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Seed Processing Manager

Seed Processing Manager

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:  12064

Join our team at the KWS Seeds LLC where the Plant Processing Manager is responsible for all aspects of the processing and packaging of various sugarbeet seed products in accordance with the company quality standards and customer requirements.  This position ensures compliance with all state and federal guidelines, oversees and provides leadership to the Tangent Seed processing team. We are seeking to recruit a Seed Processing Manager for our team on a permanent, full-time basis in Tangent,OR, USA.


Essential job functions:

  • Management of Seed Processing to Include:
    • Leadership by direct daily interaction with processing team supervisors and team leaders
    • Commercial seed processing
    • Seed treatment and packaging
    • Quarterly and annual budget for all stages of processing
    • Achieving quality standards on each work center
    • Mid-Long term capital planning 
    • Capacity planning
  • Manage a team of 25 -100 full time/temporary employees in the processing plant.
  • Develop Manning schedules for 24/7 operations during processing season.
  • Develop supervisors to ensure high standards of production, quality & safety.
  • Create workflow diagrams and determine equipment capacity and limitations.
  • Create SOP’s and working instruction and update them on an annual basis.
  • Process products for the sales markets that meet or exceed predetermined quality standards.
  • Communicate starting, expected and actual completion dates of each shop order.
  • Work with all department supervisors to improve seed quality, timely shipments and reduce labor costs.
  • Encourage improved communication between departments and team building within work groups.
  • Coordinate with Quality Manager to determine course of action to bring sub-par seed lots up to market standards.
  • Collaborate with Director of Operations, R&D, Q.C., Engineering, and Project Manager to develop, plan and implement cutting edge technologies for more efficient processing methods.
  • Manage the selection, training, and development of staff
  • Ensure Company handbook, Rules, Guidelines, Procedures and safety policies are followed, and personal protective equipment is used correctly.
  • Occasionally travel and/or drive on behalf of the business.
  • Meet attendance requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Agriculture, Business, Biology, or a related Field preferred. 
  • 8-10 years of production experience
  • Strong organization, team leadership, communication, time management and project skills.
  • Proficient computer skills: Microsoft Office and HMI.
  • Able to work extended shifts and varying hours
  • Valid driver’s license


Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with SAP/MES system
  • Knowledge of the sugar beet or seed industry preferred that includes seed and crop production, as well as allied industry chemical, equipment and research.


Working environment:

Able to work in varied environmental conditions (loud, hot, cold, dusty, damp, etc).  Extended work schedule as needed seasonally.


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 10 pounds and occasionally lift and move objects up to 25 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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