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Agronomy Manager

Founded in 2015, Hazel Technologies Inc. is a USDA-funded company that develops new technologies to extend the quality and shelf-life of fresh produce in the global supply chain. The Chicago-based, early-stage agricultural technology company is on a mission to reduce food waste. Shippers, growers, and retailers are always looking for new ways to ship food further, enter new markets, extend the growing season, and have less food rejected at the retail level. Hazel Technologies’ products address these needs by adding significant and measurable value throughout our customer’s food supply chains.

Hazel Technologies is searching for an experienced and self-motivated science professional, who thrives in a fast-paced start-up environment, is willing to “get their hands dirty” in a laboratory or agricultural trial scenario, and is looking to contribute to Hazel’s vision and mission.

Position Description:  

The Agronomy Manager will report directly to the Vice President of Research & Development. This position will have the following areas of responsibilities: overall responsibility for Hazel’s agricultural trial design and execution, requiring interfacing postharvest with customers. This position will also lead a team of technical personnel, including responsibility for the skill and career development of the team.


Responsibilities:

  • Coordination and project management for laboratory, customer and in situ trials with selected fruit, vegetables or other commodities of interest
  • Agricultural trial design and teaching postharvest personnel to execute same
  • Managing customer technical support activities
  • Coordinate trials and new product roll-outs where postharvest interfaces with customers
  • Will interface closely with Business Development, Sales, Regulatory, Legal and other key departments within Hazel
  • Will build on and enhance Hazel’s research management process (improving data and research management)
  • Interact with customers to provide support or to facilitate field trials of products
  • Maintaining a safe laboratory work environment in the Hazel facility and when conducting on-site work

Requisite Skills:

  • Extensive Experimental Expertise in the agricultural or horticultural Sciences
  • 2-4 years relevant experience
  • Analytical Chemistry Method Development
  • Technical Graduate degree (MS or PhD)
  • 2+ years of managing a team in academic or industry context

Preferred Skills:

  • Plant Pathology Experience
  • Produce farm work experience
  • Spanish language ability
  • Has previously worked at a Venture-Backed Company
  • Has previously worked at ISO 9000-certified company
  • Has previously worked under GLP
  • Has previously interacted with PRIA and FIFRA-associated regulations (pesticides)


HOW TO APPLY:

Send email to careers@hazeltechnologies.com

Subject Line: Agronomy Manager

Please attach CV or Resume and short intro stating where you saw the job posted, (no cover letter necessary)

Equal Opportunity Employer

Hazel Technologies is an equal opportunity employer, committed to our diversity and inclusiveness. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, nationality, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or age. We strongly encourage women, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, people with disabilities and veterans to apply.

About Hazel Technologies, Inc.: Hazel Technologies is a USDA-funded startup company that develops new solutions to extend the quality shelf life of fresh produce and reduce food waste. Founded in 2015, Hazel Tech® services over 100 of the world's largest fresh produce packers, shippers, and retailers. Selected as a Finalist for Fast Company's 2020 World Changing Ideas and winner of "Best Sustainable Packaging" at the 2020 World Food Innovation Awards, the company's patent-pending technologies have been tested by top academic research programs including UC Davis, Cornell University, and Oregon State University. In 2020, Hazel treated over 3.2 billion pounds of fresh produce, preventing more than 270 million pounds from going to waste. For more information, visit www.hazeltechnologies.com.