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Harvest Platform Lead

St. Louis , Missouri

Req ID 01S18

We’re a global team working to shape agriculture through breakthrough innovation that will benefit farmers, consumers, and our planet.

  • Full-Time
  • Level: All
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Who We Are

Bayer successfully completed the acquisition of Monsanto in June 2018, bringing together Monsanto’s leadership in seeds and plant traits with Bayer’s leadership in chemical and biological crop protection. By joining forces, we will create even more extensive career opportunities for talent around the world. We’re a global team working to shape agriculture through breakthrough innovation that will benefit farmers, consumers, and our planet. While we are now Bayer, we will continue to hire using separate career sites until we can integrate our career platforms.

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  • Compensation:

    Monsanto offers competitive pay and benefits, as well as other exciting rewards.

  • Insurance (Medical, Dental, Vision):

    Monsanto offers a Health and Insurance Benefits Program that allows you to tailor your own benefits package.

  • Paid time off:

    We believe we can all be more effective individuals if there's a proper balance among the various demands of work, family and life.

  • Paid training:

    Internal and external seminars and conferences are available to increase your technical, professional and managerial skills.

  • Savings Plan:

    We provide you an opportunity to save up to 25% of your eligible pay in a personal savings program to which Monsanto also contributes.

  • Variety and Collaboration:

    Opportunities to participate in varied types of projects and get new experiences from partnerships with many organizations within Monsanto.

Responsibilities

We are seeking a motivated Harvest Platform Lead in our Engineering Team. This position will be located in St. Louis, MO (Chesterfield)  and reporting to the Field Systems Lead.
We are reimagining and rebuilding our entire suite of field and lab technologies for the world of digital ag, a world that is geospatial, that is automated, that is cognitive.  A world where every plant matters.  A world where machines, agronomists, breeders, scientists, and engineers work collaboratively to deliver products that revolutionize the experience of our customers.  
Farm of the future demands seeds, traits, and crop protection products that enable farmers to produce a lot more food with fewer inputs while safeguarding the environment.  We design the machines that will plant, harvest, and manage thousands of research fields while measuring the details of every plant and its environment, helping our scientists create ever better products.  From tiny sensors to full scale equipment, our Platform Leads are responsible for teams of multidisciplinary technologists that execute the design work for the platform, along with cultivating the collaborations with our implementation team, enterprise software and data teams, data science teams, field users, vendors, and prototyping labs. 
The Harvest Platform team is responsible for design and continuous innovation amongst the combines, pickers, and other platforms that harvest all of our row crop R&D plots, while measuring yield and other traits.  This work also includes design and integration of new sensors and software that create a great user experience, and enable new and higher quality insights into crop characteristics and performance at harvest time.  Design work in our platform teams can include gathering requirements and learning from field users, conducting industry research, building and evaluating prototypes, implementing test plans for both current systems and new designs, delivering production ready prints or code, and more.  Our team is mostly based out of our brand-new facility in Chesterfield, MO.
Individuals who will be successful in this role will thrive in a fast-paced, multifaceted R&D environment where collaboration is a must. You will be a technical leader with a natural curiosity, innovative vision, and drive to realize that vision. Your curiosity will empower you to become a system level expert, enabling you to understand business needs and question them when necessary.  Applying your vision to this understanding of the “big picture” will drive the design of novel mechanisms and technologies for new equipment and to continuously improve our existing gear.  Ultimately, the desire to see your vision succeed will be what motivates you to take the level of initiative and ownership necessary for the entire team’s success.
 Required Skills:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or commensurate technical and domain expertise
  • Significant professional experience leading and influencing multidisciplinary teams
  • Knowledge of the agriculture industry and experience operating farming equipment
  • Familiarity with electromechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems
  • Ability to comfortably interact with scientists and agronomists to create a shared understanding of what technology makes both possible and valuable
  • A passion for continuous learning and discovery, exploring emergent technologies
  • Working knowledge of geospatial data and GPS technology
  • Strong knowledge of row crop harvesting and yield measurement technologies
 
Desired Skills:
  • Strong experience with rapid prototyping techniques, including understanding of tradeoffs and limitations for practicality and manufacturability
  • Direct leadership experience, particularly direct leadership of technical teams
  • Experience engineering solutions within a fast-paced R&D environment
  • Programming experience with hardware – PLCs, microcontrollers, C, C++, C#...
  • Familiarity with cloud computing and software engineering for automated data processing
  • Experience with a variety of sensors and electronic/electrical systems
  • Experience engineering, testing and deploying large machinery
Bayer successfully completed the acquisition of Monsanto in June 2018, bringing together Monsanto’s leadership in seeds and plant traits with Bayer’s leadership in chemical and biological crop protection. By joining forces, we will create even more extensive career opportunities for talent around the world. We’re a global team working to shape agriculture through breakthrough innovation that will benefit farmers, consumers, and our planet.
 
While we are now Bayer, we will continue to hire using separate career sites until we can integrate our career platforms. We invite you to explore the career opportunities available at the combined company by visiting advancingtogether.com/careers.

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