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Seed Enhancement Technician

Morgan Hill, CA

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Sakata is committed to providing a workplace free of any and all kinds of discrimination. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to promote a culturally diverse workforce. Thanks to our global and multicultural business environment, individuals can meet and work with people from all over the world.

Position Summary

Responsible for the pelleting, treating, drying and priming of flower and vegetable seed according to specific instructions utilizing standard operating procedures. It is expected of this position to efficiently operate equipment utilized by the Logistics Department. Activities include (but are not limited to) any of the processes in operations related to preparing seed for delivery to the customer, which includes receiving, drying, cleaning, sizing, inventory, treating, packaging, enhancement and sampling activities. This position will be expected to keep the work area, warehouse and the facility clean. Participation in the maintenance of assigned equipment is also expected. Participate with Seed Enhancement Staff in determining process controls, seed enhancement schedules and lead times.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Efficiently run and clean required seed conditioning, seed enhancement and packaging equipment in the Logistics Department.
  • Assist in the maintenance of equipment within the Logistics Department.
  • Meet or exceed established target throughput for assigned area(s) while maintaining all quality requirements.
  • Support other Logistics workstations or company departments during slow times as assigned or approved by the Manager or Lead. Additional responsibilities may be required while working in other departments
  • Dry seed (raw, pelleted, and primed) to prescribed standards.
  • Mix chemical formulations for the various seed enhancement activities.
  • Perform necessary quality checks for assigned processes, including seed counting, moisture testing, physical purity and other quality assurance checks. Perform data entry, data analysis, and data recording for each process as required
  • Ensure all State and Federal environmental and safety rules and regulations are followed.
  • Monitor inventory of supplies for designated area, order as required, and provide monthly report on stock levels to Lead and Manager.
  • Follow all SAI quality assurance, policies and procedures as follows but not limited to this list:
  • Keep Supervisor or Lead informed of critical tasks not done.
  • Raise issues with Manager and Lead when policies or procedures are not clear or not working.
  • Be aware of and personally follow all SAI policies and procedures.
  • Lead and train temporary support labor as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience

  • Minimum two years' experience in the seed industry, preferably in seed pelleting.

Knowledge / Skills Required

  • Must have excellent visual discrimination, mathematical, and judgmental skill.
  • Must be detail-oriented and have ability to work under time constraints and deadlines.
  • Must have ability to communicate well verbally and in writing in English
  • Must have excellent analytical skills and mechanical aptitude
  • Must have outstanding organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Must have ability to learn the technical aspects of seed enhancement process.
  • Must be able to acquire and maintain Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC).
  • Must have ability to safely operate Seed Enhancement, drying equipment, forklifts and other warehouse machinery and equipment.
  • Must have ability to lift over 50 pounds on a regular/daily basis
  • Must be able to work with chemicals and other irritating substances
  • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment on a daily/regular basis.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to work in dusty, hot and cold conditions.
  • Must be able to work OT during busy times of year and work weekend duty as required.

Education

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • High school or college science courses highly desirable.
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