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Field Services Manager: Field Operations

Job Purpose

PowerPollenTM is a growing business with a need to accelerate adoption of our technology by customers. The Field Services Manager is responsible for building and maintaining effective relationships with key accounts and providers fostering commercial deployment of PowerPollenTM technology in customer fields and transferring the technology to key partners. This role will be accountable for developing a service capacity with third party providers by identifying and developing third party providers to perform on-site pollinations services in seed corn including pollen collection, preservation and application. The Field Services Manager will also oversee field service personnel and identify and develop third party capabilities. These core activities support progression of PowerPollenTM expansion to large field operations in multiple locations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary Job Duties

    • Develop service capacity of third-party providers:
      • Identify parties capable of providing third party services for PowerPollenTM customers
      • Guide development of those parties’ equipment and skill capabilities
      • Facilitate information exchange systems that enable knowledge sharing, process effectiveness and continuous improvement
    • Coordinate internal and external resources to deliver cost effective services
      • Handle service contracts and direct support services
      • Manage relationships with contracted third-party service providers
      • Manage relationships with internal team members to support the service business
      • Develop templates, methods, guidelines, and policies to facilitate efficient and accurate service delivery
    • Develop and deploy effective logistical solutions ensuring:
      • Candidate fields are identified and equipment is in place in a timely manner for pollen collection, preservation, and application
      • Equipment is moved efficiently between fields for pollen collection, preservation, and application
      • Equipment is well maintained to reliably serve company/customer needs
    • Facilitate process up-scaling and effectiveness through leadership of service activities
    • Follow safety protocols and positively encourage other team members to do the same
    • Communicate with customers and internally to capitalize on opportunities
    • Interact effectively with the leadership team to understand research and operation objectives
    • Build and maintain customer relationships:
      • Manage customers’ expectations and nurture long lasting relationships that maximize PowerPollenTM value while maturing the PowerPollen technology.
      • Assure effective outcomes that meet or exceed customer expectations
      • Establish, nurture, and maintain relationships with key stakeholders including PowerPollenTM team members, PowerPollenTM customers, land-owners / farmers / growers, equipment providers, labor management vendors, and providers, local AG community stakeholders
      • Ensure all customer issues are satisfactorily resolved utilizing engineering, manufacturing, and other teams as needed
    • Presenting to company leadership on key areas of accountability, providing insight, lessons learned, enhancements, issues and resolution proposals
      • Prepares servicing budget and recommends areas of savings
      • Provide input to strategic decisions affecting the functional area of responsibility
      • Provide guidance and leadership to teams internal to PowerPollenTM and to customers that enables value capture from field opportunities
    • Collaborate to optimize all aspects of PowerPollenTM operations to achieve optimal efficiency, effectiveness, and outcomes of PowerPollenTM technology
    • Work in close collaboration with the Business Development leader to assess and coordinate value opportunities for PowerPollenTM

Qualifications

    • Experienced managing complex logistic challenges and developing and optimizing resource utilization
    • Bachelor’s degree plus three or more years managerial and logistical experience
    • Positive and driven, with a problem-solving attitude and a highly organized, proven team player
    • Demonstrated capability to quickly establish and nurture relationships with key stakeholders including ability to influence, negotiate, and reach mutually beneficial outcomes
    • Capable and interested in working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment that includes field, office, warehouse, and lab conditions throughout the year
    • Resourceful: able to build and maintain a network allowing for continued advancement and scaling of company capabilities
    • Flexible: willing to grow with the job to take advantage of opportunities as they emerge
    • Proven ability to oversee and manage multiple teams of moderate complexity (6-10) including employees and contracted labor
    • Capable of seeing a barrier or issue as a challenge and opportunity in the delivery of excellent results
    • Capable of resolving escalated issues arising from operations that require coordination with other departments
    • Self-motivated and driven with an ability to work with highly effective teams
    • Willing to travel (estimated 30-40%, with periods of extended travel e.g. 2 – 3 weeks at a site), possibly on short-notice. Travel will include both domestic U.S. and international.
    • Experience in seed corn production, field agronomics and agronomic practices a plus

Working Conditions

This position requires work in varying conditions including field, office, warehouse, and laboratory spaces throughout the year including in crop fields when weather conditions are extremely hot/humid and insects are present.  Safe operation of motor vehicles on and off road of various types including field equipment and towing may be expected.

Physical Requirements

The position involves physical activity including lifting objects up to 50 pounds, walking on uneven terrain, ability to tolerate heat and humidity conditions typical of agricultural outdoor field conditions in summer, with extended hours that will vary with crop development in different locales.

PowerPollen® is an equal opportunity employer.

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Office/Administrative Projects & Social Media Coordinator

Job Purpose

The Office/Administrative Projects & Social Media Coordinator will manage and/or support multiple administrative, program and social media initiatives for a fast-paced start-up agricultural technology company.

Duties and Responsibilities

Note: This position may be open to flexible scheduling full or partial time hours.

Project Coordination

  • Responsible for all aspects of meeting and/or special events planning for the company. Including; securing meeting accommodations, any associated contract negotiations, catering, set-up/tear-down, and in-room or remote electronic meeting accesses.
  • Design and maintain a consistent process for managing Independent Contractor contracts and renewals.
  • Assist in development, management, tracking and compliance for all company safety & wellness programs.
  • Assist in the management and sourcing of training resources for all HR related compliance programs and training.
  • Manage and maintain fleet / rental vehicle system for the company including; vendor relations, check-out system, maintenance, registration/licensing/insurances. Obtain proper licenses and insurances for company-owned fleet.
  • Coordinate annual company review meeting with liability, property casualty, employee welfare plan (e.g. medical, life, disability, retirement plans, etc.) insurance representatives.
  • Create and manage a company-wide annual events calendar.

Social Media

Lead efforts to assure relevant social media platforms are utilized to help advance business opportunities and branding. This includes:

  • Monitoring various social media accounts (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, WeChat, Amazon or other emerging channels) to anticipate trends, issues or opportunities for the company
  • Proactively responding to inbound questions/comments in a timely manner
  • Following company protocols to anticipate or raise issues
  • Creating and coordinating editorial calendar, including original content generation and responses in line with company’s marketing strategy
  • Engaging employees, customers and partners to help amplify company’s message and profile on relevant channels
  • Keeping current on social media trends and best practices to increase adoption across the company.

Office Administration

  • Coordination employee and contractor on-boarding
  • In conjunction with Administrative Specialist; welcome visitors, handle incoming telephone calls, coordinate meetings and conference room reservations and employee travel arrangements
  • Support admininistrative needs of the Intellectual Property team including; assisting with filings, tracking, updating logging systems as requested.
  • Serve as back-up to the Administrative Specialist for financial tasks, procurement of office/lab/field/shop items, cell phones/plans and computer equipment as needed and requested by team members, periodic Post Office pick up.
  • Monitor office conditions and coordinate replenishment and maintenance needs, cleaning, etc.
  • Assist with science data collection and lab and/or field activities as requested.

Human Resource Support

  • Coordinate submittals for various job growth funding/grants reporting requirements
  • Coordinate information exchange with external providers for employee related benefits (e.g. family status changes, general employee data changes, etc.).
  • Track and record employee PTO use.
  • Coordinate Payroll process with external payroll / accounting service provider including: receiving hourly employee timecards, w-4 completion, reporting pay and/or employment status changes, reporting IRA and insurance information to PowerPollen accountant.

Qualifications

  • This position requires a courteous and professional individual with solid customer service experience, superb organizational skills and the ability to handle a multitude of tasks simultaneously, to meet deadlines.
  • Project and or program management experience desired.
  • Experience working with various social media platforms in a business setting.
  • Experience maintaining an efficient office environment.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, high demand environment.
  • Willing and flexible to work on a variety of tasks, learn new tasks and step in to other areas not typically within job requirements if or as needed.
  • Experience working with administrative aspects of finance and HR/payroll beneficial.
  • Excellent writing skills; creative skills (such as design, photography, etc) desired.
  • Superior attention to detail.

Working conditions

  • Generally normal office environment. Occasionally this position will be required to work in the lab environment, in or on areas of the shop floor as well as in the outdoor production agriculture fields.

Physical requirements

  • Sitting or standing for prolonged periods.
  • Consistent and long durations using a computer.
  • Outside agricultural environment which may include heat, humidity, uneven terrain, insects/pests, agricultural machinery.

PowerPollen® is an equal opportunity employer.

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Research Scientist

Job Purpose

This Research Scientist position will progress PowerPollen®’s research theory and validation to enable scale up to large field applications.  Executing against and enabling company goal achievement through the lab and field operations.    The position will be based either from Ankeny, Iowa or Puerto Rico (to be determined based on candidate and business requirements).

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary Job Duties

  • Serve as the scientific lead of our tropical research team
  • Execute against precise science plans and company goals while gathering and providing solid input for process enhancement and improvement.
  • Serve as liaison with internal and external contacts with regard to research objectives and activities.
  • Collaborate with other researchers to develop protocols to advance our knowledge on plant reproductive physiology
  • Designing and conducting experiments independently or with minimum supervision
  • Manage research personnel in our agricultural testing sites
  • Generate and analyze data to develop understanding of pollen interactions with receptive plant tissues
  • Support data compilation, analysis, and generating technical reports and methods to support development of commercial applications in a timely manner.
  • Establish,nurture and maintain relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Guide safe and effective testing processes with the proper control strategies
  • Assist with the development and scaling of technologies for commercial deployment and facilitate process up-scaling through management of lab, growth chamber and field activities
  • Keeping current with relevant technical literature and recent scientific advances in the field
  • Contribute in the identification and implementation of new research avenues. But also open to new ideas and critical feedback from colleagues
  • Required travel 90-120 days per year: Willing to travel to within the U.S. (primarily Midwest and to the Ankeny, Iowa home office) as needed for summer research activity, training, and research meetings as needed.
  • Presenting to company leadership on key areas of accountability, providing insight, lessons learned, enhancements, issues and resolution proposals.
  • Guides and invests time on employees in order to contribute to the goals of the company and to encourage professional growth.
  • Participate in strategic planning, budgetary, safety, quality, and workforce issues for ersearch employees.
    • Field and laboratory resposibilities
      • Oversee experiment planning, planting strategy and allocation for field activities
      • Maintains oversight in all aspects of establishment and maintenance of testing grounds; including but not limited to: pest management, fertilization, isolation and harvest of experiments.
      • Follow safety protocols and positively encourage other team members to do the same.
      • Promote health, safety, and environmentally friendly field practices.
      • Review and understand field and laboratory research objectives and protocols before execution.
      • Ensure experimental methods are followed properly by field crews.
      • Closely work with local field operations personnel to identify, source, secure and manage field workers.
      • Ensure testing grounds and genotypes are adequate for the company’s larger and increasing testing and demonstration activities
      • Help design, implement and monitor process with collaborators including;  logistics and materials receipt and transfer.
      • Oversee management of the field and laboratory activities.
      • Keep detailed record of activities and produce reports and data summaries
      • Keep detailed record of activities and enter process modifications in laboratory notebooks.
      • Collaborate with other team members in complex projects synchronizing activities for best use of resources.
      • Ensure the timely production of reports and data summaries by team members

    Qualifications

    • Preferred PhD in life sciences and 3-5 years of industry experience in a science related role. MSc with additional industry experience will be considered.
    • Experience on establishing high quality field plots for research purposes.
    • Experience with plant cell analytical methods including flow cytometry, mass spec; single cell viability testing, and enzyme activity quantification. Familiarity with instrumental analysis.
    • Relevant experience with isolating, culturing, and freezing cells will be an advantage.
    • Capable of generating proper statistical designs for field and laboratory testing.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), and statistics/graphing software for data analysis and presentation.
    • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, problem-solve, prioritize assignments, and adjust priorities to meet goals in a fast-paced environment
    • Attention to detail and the ability to work individually, within a multi-disciplinary team and with external partners.
    • Capable of seeing a barrier or issue as an opportunity to overcome a challenge in the delivery of excellent results.
    • Experience working in a start-up environment or experience and genuine interest in working in a rapidly evolving and changing atmosphere including comfort working with assigned areas of responsibility as well as helping others in their areas of expertise as needed.
    • Demonstrated capability to quickly establish and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders including ability to influence, negotiate and reach mutually beneficial outcomes.
    • Skill in common agricultural practices, including management of field crops, and controlled environment facilities. Mechanical aptitude for making adjustments and identification of issues that require external support.
    • Resourceful:  able to build and maintain a network allowing for continued advancement and scaling of company capabilities. Driven, problem-solving attitude.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to train others and work with untrained personnel. Able to communicate fluently in English and Spanish, in verbal and written form.
    • Previous experience overseeing teams, crews including employees and contracted labor.
    • This position may be based in Iowa or Puerto Rico and will require the willingness to travel as needed for training, research meetings, and team building both domestically and internationally.
    • May be required to work Holidays and weekends based on project demands.

Working Conditions

This position will work in varying conditions including normal laboratory setting to typical in-season agricultural environment.  This includes working in crop fields when weather conditions are extremely hot/humid and insects are present and long periods of standing/walking may be required.  The incumbernt should be capable and interested in working in an environment that includes indoor lab conditions and outdoor agricultural conditions throughout the year.

Physical Requirements

The position involves physical activity including lifting objects up to 50 pounds, walking on uneven terrain, ability to tolerate heat and humidity typical of local field conditions, with extended hours that will vary with crop development in different locales.

PowerPollen® is an equal opportunity employer.

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Todd Krone, CEO – todd.krone@accagtech.com
Jason Cope, CTO – jason.cope@accagtech.com
Main Office Phone – (515) 262-5502

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