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Head of Seed Treatment Applications

| Greater Boston Area

Indigo is a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. With a vision of creating a world where farming is an economically desirable and accessible profession, Indigo works alongside its growers to apply natural approaches, conserve resources for future generations, and grow healthy food for all. Utilizing beneficial plant microbes to improve crop health and productivity, Indigo’s portfolio is focused on cotton, wheat, barley, corn, soybeans, and rice. The company, founded by Flagship Pioneering, is headquartered in Boston, MA, with additional offices in Memphis, TN, Research Triangle Park, NC, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and São Paulo, Brazil. www.indigoag.com

The role of Head of Seed Treatment Applications will be responsible for Indigo seed applied product candidates testing and evaluation through conventional and modern seed treatment and planting methods and equipment, to ensure commercial fit. This role interacts cross functionally with Indigo technical and commercial functions in US and globally.

 

Outcomes

  • Setup and manage seed treatment testing function with capabilities at lab and pilot scale
  • Ensure and acquire relevant efficient seed treatment and plantability testing equipment for lab and pilot scale
  • Build capability and capacity to treat Field Trials, Greenhouse, Grow Room seed internally to support Product Development and Product Positioning functions.
  • Conduct the testing of the seed coating characteristics and interpret the outcome including: flowability, dust-off, plantability and other critical properties.
  • Work with commercial functions to ensure alignment on seed treatment protocols and testing.
  • Bridge between formulation development and commercial seed treatment
  • Prepare user guidelines for commercial seed treatment using Indigo products
  • Coordinate and execute seed treatment scale up trials
  • Provide feedback and interact with Formulations team from a treater/handling perspective to ensure a commercial fit of the formulations and product candidates
  • Characterize commercial formulation candidates for appropriateness and commercial fit in seed treatment and planting equipment
  • Understands our purpose and core values and what makes Indigo different from other companies
  • Demonstrates personal and/or professional passion for our core values
  • Widely viewed as someone who personifies our core values, is committed to them, and leans on them when making difficult decisions

Competencies

  • Expertise, experience and clear understanding of Seed Treatment and Seed Treatment equipment at commercial and relevant lab/pilot scale
  • Clear understanding and hands-on expertise in characterization and evaluation of seed treatments and coatings. Practical understanding and experience in associated equipment, instruments and protocols
  • Expertise to be a “linking pin” between Formulations and Commercial Seed Treatment functions
  • Safety awareness
  • Team player and expert advisor to Formulations and Manufacturing team
  • Understanding of care-abouts for seed handlers, seed treaters and growers
  • Experience and desire to lead people
  • Forward thinking, innovative and flexible

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years, preferably 5 years in seed treatment products applications testing at industrial setting and scale
  • Bachelor’s degree at minimum
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and ability to trouble shoot equipment
  • Extensive experience with seed treatment
  • Prior experience taking unproven seed treatments (or other relevant technologies) to commercial scale
  • Ideally having experience with technical service within the seed treatment industry
  • Willing to move to Boston area where position is based
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time
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  • Engineering
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Location

On the edge of Charlestown, we are within walking distance to restaurants and bars. The Sullivan Square T and bus stop is also right next door!

An Insider's view of Indigo

What projects are you most excited about?

Our mission is to provide agronomists with unbiased real-time data we are collecting across thousands of acres at the ground level and from space. It's such a thrill to be working on the data and analysis perspective of this massively cross-disciplinary team that helps agronomists initiate data-powered conversations to provide substantial results.

Jyoti

Principal Data Scientist

What makes someone successful on your team?

A successful Indigo team member is someone willing to continuously learn and improve, regardless of experience or role. Whether you’re an Engineer, Account Manager, Business Analyst, or Scientist, successful team members keep the bigger picture in mind and bridge disciplines to solve problems facing the incredibly complex system that is agriculture

Hilary

Software Product Manager

What are Indigo Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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