Smith Bucklin Corp Soybean Supply Research Director in StLouis, Missouri

Soybean Supply Research Director

ResearchSt. Louis, MO



SmithBucklin, the association management company responsible for managing domestic programs for the United Soybean Board(USB), is seeking aSoybean SupplyResearch Directorto join the Supply Action Team management group in St. Louis.

TheSoybean SupplyResearchDirectorwill be responsible for aiding in implementation of the goals and tactics defined by USB’s Long Range Strategic Plan 2017-2021, within the Supply Action Team. The candidate will be responsible for management of USB-funded soybean supply research projects and execution of USB strategy within the areas of soybean seed composition and analytical measurements. This individual will serve as a technical resource for USB and related programs dealing with relevant and emerging soybean research issues.

What You Will Do

  • Prepare requests for proposals (RFPs), evaluate submitted proposals, present proposals for USB director action team consideration and approval, and evaluate project progress

  • Assist the USB Supply Action Team leadership in the development, funding and operation of effective research programs and projects with the potential to meet program guidelines and USB milestones

  • Oversee USB-funded projects led by principal investigators:

  • Monitor and report on research progress, evaluate contractor performance and progress against project goals and objectives as well as USB milestones and strategies

  • Provide strategic, scientific and technical oversight as needed

  • Provide staff support and technical expertise to USB director-led action teams to evaluate ongoing projects and programs

  • Provide technical expertise and counsel as needed to USB (this may involve existing strategies, emerging issues and/or new initiatives)

  • Provide administrative oversight of research team members to include annual goal development and assessment against metrics

Internal Working Relationships:

  • Interact with program managers, the financial management support team and other program directors concerning oversight of funded projects and other services to USB

External Working Relationships:

  • Interact extensively with public and private sector scientists concerning research developments, needs and direction; with other subcontractors and allied organizations; and with USB directors and executive staff concerning program development, implementation and evaluation

  • Programs are generally run in cooperation with industry, universities, government research agencies, private consultants, Qualified State Soybean Checkoff Boards (QSSBs) and regional soybean research programs such as the North Central and Southern Soybean Research Programs (NCSRP and SSRP)

This Role Might Be for You If…

  • You want to drive projects with a goal to enhance and grow the soybean industry in the U.S.

  • You have the ability to understand and assess new developments, technologies and scientific discoveries in production agriculture

  • You have a demonstrated history of being able to translate scientific data/information to non-technical audiences (e.g., farmers)

  • You have strong communication (verbal and written), organization and project management skills

  • You have the ability to travel 20% (domestic)

Basic Qualifications

  • Graduate degree or equivalent experience with emphasis in plant physiology, biochemistry, protein chemistry, molecular biology, plant breeding, seed quality, plant pathology and/or other related fields

  • Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in agriculture with a mixture of research and project/program management

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. with emphasis in plant physiology, biochemistry, protein chemistry, molecular biology, plant breeding, seed quality, plant pathology and/or other related fields

  • Experience with agribusiness and/or non-profit agricultural organizations

  • Experience in soybean or other crop composition/quality or product processing

  • Proficiency with basic computer programming, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Where Do You Fit?

Whether you are just beginning your career or are a mid- or senior-level professional, working at SmithBucklin will offer you countless opportunities to develop transferrable skills, acquire meaningful knowledge and gain rich experiences at an accelerated pace. By working collaboratively with smart, ambitious, multi-talented, genuine and hardworking colleagues, you will build meaningful, deep and enduring relationships that will serve you well throughout your career, regardless of your chosen path. In addition, as a 100 percent employee-owned company, SmithBucklin offers all of our people – regardless of position or compensation – an equal chance to experience the fulfillment and reap the benefits of ownership. As owners, our employees control the destiny of SmithBucklin and are unified in the goal of building a great, enduring company.

United Soybean Board (USB)is a board of 70 farmer-directors, nominated by their state, to oversee the investments of the soy checkoff. The checkoff is a fund that U.S. soybean farmers collectively invest a portion of their product revenue into in order to fund soybean research and promotion efforts.

Equal Employment Opportunity

At SmithBucklin, Equal Employment Opportunity is our commitment and goal. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status or any other protected status designated by federal, state or local law. Applicants are encouraged to confidentially self-identify when applying. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference and background investigation based on position.