Research Agronomist

Job Number: 9712
Location(s): Minneapolis, MN ; Brookings, SD

General Mills is reshaping the future of food. We believe food makes us better. It nourishes our bodies, brings us joy and connects us to each other. As one of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Annie’s Homegrown, Old El Paso, Epic Provisions, Blue Buffalo and more. Are you passionate about the future of food? You’ve come to the right table. We want the very best talent to help lead something big.

Job Details

Overview & Responsibilities

The Research Agronomist position, as part of the Agronomy Research program at General Mills, Inc. will be responsible for areas of Regenerative Agriculture cropping systems, organic agriculture systems, small grain research variety selection, and precision agriculture.  Focus crops will be oats, wheat and rotational crops of importance to General Mills, Inc.  This position requires the ability to work independently in Minneapolis from the General Mills corporate offices or at a remote General Mills location in Brookings, SD with internal colleagues and across the industry and University Research Partners.

  • Develop and advance sustainable agronomy of General Mill’s organic and conventional agriculture businesses
  • Form direct relationships with GMI sourcing and external grain/ingredient suppliers
  • Develop and lead a research strategy for organic and conventional small grain production.
  • Interface with GMI businesses on Regenerative Agriculture messages and opportunities
  • Develop, identify and implement new precision agriculture technologies that improve economics and availability of both organic and conventional small grains.
  • Familiarity with small grain breeding, genetics, and variety selection practices.
  • Ability to conduct on farm research
  • Collaboration with both University Scientist and private research entities.
  • Work as part of a team as well as be able to independently lead research projects
  • Collaborate with cross functional General Mills workgroups to advance technical projects
  • Model and analyze complex experimental designs related to small grain variety selections
  • Advance timelines on several projects simultaneously
Qualifications
  • Recent Ph.D. in Agronomy, Plant Sciences, or Horticulture with emphasis in Cropping Systems. 
  • Interest/focus in Regenerative Agriculture
  • Ability to set up networks both internally and externally
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Analytical and computational skills
  • Project management skills and a high level of attention to detail
  • Self-starter with a strong bias for action
  • Works safely and ensures results with integrity
  • Experience with precision agriculture tools and technologies
  • Machine learning and big data knowledge; experience or willingness to learn SAS/ JMP
  • Knowledge of agricultural economics
  • Practical, on farm experiences

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Overview & Responsibilities

The Research Agronomist position, as part of the Agronomy Research program at General Mills, Inc. will be responsible for areas of Regenerative Agriculture cropping systems, organic agriculture systems, small grain research variety selection, and precision agriculture.  Focus crops will be oats, wheat and rotational crops of importance to General Mills, Inc.  This position requires the ability to work independently in Minneapolis from the General Mills corporate offices or at a remote General Mills location in Brookings, SD with internal colleagues and across the industry and University Research Partners.

  • Develop and advance sustainable agronomy of General Mill’s organic and conventional agriculture businesses
  • Form direct relationships with GMI sourcing and external grain/ingredient suppliers
  • Develop and lead a research strategy for organic and conventional small grain production.
  • Interface with GMI businesses on Regenerative Agriculture messages and opportunities
  • Develop, identify and implement new precision agriculture technologies that improve economics and availability of both organic and conventional small grains.
  • Familiarity with small grain breeding, genetics, and variety selection practices.
  • Ability to conduct on farm research
  • Collaboration with both University Scientist and private research entities.
  • Work as part of a team as well as be able to independently lead research projects
  • Collaborate with cross functional General Mills workgroups to advance technical projects
  • Model and analyze complex experimental designs related to small grain variety selections
  • Advance timelines on several projects simultaneously

Qualifications

  • Recent Ph.D. in Agronomy, Plant Sciences, or Horticulture with emphasis in Cropping Systems. 
  • Interest/focus in Regenerative Agriculture
  • Ability to set up networks both internally and externally
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Analytical and computational skills
  • Project management skills and a high level of attention to detail
  • Self-starter with a strong bias for action
  • Works safely and ensures results with integrity
  • Experience with precision agriculture tools and technologies
  • Machine learning and big data knowledge; experience or willingness to learn SAS/ JMP
  • Knowledge of agricultural economics
  • Practical, on farm experiences

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