DuPont Operations Lead in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Operations Lead (Job Number: RES00004211)


Want to make a difference in our world by meeting the challenges of feeding and powering a growing planet?

Enjoy a challenging and fulfilling career with an international employer. Pioneer Hi-Bred International has business operations in more than 90 countries, and is committed to increasing food production with high quality Pioneer brand products and agronomic knowledge that maximizes agricultural productivity. By combining conventional and advanced plant genetics, Pioneer is delivering solutions to help meet the needs of a growing population’s demand for agricultural seed.

Position Description:

This position leads the operations at the Multi Crop Research Facility at Delmas, developing solutions for agriculture relating to seed and chemical products. The focus on row-crops, maize, sunflowers and soybeans.

Key activities:

Experimentation at the facility are conducted with a mindset of “precision farming” to obtain data for the commercialization of seed and chemical products, based on accurate repeatable data and include the following activities

  • Coordinating Breeding Nurseries and Yield trials across crops on station – trial lay-outs, crop-rotation, planting dates and field allocation

  • Scheduling and execution of irrigation, fertilizing, weed, insect and disease control

  • Managing green houses, environmentally controlled year-round.

  • Support regulatory, insect and pathology experimentation

  • Maintenance of fields, roads, waterways, safety and security of assets, germplasm.

  • Oversee maintenance and operation of facility buildings, laboratories, implement storage sheds, implements and equipment, fumigation, drying and dehumidifiers

  • Link in with commercial field agronomists in Corteva and local Brands Other requirements:

  • Remain current on new technology by participating in precision farming trends

  • May serve on teams appropriate to cross project research initiatives with other facilities local and abroad



  • Masters or Bachelor’s Degree with equivalent experience in Agriculture related field

  • 5 -7 years’ experience in Research is required; experience in the seed and/or chemical industry is preferred.

  • Proven ability to make decisions, developing plans, and anticipating issues during peak season activities

  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills are required for fostering teamwork, enhancing a good working environment, and effectively developing strong working relationships with a diverse group of people.

  • High workload with long hours and weekend work during high season and may visit field locations including overnight travel, sometimes for extended periods

  • Physical ability to lift 15 Kg, ability to work outside in all kinds of weather, ability to stand/sit for extended periods

Primary Location: EMEA-South Africa-Mpumalanga-Delmas

Organization: Pioneer

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (±16 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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