Syngenta Zambia -
Posted Job
over 2 years ago

Corn Breeding Lead, AME - (1802434)

Role Purpose

  • The purpose of the Breeding Project Lead is to plan, manage and support the delivery of projects aimed at improving the performance of Syngenta’s germplasm.
  • Effective management and delivery of these projects results in the development of competitive hybrids that give rise to superior performing products at the customer level.


Working in a team environment, manage and deliver breeding projects in service of identified product targets:

  • Provide leadership to a corn breeding project team.
  • Manage project budget, team charter, and team meetings.
  • Responsible for the Stage 0 to 4 work stream within the project.

Manage breeding pipeline from product concept through genetic entity development by leading a portion or all of the following activities:

  • Plan breeding crosses and associated testing for populations.
  • Plan and allocate allotted nursery, crossing and replicated trial resources in mainland and contra season location(s).
  • Determine number of breeding starts, extensiveness of sampling and number of reps and environment of testing.
  • Make selections and advancement decisions through to product handoff to Product Evaluation scientists (PEA).
  • Work with PEA(s) to successfully test and advance lines to Stage 5, 6, and 7.
  • Measure and monitor key performance factors relative to pipeline performance and program efficiency.
  • Leverage performance metrics and benchmarking to work towards maximum efficiency of germplasm improvement (genetic gain and cost).
  • Ensure appropriate technology integration in germplasm improvement projects and product development processes.
  • Working with a Genetic Project Lead (GPL), plan, evaluate and implement, where appropriate, marker-assisted breeding (MAB).
  • Plan and ensure that appropriate trialing, phenotyping and analysis methods are used to enable program success.
  • Participate in global sharing of information on breeding protocol improvement.

Together with Product Evaluation scientists, agree on line promotions for post-BPL trialing:

  • Maintain a thorough understanding of available germplasm, performance and needs of similar Germplasm pools within Syngenta’s programs.
  • Participate in all appropriate plot tours and advancement meetings.
  • Attend international plot tours and advancement meetings as appropriate.
  • Coordinate exchange of germplasm within Syngenta’s programs.
  • Assist PEA and Product Managers with decisions on product advancement, placement and support of all brands / market channels.
  • Work with Nursery Services Manager to provide feedback that allows continuous improvement in plot quality and testing efficiency.
  • Partner in development and implementation of Native Trait & Molecular Breeding efforts
  • Participate as a core team member on Native Trait project(s). Collaborate in the design and implementation of projects in the Native Trait and genetic information creation.
  • Engage in the development and implementation of breeding approaches that optimize R&D productivity through effective development and use of enhanced breeding approaches such as Molecular Breeding, etc.


Critical Knowledge:

  • A thorough knowledge of breeding theory (genetics, statistics, genetic gain theory and field plot technique).
  • A thorough knowledge of relevant germplasm.
  • Good knowledge of marker applications to breeding.

Critical Skills:

  • Excellent organization, communication and computer skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, especially those required to successfully function as part of a cross-functional team.
  • Ability to show leadership and influence in a project-team setting.
  • Proficiency in English.

Critical Experience:

  • PhD or Master Degree in plant breeding.
  • Additional Information:
  • Ability and willingness for extensive travel, both regionally and globally.
  • Operate in a team setting.
  • Successfully function both as a team leader and a team member.

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