Yara International
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Crop Scientist

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Yara Fertilizer Zambia Limited continues its search to fill the permanent position of a Crop Scientist to support the Commercial Farming Sector in the Northern region of Zambia. Area of responsibility: Lusaka North, Chisamba, Kabwe, Mkushi, Serenje, Kasama. Living location: flexible, but ideally based in Chisamba or Mkushi.

Roles & Responsibilities

To drive the sales and agronomic support of Yara premium and differentiated products to Commercial Farming Customers (Commercial Agricultural Producers), in the assigned area, in a professional and long-term sustainable manner which directly impacts the company overall performance:

  • Agronomic expertise and technical support
  • Plant nutrition product portfolio development, sale, implementation and monitoring
  • Digital farming solutions
  • Market Intelligence
  • Sales planning and forecasting, ordering and logistics
  • Credit application, debtor management and account query solutions
  • Stakeholder and relationship management
  • Company policy, values and contract adherence and promotion

Functional Knowledge

  • Sound understanding and practical experience/knowledge of crop production, plant nutrition and agronomic principles.
  • Sound understanding and practical experience/knowledge of selling, marketing and negotiating in a commercial agriculture environment.
  • Working knowledge of commercial customer service and external customer relations management.
  • Working knowledge of commercial sales administration.

Competencies

  • Technical: agronomy expertise and knowledge
  • Business: acumen, organization and administration, critical evaluation, consultation and value selling.
  • Business Expertise, Leadership, Problem Solving, Interpersonal Skills
  • Exercising sales activities within the framework of Yara’s code of ethics and corporate governance.
  • Ability to work independently within a diverse but geographically remote team.
  • Sales collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to define problems, collect information, make sound judgments and involve relevant experts, decision makers and stakeholders to create sustainable solutions.
  • Analysis, judgment and provision of solutions to the day to day challenges of commercial sales.
  • Strong inter-personal, communication and negotiation skills to convince both within own organization and external customers.

Qualifications and Experience

  • BSc. Agric Degree or associated qualification, preferably with additional agricultural work-related certificates or similar work experience within Yara.
  • Minimum 3/4 years’ experience in an agronomy and sales role for the Commercial Farming Sector, with experience in seasonal planning, forecasting and budgeting.
  • Computer literacy in Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint or similar packages.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.

Method of Application

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