North America Equipment Specialist I - Breeding Agronomic Research

Urbandale, Iowa
Nov 18, 2023
Nov 23, 2023
Position Type
Scientist, Research, Specialist
Full Time
Organization Type
At Bayer we're visionaries, driven to solve the world's toughest challenges and striving for a world where 'Health for all Hunger for none' is no longer a dream, but a real possibility. We're doing it with energy, curiosity and sheer dedication, always learning from unique perspectives of those around us, expanding our thinking, growing our capabilities and redefining 'impossible'. There are so many reasons to join us. If you're hungry to build a varied and meaningful career in a community of brilliant and diverse minds to make a real difference, there's only one choice.

North America Equipment Specialist I - Breeding Agronomic Research

Help drive operational efficiency across North America Field Testing by maintaining state-of-the-art field equipment and sensor technology, growing your network, and unlocking data quality enhancements. If you have a passion for continuous learning and thrive in a diverse team environment, this role is for you. Join us on our hunger for none mission. You can make a difference .

The primary responsibilities of this role, North America Equipment Specialist I - Breeding Agronomic Research - multiple openings , are:


Join our team and enhance preventative maintenance (PM), in-field repairs, logistics, and inventory of the North America Field Testing Operations (NAFTO) centralized fleet.
  • Coordinates and performs preventative maintenance, and resolves complex electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical repairs on agricultural research equipment, including tractors, planters, and harvesters;
  • Works with internal stakeholders, external vendors, and field operations to oversee and execute equipment preventative maintenance, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QAQC), and seasonal fleet deployment strategies;
  • Responsible for inventory management, invoicing, and data management associated with PM and QAQC;
  • Thrives in agile environments, drives high-quality deliverables, demonstrates effective communication across teams, and shows initiative in problem-solving with peers;
  • Ensures safe and efficient operations in alignment with Sustainability Safety Health & Environment (SSHE), Stewardship requirements, and Business Code of Conduct and Ethics Standards;
  • Leverages digital and mechanical platforms to collect, analyze, and deliver data on agronomic traits throughout the growing season;
  • Develops cross-functional workflow plans, utilizes technical and digital tools, and communicates plans and status updates;
  • Drives greater than 5,000 business miles annually in a shared company supplied vehicle.


Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values (Leadership, Integrity, Flexibility, Efficiency). More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:

Required Qualifications:
  • Minimum of High School Diploma or equivalent;
  • Experience testing, troubleshooting and repairing equipment;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite;
  • Willingness to learn and operate research agriculture equipment, including precision agriculture technology;
  • Ability and willingness to travel independently in North America up to 25% of the time particularly during peak seasons, including overnights;
  • Demonstrated track record of safety, quality, and process improvements;
  • Demonstrated flexibility in an agile work environment;
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively in cross-functional and cross-cultural teams to achieve common goals;
  • Ability to work in extreme temperatures for extended periods, including additional shifts and weekends;
  • Ability to safely lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Valid driver's license (Driving record (MVR) will be reviewed and must meet guidelines based on the company's Risk Screening for Hiring Drivers);
  • Ability to obtain appropriate driver's license for medium to heavy vehicle operation (>10,000 lbs. GCWR) without air brake designation and obtain licensing to meet region-specific jurisdictions (US DOT/FMCSA or Transport Canada) that may require a specialized license, enabling the hauling of trailers, product, supplies or equipment in a safe manner;
  • Ability to obtain Pesticide Applicators License and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAV) (FAA part 107 Certification).
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Agronomy, Life Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, or related field;
  • Completion of an Agriculture Mechanics technical program;
  • Five or more years of relevant experience (including post high school academic or industrial experience);
  • Experience with testing, troubleshooting, and repairing complex mechanical, electrical, and/or hydraulic systems used in agricultural and/or large equipment;
  • Experience with precision agriculture hardware and software solutions;
  • Experience with continuous improvement and innovation;
  • Experience in inventory management.

Multiple openings with positions located in Urbandale, IA and Whitestown, IN.

Domestic relocation may be available for this role.

Visa Sponsorship is not available for this role.

Hiring Manager is Brian Brand.

YOUR APPLICATION Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and want to impact our mission Science for a better life, we encourage you to apply now. Be part of something bigger. Be you. Be Bayer.
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