Syngenta – Production Lead Third Party

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Company Description

Syngenta is a Global Agribusiness company with its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. We are a market leader in the breeding and production of Seeds and Cuttings of the high-quality pot and bedding plants. In Kenya, we have two production Sites; Kenya Cuttings Limited based in Thika, and Pollen Limited based in Ruiru.

Job Description

  • Leads the team to achieve high efficiency and operational output and teamwork.
  • Train, coach and empower vendors, production teams to achieve the desired production results.
  • Ensures land/GH preparation is done on time and according to protocols ahead of planting season.
  • Ensures stock seeds are received in time and have all relevant quality information with them.
  • Ensures timely nursery/bed preparation to adhere to the sowing calendar.
  • Provides the vendor with precise and detailed crop plan/schedule – quantities needed, number of plants, plant density, acreage, basic seeds requirement, weekly activity and labour plan for the season.
  • Advises on consumables necessary for successful production activities of the ordered quantities.
  • Ensures proper labeling at all stages for traceability and purity control.
  • Trains production teams at different levels on relevant activities and protocols to enhance productivity and efficiency i.e. planting, labeling, training, de-suckering, defoliation, rouging, emasculation, pollen harvesting, pollination, harvesting, extraction, drying, storage, packing, and advises on shipment procedures.
  • Ensures preparation and submission of monthly vendor progress reports (VPR) to the Seed Production Specialist(s) (SPS) to ensure the planning and marketing teams are reliably informed on the production progress.
  • Prepares and disseminates precise but informative ad hoc and periodical reports to the stakeholders to keep all fully informed and up-to-date with the vendor activities
  • Seeks, obtains and shares technical information concerning any issues that the vendor may require – tapping into the Syngenta knowledge base on behalf of the vendor
  • Trains, guides and ensures adherence to phytosanitary standards in the field to control pests and diseases.
  • Advises on crop protection, irrigation and crop nutrition and follows up to ensure any anomalies are corrected.
  • Ensures the vendor collects and provides data on various growing and productivity parameters to assist in evaluation, decision making as well as cost transparency.
  • Ensures contracts are availed and signed off by the vendor in good time.
  • Coordinates relevant teams to ensures crop inspections by the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS)
  • Trains and enforces HSE rules and regulations and champions the implementation of the Syngenta HSE policy in all business operations (step by step starting with high priorities and quick wins).
  • Evaluates production/seasons to measure performance and identify areas of improvement.
  • Performs new vendor scouting and assessment based on agreed criteria whenever required.
  • Any other tasks & projects as may be allocated from time to time.


  • Undergraduate degree in Agriculture/Horticulture or its equivalent
  • 5 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Holds a valid driver’s license.
  • Proven experience in coordinating stakeholders
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to lead and manage a team
  • Good analytical and organization skills
  • Knowledge and experience in crop protection and scouting
  • Knowledge in basic genetics and seed science

Additional Information

  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work without/with minimum supervision
  • Ability to portray good corporate image
  • Understanding mature person able to handle growers/investors.
  • Integrity.