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Soil Scientist Next Gen Growing Media with The Scotts Miracle Gro Company in Marysville, Ohio

Type of position Permanent
Employer The Scotts Miracle Gro Company
Location Marysville, Ohio
Salary DOE
Closing date of competition 04/27/2017
Date position available 03/28/2017
Description of duties Scientist Horticulture Growing Media Soils – Marysville, Ohio

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) is the world\’s largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products, with a full range of products for professional horticulture as well. Scotts Miracle-Gro has helped to grow the nearly $7 billion global consumer lawn and garden market through product innovation, industry-leading advertising efforts and its trusted brands.

Job Description
Reporting to an R&D Product Development Manager in the Global Gardens Category, the Scientist Horticulture leads the biological requirements of projects to drive a diverse portfolio for our Growing Media business segment which focuses on soil and mulch products for both the traditional and the organic/natural gardener. The Scientist Horticulture scouts and tests new technologies, recommends and develops new products, creates enticing product claims and identifies cost saving opportunities. The Scientist Horticulture will constantly mine the realm of technologies and match them to both articulated and unarticulated consumer needs to drive the garden category and our business.

To ensure success, the Scientist Horticulture will identify, plan and implement major biological research programs that deliver professional research results leading to clear decisions. The Scientist Horticulture will effectively use internal and external resources including Scotts\’ research stations, universities and independent contract researchers. The Scientist Horticulture must develop strong partnerships with key cross-functional experts in R&D, marketing, regulatory, sourcing, and manufacturing to understand the possibilities and implications of innovative ideas and cost-savings. The Scientist Horticulture will participate extensively in their respective business segment as a hands-on consumer and a hands-on researcher to fully understand our products, competitors, gaps and develop cutting-edge biological research methods.

Key Responsibilities
* Lead and conduct sound, professional biological research and summarize results into research reports, position papers, etc., to deliver project deliverables such as new products, new product label claims and cost savings per established timelines.
* Drive innovation and future direction by interacting with industry experts, universities, sources of consumer insights and regional research station experts to understand new technologies, new biological research methods, consumer trends and regional differences.
* Collaborate closely with colleagues in R&D, marketing, regulatory, sourcing, and manufacturing to ensure alignment on project goals, effective use of resources and explore innovation possibilities.
* Provide technical assistance to R&D, marketing, regulatory, sourcing, quality, and manufacturing when appropriate.
* Scout and test new technologies, recommend and develop new products, create product claims and identify cost saving opportunities
* Mine the realm of technologies and match them to both articulated and unarticulated consumer needs to drive the business.
* Conduct statistical analysis of experiments and develop written scientific conclusions to experiments.
* Serve as a leader by identifying opportunities followed by compelling communication and facts to implement change.
* Present research findings to executive leadership.
* May mentor or coach Biology Specialists and Scientists to raise the overall performance of the team.

Qualifications sought Job Requirements
* Industry experience with Growing Media products with a Ph.D. in a relevant biological science emphasizing soil science and horticulture. M.S. degree in equivalent field with significant industry experience in conducting sound, professional biological research with successful, relevant product launches will be considered.
* Deep expertise in the field of soil science or similar field, consistent with established industry experts. Overall, considered an industry growing media expert.
* Demonstrated ability to design and lead research programs to answer specific questions and/or solve problems and experience in conducting biological research to commercialize horticultural products or technologies.
* Broad awareness of consumer lawn and garden products and practices; hands-on experience is desirable.
* Experience performing Statistical Analysis using ARM, MiniTab, JMP or similar software programs.
* Scientific curiosity, personal drive and networking abilities to find breakthrough technologies, product improvements and cutting-edge methods.
* Solid verbal and written communication skills to communicate effectively with key stakeholders to influence direction, enable decisions, and make progress.
* Manage multiple demands through strong organizational skills, efficiency and prioritization.

Come gro with Scotts, where the grass really is greener!

ScottS is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.


Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.


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