• Field Station Development Representative

    Location US-IL-Rochelle
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Exp. (Yrs)
    Full Time
    Visa Sponsorship
    Relocation Eligible
    Works with Chemicals
  • Company Overview

    FMC Corporation is a leading specialty company focused on agricultural and lithium technologies. We are proud that our products help grow the world's food, improve health and contribute to a more sustainable energy supply.


    FMC is a globally diverse organization that offers its employees exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects that are important to the achievement of our strategic objectives. Your education and professional experience are valued and put to use from day one. Your success at completing key initiatives can result in a varied, progressive and fulfilling career with FMC.


    With a corporate culture of innovation, integrity, responsibility and customer intimacy, we foster “The Right Chemistry” in everything we do. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets.  If you are ready to make a difference every day, FMC is ready to talk to you.


    The Field Station Development Representative (FSDR) manages and implements a field testing program primarily at an FMC research farm. The FSDR is actively involved in a broad range of work activities, spanning early-stage lead optimization and venture qualification research, commercial product development, sales support demonstrations and providing technical information for commercial products. The FSDR reports to NA Product Development Director.


    • Conduct high confidence field tests of crop protection chemicals for biological efficacy and crop safety for discovery candidates and commercialization projects
    • Collect field research data and enter in corporate database in a timely manner. Responsible for the data quality for all development trials conducted or managed.
    • Summarize and communicate results and make recommendations for commercial use
    • Facilitate strong working relationship with Product Development Managers and Technical Service Managers
    • Ensure that all activities meet local, state, and Federal regulations and laws, including safe storage, shipping, handling and application of EPA-approved and experimental agricultural products
    • Work closely with local tech service managers to build strong team relationships with key university research specialist and other industry influencers.
    • Work hand in hand with Technical Service group to ensure that TSMs are well educated regarding development projects and prepared to superbly execute technical strategies for support of product launch and assist with plot tours at the farm for internal and external audiences
    • Represent FMC at industry events such as media summits, trade shows and regional and national scientific gatherings.
    • Maintain strong technical knowledge of commercial, new chemistries & other technology impacting the business
    • Supervise crew of interns that assist with the operation of the farm and field research
    • Maintain or arrange service of all tractors, machinery and equipment on the station
    • Help identify and recruit potential new employees for sales, technical service and product development positions
    • Help train and mentor new employees
    • Develop action plans and budgets that meet technical and operational objectives while managing time and priorities in an independent work environment
    • Provide input and participate with marketing, sales and tech service as needed on market intelligence and business opportunities in local territory

    Required Education

    • BS or MS in Entomology, Plant Physiology, Weed Science, Agronomy or other agricultural/related science or equivalent experience. If BS, candidate will need to be actively planning to pursue an MS degree while employed with FMC.
    • PhD preferred


    • 2+ years’ experience in discovery, development and commercialization of agricultural products or 5+ years in production agriculture
    • Working knowledge of disease, insect and weed biology and appropriate field testing procedures with a high level of technical competency in one or more of these disciplines
    • Knowledge of agricultural cropping systems, pests, practices and products and basic farm machinery operation skills
    • Experience in field plot technique and statistical analysis of data
    • State pesticide application license required. Possess or be working toward a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification and maintain certification through continuing education hours
    • Proficient in ARM and/or FieldPro
    • Strong organizational and attention to detail skills
    • Ability to get results by delivering on commitments and implementing plans and programs
    • Capable of designing protocols and research projects
    • Excellent speaking, writing, and computer skills
    • Ability to manage time and priorities in an independent work environment
    • Strong interpersonal skills with a focus on teamwork and collaborative cooperation
    • Ability to communicate to a wide variety of internal and external audiences in a way that promotes understanding and builds relationships
    • Commitment to safe driving practices, chemical handling and use of equipment
    • Commitment to continually increase breadth and level of scientific knowledge within key agricultural/biological science disciplines

    EEO Statement

    FMC employees enjoy competitive compensation, a menu of work/life benefits and opportunities to continue developing their skills and building their career. FMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, gender, disability or protected veteran status. FMC supports a drug-free workplace. 


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