Careers

Careers with Verdesian Life Sciences


Thank you for your interest in employment at Verdesian Life Sciences. We’re always searching for talent to help us remain the leader in plant health and nutrition. To be considered for a position listed below or for a future career opening, please send your resume to careers@vlsci.com.

We have the following positions open, please scroll down to find specific responsibilities and required qualifications for each position:

  • Technical Sales Representative (Arizona & Southern California)
  • Soil Scientist/Agronomist (RTP, NC)
  • Technical Sales Representative (Central Valley area of California)

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Technical Sales Representative (Arizona & Southern California)

The Technical Sales Representative (TSR) will be responsible for prospecting, acquiring, and building Verdesian’s base of retailers within an assigned territory selling nutritional and polymer products, including servicing and training potential/newly acquired retailers on product benefits and usage. TSR sales efforts to be supported by strategic marketing plans and product trainings.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Drive business growth in assigned region calling on and building business with new retailers, establishing a recurring book of business, to achieve territory revenue and profit targets
  • Own the entire sales cycle from cold calling and initial retailer engagement to selling products and managing the retailer
  • Maintain a high-level of product knowledge & develop strong relationships to become a consultant with prospective/acquired retailers overcoming market challenges and positioning the value of Verdesian products
  • Develop business plans to strategically target retailers in assigned territory forecasting future sales and budgets
  • Leverage and execute lead generation campaigns and research trials as appropriate
  • Structure weekly/monthly sales efforts to achieve business plans and territory target
  • Anticipate retailer and territory needs regularly engaging marketing, customer service, and other departments to share market trends and prepare for future territory growth
  • Understand and deploy a working knowledge of EPA and state regulations
  • Facilitate business relationships contributing to public relations
  • Lead participation of Verdesian efforts in local trade shows and events
  • Populate customer relationship management (CRM) tool on weekly basis
  • Other TSR duties not listed above as required

Qualifications:

  • Minimum work experience of 5 years full time exempt sales experience in Agriculture industry
  • Minimum education of BA or BS degree in Agriculture related field
  • PCA License required for Technical Sales positions in California

Criteria:

  • Strong communication (both written and verbal) and presentation skills
  • Proven ability to develop deep working relationships
  • Ability to clearly articulate key product benefits and selling points based on retailer needs
  • Proven persuasion and negotiation skills
  • Effective time management and organization skills to succeed in fast-paced environment
  • Proven track record in business to business sales environment
  • Ability to work with and establish rapport with Chemical Fertilizer Dealership Staff, Certified Crop Advisors, and Independent Crop Consultants
  • Ability to interface and engage with academic arenas
  • Efficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) & CRM systems
  • Maintain a clean driving record with ability to travel long distances
  • Experience in lead generation and qualification a plus
  • Strong understanding of biological technologies as related to agriculture a plus

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Soil Scientist/Agronomist (RTP, NC)

Verdesian Life Sciences is looking for a Soil Scientist with expertise in Soil Chemistry and Crop Sciences to join our RTP lab team. This position is responsible for providing technical expertise, direction and guidance on assigned research and development projects in crop nutrient use efficiency.  The incumbent will serve as a principle investigator to identify and develop soil nutrient characterization and evaluation programs that lead to sustainable agronomic solutions to the customers.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develop critical analysis and evaluation methods for characterizing Verdesian’s crop nutrient use efficiency product line, either internally as part of a newly established screening lab or through the use of outside labs
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to accomplish goals and support business
  • Engage with regional technical development managers in the U.S., Canada and EU to evaluate soil nutrient profile and their relation to crop yield and environmental impacts
  • Routine analysis on soil chemistry and biological products
  • Oversee soil sampling and data collection from various field trial locations globally for laboratory needs
  • Assume the ownership and lead the research activities for the plant growth chambers
  • Working closely with Technology Development Managers to integrate the information obtained in the lab and in the field into comprehensive nutrient management solutions for the customers
  • Interpret and maintain all data in research reports and secure company intellectual property through patent applications
  • Report research findings for scientific and agricultural producer audiences through publications and presentations
  • Renew existing product testing procedures and protocols
  • Assist to improve current product quality and assurance
  • Other duties not listed above as assigned by immediate supervisor
  • DisclaimerThe above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Criteria:

  • Experience operating and maintaining analytical equipment for soil analysis
  • Familiarity with analytical procedures for soil and plant nutrients
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of roles within the lab, including greenhouse and growth chamber environments
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to work in a high-paced team environment
  • Strong documentation and record keeping abilities
  • Ability to use programs such Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Data management program such as ARM
  • Ability to multitask and track projects at same time. Ability to work independently and prioritize projects to complete projects per timelines and product commercialization needs

Qualifications:

  • Must have demonstrated research experience in crop nutrient management and/or soil chemistry within agricultural production or related field
  • Minimum education of MS degree and 2 years’ experience in soil science and/or agronomy, PhD degree preferred    

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Technical Sales Representative (Central Valley area of California)

This position is responsible for developing a solid base of retail dealers and sales according to the established marketing plan of Verdesian and the service and training of potential clients in the use of VLS products within the assigned territory.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Establish and incorporate routed sales calls within assigned territory
  • Develop clientele base of customers, dealers, and clients
  • Anticipate customer needs and contact regularly with appropriate communication
  • Increase sales to attain maximum market penetration for appropriate VLS products
  • Possess a working knowledge of EPA and state registrations
  • Cooperate with Field Research team in assigned territory
  • Facilitate business relationships contributing to public relations
  • Forecast and develop budget for sales
  • Maintain a clean driving record, and ability to travel long distances
  • Other duties not listed above as assigned by immediate supervisor

Criteria:

  • Excellent oral & written communication skills and interpersonal interaction
  • Strong Customer Service skills
  • Demonstrate strong Leadership and Management skills
  • Proficient with technology including ability to operate Microsoft Office Tools including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Ability to work with Chemical Fertilizer Dealerships Staff
  • Ability to work in a field setting with Certified Crop Advisors and Independent Crop Consultants to analyze crop deficiencies and recommend alternative resolutions to problems
  • Strong understanding of Biological Technologies as related to Agriculture
  • Ability to interface with Academic arenas
  • Help manage research trials including prepared budgets, protocols, write ups or publications
  • Confidentiality, proprietary trust, and professional judgment
  • Collaborative leadership

Qualifications:

  • Minimum work experience of 5 years full time exempt sales experience in Agriculture industry
  • Minimum education of BA or BS degree in Agriculture related field
  • 50% travel requirement
  • PCA License required for Technical Sales positions in California
  • CCA License preferred

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