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Lead, Plant Operations - Glenn, CA 95943



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·       $69K to $87.4K per year is Indeed's estimated salary for operations lead at Syngenta in Glenn, CA.

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About Syngenta

Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.

About this Job:

This position will have a primary focus on conditioning and processing to meet company packaging targets. They will provide oversight for all functions from harvest to treat and pack. This individual will foster an operational culture founded on HSE, quality and process improvement, while actively participating in the ‘Goal Zero’ safety initiative.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and direct scheduling of conditioning, reworking, packaging and treating processes with the Supply Planning Team
  • Direct supervision of plant personnel including 3rd party labor force – expect 40% of time on the floor
  • Coordinate plant preventative maintenance schedule with Operations Manager and Maintenance Lead
  • Participate in operational and capital budget meetings/forecasts
  • Hire, train, and develop full time and 3rd party employees
  • Assist with management of key operations including processes from bulk storage to finished goods inventory
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of quality systems, processes, and programs for the site operations
  • Assist with labor planning and schedules in order to meet staffing requirements for peak season activities
  • Effectively communicate equipment issues to minimize unplanned downtime
  • Responsible for inventory accuracy and appearance of product coming off the line
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of Quality Business Systems and processes, systems and programs for site operations
  • Understanding of seed labelling laws and seed certification laws


Critical success factors & key challenges

  • Maintain Safe Work Behaviours and Environment
  • Ability to build networks with suppliers, internal site staff and stakeholders; reputation for consistent customer focus
  • Supervision of plant production to meet safety, quality, and reliability commitments, including shipping timelines
  • Ability to work as part of a team or independently dependent on job assignment
  • Foster a culture of inclusion to create a positive work environment
  • Ensure equipment is properly maintained to enable manufacture of high-quality products
  • Ability to work cross-functionally and as a team player
  • Create a “safety first” working environment to safeguard employees, Syngenta assets and the environment.
  • Ensuring seed inventory meets company requirements in terms of quantity, quality, and timelines
  • Identify areas for strategic improvement within assigned role scope.
  • Ability to identify risk through process risk assessment and develop and implement risk mitigation solutions.

Knowledge, experience & capabilities

Critical knowledge

  • Excellent leadership and project management skills
  • Strong detail orientation and ability to execute on a daily basis
  • Proven analytical skills
  • Strong computer skills and ability to work in Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Word


Critical experience

  • Experience with SAP
  • Experience with industrial production equipment (Premier Tech bagging system, Premier Tech palletizing system)


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Agronomy, Ag Engineering or Ag Economics or Technology applicable fields of study
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in the seed industry; with a focus in Production and Supply
  • Previous experience in Agricultural products manufacturing preferred



Additional Knowledge, Skills, Traits & Abilities:

  • Proven analytical skills
  • Results-Oriented: Establishes appropriate measures of success
  • Communicative: Ability to create effective and efficient communication tools for all audiences; establishes clear objectives and timelines for work; good listener
  • Team-Oriented: Works well across all Business Units and functions; values input from others; enthusiastic; forward looking team player
  • Innovative: Anticipate production challenges and develop processes for reliable supply
  • Computer literate in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SAP functions



  • Ability to work during the days and occasional evenings/weekends during peak season.
  • Must be able to travel by car/pickup.
  • Ability to work in the plant and be on feet for long periods of time.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment including phone, copier and computer.
  • Wear appropriate PPE as required for operations in plant or the field.
  • Position requires the ability to operate and be forklift certified.


  • 60% of work performed in standard office.
  • 40% of work performed in plant, or meetings.

Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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7770 County Road 29, Glenn, CA 95943



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