Sierra Cascade Nursery, Inc.

Job Info
  1. Job Title: Research Manager
  2. Location: Turlock, California
  3. Number: 9422
  4. Post Date: 1/10/2017
Job description

Research Manager

Sierra Cascade Nursery, Inc.


REPORTS TO: Vice President of Production

LOCATION:  This position is based at the San Joaquin Valley Ranch location, near Turlock, California, but may be negotiated for remote location offsite


Sierra Cascade Nursery, Inc. a leading strawberry nursery and diversified crop producer, is seeking a dynamic leader to join our team. We currently have a career opportunity available for a full time Research Manager. The position will be based at our San Joaquin Valley location and will report to the Vice President of Production.


Position Summary:

The purpose of this position is to plan, direct and coordinate research designed to enhance quality/yield/cultural practices/growing techniques for SCN crops with an emphasis on Strawberry and Raspberry.


  • Lead, plan and execute quality research designed to enhance Strawberry and Raspberry nursery.  Produce a timely, comprehensive report.
  • Lead Field Monitoring at all locations.  Promptly report results.  Suggest actions/improvements where appropriate.
  • Coordinate closely with key customers to develop agreed upon priorities and facilitate information flow.
  • Inform and guide SCN clean stock program
  • Maintain awareness of new trends/information regarding Strawberry/Raspberry production and crop production in general.  Attend industry and academic events.
  • Maintain good relationships with peers, managers, subordinates, and outside groups that would include  growers and customers
  • Share relevant data with the proper groups both within SCN and with growers or others as appropriate
  • Performs all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by management
  • Align with SCN's values and strategies and follow Company policies and practices while representing Sierra Cascade Nursery, Inc. in an ethical and business-like manner



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and experience with statistical analysis software such as JMP or SAS. 
  • Experience in conducting applied research is desirable.
  • Strong capability with data analysis, inquisitive, and able to present information in a scientifically acceptable format.
  • Experience in developing technically complex research programs effectively integrating and applying critical technologies broadly.
  • Experience in defining novel research approaches to complex scientific or technical problems.
  • Experience in operating in a dynamic environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective networks to accomplish work.
  • Track record of delivering results that meet or exceed timelines.
  • Experience in working effectively across functional, organizational, and cultural boundaries; is assertive in defending scientific principles.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Qualified candidate will possess an M.S degree in Horticulture/Agronomy Plant Physiology, or related field. 
  • Four (4) to ten (10) years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must be able to travel frequently.


The ideal candidate also brings the following:

  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Supports organization's mission, vision, goals, values, and culture and desires to communicate it with others; Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.
  • Professionalism - Maintains the company's excellent image and reputation; Speaks positively of the company and our employees, clients, vendors, and professional associates; Keeps commitments; Serves the needs of the           company's clients directly or by supporting other employees; Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well     under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.
  • Communication Skills - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Actively participates in meetings; Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Presents numerical data effectively; Is able to read and interpret written information.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Delegation - Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
  • Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies  feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time

Sierra Cascade Nursery, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive compensation and benefits package including affordable health/dental/vision care, life insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, and significant bonus opportunity.

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