Seed Laboratory Manager- Caldwell, ID
Company: Archer Daniels Midland Company
Posted on: May 14, 2022
Seed Laboratory Manager-BN8-Edible Bean Job Description
This is an exempt level position that will coordinate lab
operations to ensure that samples are logged in, prepared for
testing, and tested to proper seed germination standard. The Lab
Manager will also be responsible to verify testing results recorded
in Total Lab Client (TLC), and moved into JDE in a timely manner.
Tests must be prioritized based on processing schedule requirements
along with any special testing requirements requested by operations
management, inventory manager, or sales staff.
This position will ensure that all testing protocols, methods,
evaluation interpretations, and reporting meet company quality
standards. Compliance with Association of Official Seed Analysts
(AOSA), Rules for Seed Testing, Canadian Methods and Procedures
(M&P), and state crop improvement requirements must also be
This position in conjunction with operation management will
maintain and update SOP/WI's associated with seed sampling, harvest
sampling, mill product inspections, and treat/pack sampling.
Process audits for receiving, milling, and treat/pack will be
conducted annually to meet ADM internal standards and all state or
federal regulations which will require travel to various locations
as needed. This must be done to ensure the highest possible quality
standards for finished product.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide advanced knowledge of seed testing rules for crop kinds as
defined in the AOSA Rules for Testing Seed, Canadian M&P, and
International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Methods.
Exercise consistent discretion and judgment in seed testing
evaluations to ensure compliance for State, Crop Improvement,
Canadian seed standards, Federal Seed Act labeling, and noxious
weed seed laws.
Analyze trends, identify risks, and advocate for new and improved
processes, methods, and technologies to improve the efficiency and
reliability of the functional department. Lead improvement projects
both within the team and interdepartmentally.
Maintain a qualified and cooperative team by providing clear and
constructive feedback to continuously support the professional
development of seed lab technicians. Train, coach, and support the
technicians in order to broaden their knowledge, increase
problem-solving skills, and improve delegation.
Monitor and verify that resources (facilities, equipment, operating
budget, and personnel) are sufficient to meet business needs.
Provide a transparent view of testing capacity. Implement actions
necessary to achieve agreed performance targets (safety, quality,
efficiency, delivery, and involvement) and communicate gaps to
Regional Superintendent and other stakeholders.
Assist in the development and implementation of a Quality
Management System (QMS) for the lab to establish and maintain US
Seed Laboratory (ASL) accreditation to facilitate trade with
Provide Reports of Analysis and other documents as needed for seed
certification and seed commerce within the US and Canada.
Provide all safety, and compliance training for all employees at
location, along with all ADM required monthly documentation for
environmental and safety functions.
Maintain and purchase all supplies as needed for location. Monitor
equipment maintenance and operation at location. Provide contract
training per ADM requirements for contractors and vendors
performing work on site.
Provide support for field staff, sales staff, research staff, and
production staff as needed to facilitate accurate quality
assessment for the movement of seed on behalf of ADM as directed by
Regional Superintendent. Provide notification to appropriate
department on all seed quality related issues. Provide support for
all customer related issues as requested.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business
periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or
governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business
correspondences, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively
present information, provide recommendations, and respond to
questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and general
Proficient in MS Office Products; gain a working knowledge of ADM
specific programs including but not limited to TLC/JDE for entering
lab results, programs necessary for material procurement, and
invoice processing, GEMINI, ERL, and Sphera Cloud (SC Pro).
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and
statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions,
percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Basic understanding of Quality Management Systems, International
Standards Organization (ISO) based preferred.
Prefer a bachelor's degree (BA) from a four-year College or
university, in scientific or Ag related field such as Botany,
Pathology, Biology, etc. or three to five years of related
Experience and Background:
Two to three years staff leadership.
Three to five years in an agriculture-testing laboratory overseeing
or performing quality assessments.
Obtain status of Registered Seed Technologist (RST) from the
Society of Commercial Seed Technologists (SCST) within three years
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Ability to remain in stationary positions for extended periods of
time to conduct a variety of seed testing tasks.
Must be able to lift 25-30 pounds, stand for long periods of time,
and the occasional need for kneeling, bending, twisting, etc.
Ability to work in laboratory setting as well as warehouse
conditions as needed.
Ability to travel as needed to work with ADM locations in ID and
WY, to attend industry related meetings as directed, ADM training
as needed, to attend required AOSA/SCST annual meeting, and
Commercial Seed Analyst Association of Canada (CSAAC)
Must exhibit good physical dexterity
Must be able to lift up to 10lbs from waist to shoulder on a
Must be able to lift up to 30lbs from floor to waist on an
Must be able to lift up to 45lbs from waist to shoulder on an
extremely limited basis
- Push/Pull:Must be able to push/pull up to 30lbs on an
- Standing/Walking/Sitting:Must be able to stand 5-6 hours per 8
Must be able to walk 3-4 hours per 8 hour shift
Must be able to sit 5-6 hours per 8 hour shift
- Lower Extremities:Must be able to bend, twist, squat or kneel
on an occasional basis
Must be able to climb stairs/ladder on an occasional basis
- Upper Extremities:
Must be able to grip/grasp/pinch on a frequent basis
Must be able to perform extended reach overhead work on an
Must be able to use computer mouse and perform keyboarding on a
Must be able to operate lab equipment, i.e. seed counter,
conductivity meter, riffle divider, purity board, etc.
- Additional Requirement:
- Travel to Idaho locations 2 to 3 times per quarter or as
- Travel to WY locations 2 times per year
- Travel cross country and to Canada 2 times per year
About ADM:At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access
to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a
complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste,
and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in
solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We're a
global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world's premier
agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth,
depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us
unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health
and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of
the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn
more at www.adm.com.---EEOADM is an equal opportunity employer and
makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion,
sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age,
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