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Seed Processing Lead

Seed Processing Lead

Field of Work:  Seed Production

Tangent, OR, US

Legal Entity:  KWS Seeds, LLC (0058)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote:  Onsite
Job ID:  11943

Looking for a great place to work with exceptional benefits? We are currently looking for a Seed Processing Lead. Come join the team located at our Tangent, Oregon seed production facility.


Summary / Purpose:

Ensure the best quality seed production and processing for the company. KWS offers a robust benefit package which includes PTO, 401K, health and dental insurance, and much more!  


Essential Job Functions:

  • Operate all seed processing equipment from the initial receiving of incoming product from the fields through packaging of the finished product including: cleaning equipment, gravity tables, sizing, rotors, dryers, coloring and chemical application equipment, and packaging.
  • Follow procedures and documentation, communicate clearly during shift change, avoid contamination and ensure product is tagged correctly.
  • Operate systems such as Human Manufacturing Interface (HMI) and Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
  • Work effectively with minimal direction from Supervisors and Quality staff. 
  • Works with Supervisor and other departments to assure quality needs are met or exceeded.
  • Train and lead processing crews in seed processing functions, make decisions in the supervisor’s absence and take ownership for the product produced.
  • Cross-train in other positions to meet business demands.
  • Develop and maintain respectful working relationships with all departments.
  • Ensure Company handbook, Rules Guidelines and Procedures, and safety policies are followed and personal protective equipment is used correctly.
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment as needed.
  • Work variable work schedule as needed.
  • Occasionally travel and/or drive and/or operate a forklift on behalf of the business.
  • Meet attendance requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • 2 + years or equivalent combination of education and experience in agriculture
  • Demonstrated strong team leadership, communication, organizational and training skills
  • Strong technical skills and computer skills
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Flexibility to work rotating shifts as needed.
  • Able to become forklift certified
  • High school diploma or equivalent


Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS in agriculture with consideration given to other credentials and relevant work history
  • SCADA, HMI, and MES experience
  • General working and mechanical knowledge
  • Ability to train others to operate HMI interfaces


What we offer:

  • Competitive salary ($25.84/hr)
  • Health, dental, vision benefits
  • Pension plan and 401(k) with employer match
  • Flexible paid-time-off (PTO)
  • Professional training and development opportunities
  • An international and diverse team


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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.


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, twist and bend. 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.



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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