Crop Protection Associate Specialist

Nestlé Operational Services Worldwide SA

  • Publication date:

    09 June 2023
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  • Contract:

    Permanent position
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Crop Protection Associate Specialist

Position Snapshot

Location: Nestlé Research, Lausanne, Switzerland
Company: Société des Produits Nestlé S.A.
Act. Rate: Full-Time Act. Rate 100%
Type of contract: Permanent contract

What we offer at Nestlé

Genuine opportunities for career and personal development
Modern "smart office" locations providing agile & collaborative workspaces
Dynamic international working environment
Attractive additional benefits

Position Summary

Nestlé Research is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, employs approximately 1000 people and is comprised of five Nestlé Institutes: Food Sciences, Health Sciences, Food Safety & Analytical Sciences, Packaging Sciences, and Agricultural Sciences. Please have a tour of our facilities using this link or read more about Nestlé Research at our website. Please follow us on Nestlé R&D on LinkedIn.

As a Crop Protection Associate Specialist, you will lead and execute Crop protection / Agri-chemical science research and innovation - in line with the overall Agricultural Sciences strategy.

We offer a dynamic, inclusive, and international working environment with many opportunities across different companies, functions, and regions. Don't miss the opportunity to join us and work with different teams in an agile and diverse context.

A Day in the Life of a Crop Protection Associate Specialist

  • Gather, interpret, and evaluate information about the chemistry, biology and agronomic aspects of crop protection and agri-chemical use in relevant annual and perennial crops, including the fundamentals of the subject, such as the biological, chemical and systemic properties
  • Using the information obtained from this analysis, you'll inform and influence on diverse issues such as conventional and biological crop protection in agricultural production, and on biodiversity, soil ecology and microbiome impacts
  • Research reports and make presentations on findings, including scientific research papers and non-scientific reports
  • Interpretation of relevant science to inform company policy
  • Integration of crop protection science knowledge into aspects of crop management, ecosystems and regenerative agriculture
  • Keep up to date with developments in crop protection / agri-chemical sciences and related areas, as well as environmental issues and relevant legislative changes
  • Attendance at conferences to keep abreast of the latest developments and to network with people in the profession and in related industries
  • Proposals and bids for new research projects and funding, make presentations, and give seminars
  • Liaison and collaboration with members of the NIAS and other NR institutes
  • Build an effective network of agricultural R&D organization and other partners and supervise the implementation of R&D workplans and KPI delivery
  • Liaise, coordinate, and align on Nestlé's agricultural research projects' strategy with the project leads on Agricultural R&D and ensure the required reporting
  • Support the implement Nestle's agricultural R&D Projects globally and support and facilitate external trials with farmers, governmental organizations and other partners

What will make you successful

  • Minimum educational MSc level.
  • Crop protection / agri-chemical specialist with global experience in the development and implementation of R&D in plant science, agriculture and/or agronomy
  • At least 3 years' experience in crop protection science and agriculture
  • Degree in a Crop protection / agri-chemical science or related discipline. In particular, the following subjects may increase your chances: biological pest control, integrated pest management, environmental science
  • Good understanding of global crop protection / agri-chemical science issues, proven scientific track record an advantage
  • Partnership and stakeholder interaction
  • Fluent in English. Spanish and/or French would be a plus