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Senior Agricultural Supervisor

Senior Agricultural Supervisor

Field of Work:  Seed Production

Othello, WA, US

Legal Entity:  KWS Seeds, LLC (0058)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote: 
Job ID:  12817

Interested in becoming a valued team member at our production facility in Othello, WA USA for the #1 sugarbeet seed brand for growers in North America? We currently have an exciting opportunity as Senior Agricultural Supervisor. This position will oversee and direct agricultural activities in Othello, WA to ensure high yielding, pure seed productions while utilizing resources effectively and efficiently. Ensure workers follow established procedures for planting, transplanting and harvesting crops.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Hire, train and supervise KWS employees and plan, coordinate and direct their activities; provide mentorship, leadership and exercise final decision-making
  • Locate, secure, and pin field isolations for planting seed/transplants
  • Establish and maintain a working relationship with seed growers ensuring grower and KWS expectations are mutually understood including communication of contract requirements
  • Accurately direct activities surrounding transplant isolations completing maps and SAP information accurately and in a timely manner
  • Create field maps of all isolation following standard operation procedures
  • Plan and manage daily operations and business administration, maintain records in SAP and create reports as needed
  • Confirm correct quantities, identification numbers and planting locations in SAP and other programs as needed
  • Monitor and track field activities throughout the season and accurately complete all paperwork timely
  • Manage the transplanting and harvesting of seed production fields
  • Develop and improve cultural field practices including but not limited to field preparation/maintenance and conducting replicated field trials to improve plant health and seed quality
  • Manage experimental hybrids ensuring high yield production
  • Direct application of pesticide solutions to crops and adhere to local and federal regulations regarding pesticide storage, application and disposal
  • Oversee WA warehouse activities ensuring product quality and integrity are prioritized. This includes but is not limited to efficient process flow, record keeping, and inventory & system accuracy
  • Each seed production season, evaluate storage and productions located within the designated territory by gathering relevant information, analyzing data, and providing recommendation and feedback
  • Manage invoices and provide support for grower contracts and payment 
  • Ensure budgetary figures are accurate and activities are managed within the budget
  • Conduct Employee Supervisor Dialogues annually with direct reports
  • Ensure Company handbook, Rules, Guidelines, Procedures and safety policies are followed and personal protective equipment is used correctly
  • Travel and/or drive on behalf of the business
  • Meet attendance requirements
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or comparable with concentration in agriculture or related field
  • Commercial Pesticide Consultant’s License
  • Supervisory experience
  • Valid driver’s license


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience operating, loading, and driving a loaded trailer


What we offer:

  •  Health, dental, vision benefits
  •  Pension plan and 401(k) with employer match
  •  Flexible paid-time-o3 (PTO)
  •  Professional training and development opportunities
  •  An international and diverse tea

Working Environment:

Must wear required PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as needed. Work in high and precarious places and able to cover multiple areas including staircases safely and quickly. Able to work in varied environmental conditions (loud, hot, cold, dusty, damp, etc.). Flexibility to work rotating shifts as needed (including weekend, night shift, and holidays). Ability to work individually and within a team setting. Travel could exceed 30,000/year, which will involve driving a vehicle and travel to other production areas 3 to 4 weeks per year, which will involve over nights.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and move objects up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


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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 €1.5 billion in the fiscal year 2021/2022. 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, sugarbeet, 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 €285 million last fiscal year in research and development. For more information: Follow us on LinkedIn® at

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