Precision Field Agronomist - Champaign, Illinois
Position type: full-time
Advanced Agrilytics is an agronomic services company enabled by best in class digital capabilities providing growers independent, sophisticated and robust input prescriptions and operational advice. The company has focused on the major inputs and in-crop decisions as determined by value and return on investment within the overall system. Advanced Agrilytics is well differentiated from the crowded SaaS providers in the digital agriculture space given its impressive multi-season results and independent, high-touch business model.
Are you a self-starter who would like to shape the future of digital agriculture? Would you like to grow a business and celebrate its success? Do you like being directly engaged with the farmer in their operation?
Advanced Agrilytics seeks a Precision Field Agronomist for a local field agronomy position. A Precision Field Agronomist is a grower focused role based on growing market share through sales, building strong relationships with customers and providing leading-edge agronomic advising services in both traditional agronomic principles with a strong sub-field environmental focus and digital products. The company seeks candidates who enjoy the challenger sales model and have a passion for serving the farmer. Qualified candidates must have a focus on growth and dedication to a true systems approach to agronomy that offers grower specific management products that extend soil fertility, crop care (herbicide, fungicide, others), plant growth and development as well as current production practices to data management and analytics.
Advanced Agrilytics is an agronomic tech company that provides farmers with actionable, customized strategies to deliver sustainable outcomes at the sub-acre level. Our independent hands-on approach combines field specific data with agronomic research to meet farmers at the cross-section of technology and a personal agronomist. With our patented Hex-Grid system, Advanced Agrilytics provides precise recommendations that help farmers manage inputs and resources and maximize profitability in any given environment.
Our recommendations, backed with our own research and proprietary data systems, provide operations prescriptions focused on return on investment and independent of product manufacturers and retailers. Founded in 2013, Advanced Agrilytics is rapidly expanding its team across the Midwest. The successful candidate will join a team of industry veterans with experience within agriculture’s leading seed, chemical and agriculture technology companies.
Sales & Market Share Growth
- Prospecting via existing relationships and cold calling to generate and uncover opportunities for customer acquisition
- Provide advice to your farmer customers and help them make better business decisions using our proprietary solutions
- Achieve sales, revenue and market share targets within the defined market/territory
- Plans and carries out test plots at farms to demonstrate improved varieties of field crops such as corn and soybeans to use as a sales tool
- Convey products and knowledge gleaned from internal team members to growers on a weekly basis
- Crop scouting with growers to show the value of products delivered
- Collecting grower data for spatial data products
- Grower crop plans, rotations, product positioning
- Grower year end data reviews
- Delivery of all portfolio prescriptions (example: Lime, Phosphorus, Potassium, VR Seeding, and VR Nitrogen) with fundamental rationale of each product
- Manage and aid in training summer Interns
- Assist in planning and protocol development for projects that influence grower knowledge of products or concepts
- Work with the Research Team leads on finding identifying growers and fields for projects in your area
Skills and Competencies
- Four-year bachelor's degree in Agronomy, Agriculture Business or related field with 2 or more years of experience or Associates degree with 5 or more years of related experience
- Must be willing maintain or obtain a Certified Crop Advisor certification within 1 year of employment
- Demonstrates passion for exceeding customer needs and the ability to influence to close the sale and help customers to take optimal decisions
- Knowledge of Precision Agriculture preferred
- Comfortable in challenging customers and play the role of a change agent to help them improve their operations
- Strong listening skills to carefully and effectively appreciate unique customer needs and align them into compelling value propositions
- Oral communication, writing, and interpersonal skills
- Must reside in the US
- Must live within the desired territory
- Relocation not provided
What we offer you:
- Competitive compensation
- Competitive benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance
- 401(k) Plan with company match
- Paid vacation
- Collaborative, autonomous work culture where each person makes a difference!