Top Cross Lead (m/f/d)

Top Cross Lead (m/f/d)

Field of Work:  Breeding stations

Longavi, Linares Province, CL

Legal Entity:  SEMILLAS KWS Chile Ltda (0080)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote:  Onsite
Job ID:  14229



At Semillas KWS Chile LDTA, we are looking for a Top Cross Lead (m/f/d) for the Longavi area, in the city of Linares, VII region of Maule.  This position provides support to the corn seed production project with external farmers for the Longavi station.


Mainly in planning and execution activities to ensure the production of seed with physical, phytosanitary, genetic and physiological quality and in sufficient quantities established by the breeding programs from the contracting of fields to the export of the seed.


Knowledge of micro-plot planting processes, crop establishment, manual corn dethatching and the ability to lead work groups through training and supervision of personnel is required. This is a full-time and unlimited contract role.




Your responsibilities:

  • Search, selection and negotiation of fields.
  • Plan and manage resources and work tools necessary for the development of the activities.
  • Coordinate and supervise agronomic activities related to the development of the program such as: soil preparation, irrigation and fertilization, agrochemical applications, certifying the quality and efficiency of the work according to the established protocols.
  • Ensure the quality, purity and traceability of seed production in activities such as planting, leaf sampling, flowering, harvesting, drying, selection and export.
  • Lead and supervise the team in charge, establishing goals and objectives aligned with the Station's strategy. Evaluate individual and collective performance of the team, providing constructive feedback.
  • Develop department budgets and cost analysis.
  • Implementation of HSE (Health, Environment and Safety) regulations.
  • Comply with the company's COMPLIANCE policies.
  • Promote actions for continuous improvement of operational processes, using appropriate methods to identify opportunities, implement sustainable solutions over time and measure impact.
  • Develop and implement performance indicators to optimize the use of resources (Man Hours / OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) / Inputs), as well as respond to customer requirements (external and internal).
  • Continuous and assertive communication with other research stations for adaptation of new technologies or protocol updates.
  • The job requires extended hours during the week and working weekends during temporary workload peaks.
  • Produce seed required by KWS internal customers under standards and procedures that ensure the required quality and quantity (KPIs established for each activity).
  • Service satisfaction level requested (KWS internal customer survey).
  • Cost analysis and tracking of expenses (quarterly financial reports).
  • Efficiencies of productive processes: OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness)



Your competencies:

  • Ability to lead teams and interact with different levels of the organization.
  • Ability to plan and coordinate tasks.
  • Analytical capacity (priority analysis, logical criteria, common sense and critical thinking).
  • Innovation and problem solving skills.
  • Agronomic knowledge in annual crop production and precision agriculture.
  • Dynamic and proactive. Ability to understand processes and systems.
  • Bilingual communication, negotiation skills.



Your profile:

  • Graduate Agronomist Engineer, desirable with specialization and interest in seed production, plant physiology, biology or related areas.
  • Preferably with 3 to 5 years of experience in corn seed production.
  • Practical experience in research activities (R&D).
  • Experience in team management
  • Proficient in Microsoft office and other data analysis software.
  • Intermediate/advanced English (fluent writing, reading and speaking),
  • Ability to collect data, analyze information and prepare reports to external and internal clients.
  • Driver's license (category B, desired category D)




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About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. Over 5,000 employees in more than 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.8 billion in the fiscal year 2022/2023. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, vegetables, oilseed rape and sunflower. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests, and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €300 million last fiscal year in research and development. For more information: Follow us on LinkedIn® at

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