Glasshouse Plant Production Technician

Jealott's Hill (Berkshire), Berkshire, United Kingdom

Ref#: 12345700733

Date published: 21-Dec-2016

About Syngenta:   


Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown.   We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities


The team:

The Biology Support Group contributes to Syngenta’s business by providing plant, insect and pathogen material for use in chemical and biological research at Jealotts Hill (JH).  This research plays a pivotal role in the invention and development process for new active ingredients in particular this role supports herbicide research and development at JH.


The role:

  • You will follow a work programme identified by your lead, to carry out day-to-day production and maintenance of plant materials to a standard that meets customers’ requirements.

  • Effectively plan and coordinate specific tests within Plant Production.

  • Develop technical horticultural knowledge and skills through experience of a wide range of production techniques, training courses and attendance at team meetings.

  • Take responsibility for designated pieces of equipment, tasks and/or working areas on behalf of the team.

  • Identify areas for improvements in efficiency and contribute to problem solving in consultation with other team members and the Work Manager.

  • Contribute to safety performance by maintaining a clean and safe personal working environment. Comply with all safety procedures and HSE regulations.

  • Ensure compliance by self and others with DEFRA, CBD and HSE regulations on containment and use of genetically modified organisms and licensed pests/pathogens in glasshouses and growth rooms.


Experience & Education:

  • Excellent working knowledge of horticultural techniques including seed germination, plant propagation and maintenance. 

  • A recognised horticultural qualification (e.g. National Diploma or Degree level) would be a significant advantage.

  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office.

  • Good communication skills, both with internal stakeholders and colleagues.

  • Meeting deadlines and supply high quality materials.

  • Open to learning new skills in data handling in a research environment.

  • Accurately record and collate data on plant materials.

  • Good team player and be able to train others in a range of horticultural techniques such as seed propagation.


Please note:

  • To be considered for this role the successful applicant must be able to demonstrate that they are eligible to live and carry out the particular role in the UK.
  • The role will be hands on, at times physically demanding, requiring the preparation and movement of large numbers of plant units and extensive glasshouse working.


Syngenta will offer:

  • Competitive salary & good benefits
  • Good working environment with excellent facilities
  • Friendly collaborative team culture

Primary Location


Work Locations

G06-Jealotts Hill Int. Research Cen 
Jealotts Hill Int. Research Cen 
Bracknell RG42 6EY


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