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Production and Supply Development Program

Launch your career within our Production and Supply organization in an immersive rotational experience.

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Syngenta US Careers

Production and Supply Development Program

Launch your career within our Production and Supply organization in an immersive rotational experience.

Production and Supply Development Program

The Production and Supply Development Program (PSDP) is a 21/2 to 3 year-long rotational development program that provides recent college graduates the opportunity to immerse themselves in various areas of the business and build a solid foundation for a lasting career with our Production and Supply team.

As a PSDP associate, you will be in one of three tracks: Seeds, Operations or Engineering. Within your chosen track, you will select three diverse rotations where you will:

  • Gain technical knowledge through day-to-day work
  • Sharpen leadership skills through training activities and professional events
  • Broaden your knowledge and develop a network in at least three different areas of the business
  • Develop lasting comradery with fellow PSDP associates

Production and Supply Development Program Class of 2019 - 2020

Are you looking for an opportunity that allows you to have hands-on-experience across multiple parts of a global business?

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Qualifications

Are you a recent graduate or upcoming college graduate with demonstrated leadership experience? Are you a self-starter who takes initiative? Are you a good communicator? These are just a few of the qualifications we are looking for in our applicants.

Education

  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant course of study (Agronomy, Agricultural Business, Supply Chain Management, Chemical Engineering, etc.)

Cultural Skills and Experience

  • Relevant internship experiences
  • Willing to relocate
  • Personal brand and self-awareness
  • Comfortable with ambiguity

Find Your Fit

Select a track below to see rotation information and more.

  • Seeds Track
  • Operations Track
  • Engineering Track

Seeds Track

Degrees of Interest Include:

Agronomy, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Systems Technology, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Studies, Plant or Crop Science and other agricultural-related majors

Locations Include but Not Limited To:

  • California: Glenn, Woodland
  • Idaho: Nampa
  • Illinois: Tuscola, Downers Grove
  • Iowa: Des Moines, Jefferson, Lone Tree, Slater, Ames
  • Nebraska: Seward, Waterloo
  • Washington: Pasco

Post-Program Full-Time Positions:

Agronomist, Plant Operations Lead, Seeds Production Research Scientist, Supply/Demand Planner and Seed Conditioning Specialist

Rotation Options:

  • Production Agronomy
    • Participate in all functions of field production including field allocation, planting, pollination, purity inspection, integrated pest management and harvest
    • Supervise third party labor to promote a safe working environment
    • Contribute to quality control and process improvement
  • Seed Plant Operations
    • Improve seed plant conditioning efficiencies
    • Provide increased capacity while meeting established quality standards through facility maintenance, conditioning, treating, packaging, quality assurance, re-work activities and continuous process improvement all while focusing on safety
  • Seed Production Research
    • Implement cutting edge technology and innovative agronomic practices at production scale
    • Manage a variety of research projects and produce high quality data
    • Format and analyze production data and make recommendations based on findings
  • Seed Planning
    • Work cross-functionally between production managers and commercial teams to ensure sales demands are met
    • Create supply reports and demand forecasts for seed and packaging
    • Contribute to process improvement and documentation
  • Capital Projects
    • Work in a team of engineers to scope, design and execute projects for seed plants and labs
    • Contribute to projects related to equipment selection, dust collection, mechanical systems, project estimates, safety considerations and general process improvements

Operations Track

Degrees of Interest Include:

Supply Chain Operations, Logistics and Business-related majors

Locations Include but Not Limited To:

  • Louisiana: St. Gabriel
  • Nebraska: Omaha
  • North Carolina: Greensboro

Post-Program Full-Time Positions:

Supply Chain Planner, Procurement Manager, Asset Planner, Category Manager and Inventory Planner

Rotation Options:

  • Logistics
    • Experience the domestic and global aspects of our complex logistics environment
    • Learn how Syngenta imports and exports products, and domestically distributes to our customers
    • Understand import and export processes involved with government customs and other regulatory agencies
  • Asset Planning
    • Plan the 0-90 day scheduling window
    • Adjust production plans based on active ingredient and raw material availability or capacity constraints
    • Plan strategically in order to improve plant efficiency and decrease downtime
    • Ensure clear and accurate communications of real time production status to stakeholders
  • Supply Chain Planning
    • Balance supply with customer demand to support commercial sales
    • Work with numerous internal stakeholders including production sites, commercial and marketing, procurement, quality, logistics, and more
    • Support other global regions in maintaining their supply through exports, and optimize production timing and quantities at the production site
    • Prioritize and modify production schedules, and ensure material deliveries in the face of changing markets and customer demands
  • Procurement
    • Portfolio accountability for raw materials, chemical additives or other components
    • Category management for agribusiness service providers
    • While always maintaining and improving supplier relationships, ensure secure, on-time, on-specification delivery of raw materials to production sites at the lowest total cost of ownership

Engineering Track

Degrees of Interest Include:

Chemical Engineering

Locations Include but Not Limited To:

  • Louisiana: St. Gabriel
  • Nebraska: Omaha
  • North Carolina: Greensboro

Post-Program Full-Time Positions:

Process Engineer, Project Engineer, Tolling Production Manager, Formulation Engineer and Production Engineer

Rotation Options:

  • Production/Process Engineering
    • Work across functions to design and implement safety, quality, and efficiency improvements
    • Provide proactive and reactive engineering support in production units to help meet unit goals
    • Analyze process data and unit operations to remove constraints and reduce downtime
  • Toll-Manufacturing Supervision
    • Work directly with third-party manufacturing tollers to produce Syngenta products ensuring quality, safety, and performance requirements are met
    • Drive continuous improvement and implementing best practices with the external production sites
  • Technology and Engineering
    • Provide process engineering capabilities for a portfolio of development projects
    • Support the robust scale-up of manufacturing processes from laboratory/ bench scale through to full-scale production
    • Contributes to the process design of new formulation capital projects providing fit-for-purpose engineering solutions
  • Capital Projects and Design
    • Design and engineer chemical processing facilities
    • Prepare process drawings such as piping and instrument diagrams, general arrangement diagrams, and process flow diagrams using designing software
    • Coordinate with external contractors for cost estimating and execution of projects

Hear From Past Participants

Matt Vermeersch

PSDP Associate, 3rd Rotation

Seeds Production and Operations Track

“Coming out of college, the PSDP was a phenomenal way to begin my career. Being a small-town Midwest kid, it opened my eyes to different agricultural practices across the country, different crops and just how large the seed/agrochemical business is. It afforded me the opportunity to visit many of our sites in North America, build professional relationships with company leaders and develop into a strong, young professional with a broad range of work experiences and knowledge. I would recommend this program to anyone who is looking to become a leader in the seed or agrochemical industry.”

Johnny Rokisky

Supply Planner

2012 Program Graduate

“I was attracted to the program because of the opportunity to gain a broad-range of experiences early on in my career. It’s easy to see how the program has opened many doors and allowed me to achieve much more than I would have on my own. Syngenta is truly interested in developing the individual employee, as we continue to grow as a top global company.”

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