Vegetables Intern

Apply Later Req ID 01NDP Date posted 12/05/2017

Monsanto’s South Africa Technology Development organization currently has an opportunity for a Technology Development Representative with expertise in applied field research and agronomic sciences to provide technical leadership to a select geography within the Brits area. Technology Development Representatives are key members of teams that support the product development and commercial product expansion of our new vegetable products.

The Technology Development Representative is an exciting and unique role in Monsanto. The role plays an important step in the final testing and development of products, generally a couple of years before the product launches and then continued work through and after launch. It also has the responsibility of ensuring technical leadership in developing and transferring key knowledge to the sales organization so the commercial product will be properly positioned and used by growers. This role allows individuals to work with many different functions in Monsanto from sales, marketing, regulatory, biotechnology, and breeding to just mention a few. The role is quite unique in that is has both a research and commercial focus.


  • Plan and execute a field research program that evaluates new vegetable varieties

  • Determine and demonstrate the value, positioning and agronomic fit of Monsanto products in local commercial farmer and small holder farmer production systems

  • Actively participate and lead protocol development and product advancement decisions

  • Establish and manage field research to assess variety characteristics

  • Contract and coordinate academic and crop consultant testing and research program

  • Ensure proper stewardship of products

  • Ensure regulatory compliance with broad regulatory requirements

  • Ensure timely data entry and quality

  • Direct and manage local trials in conjunction with sales teams to generate features and benefits data and associated support materials (handouts, presentations)

  • Provide product and agronomic training for internal sales team and external seed & retail partners as well as growers

  • Build strong working relationships with key influencers including academia, crop consultants, commodity/grower groups and others

  • Identify and assess new technology based business opportunities

  • Assist sales organization with performance inquiries requiring advanced agronomic and product knowledge

Required Skills/Experience: 

  • MS degree in Agronomy, Horticulture, Soil Science, Entomology or related discipline  - Intern probably will need a different qualification? 

  • Hands on production experience with vegetable crops 

  • Effectively demonstrate self-motivation, initiative, assertiveness, and results orientation 

  • Successfully work in a fast-paced changing environment 

  • Ability to successfully work in teams 

  • Willingness to relocate 

  • Strong people and communication skills 

  • Desire for long term career advancement (i.e. Research, Marketing or other areas) 

  • Good technical computer skills (i.e. Microsoft Office/Outlook, relevant apps, Excel, etc.) 

  • Willingness to travel  

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