Head of Digital Science Technology

  • Syngenta AG
  • Basel, BS, Switzerland
  • 28/09/2020
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Big Data Data Management Statistics

Job Description

Syngenta is a leading science-based agtech company; dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of our 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanity’s most pressing challenges: growing more food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace environment are enablers of our ambition to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture.Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. Through leading innovations, we help farmers around the world meet the challenge of feeding a growing population and taking care of our planet.Our Crop Protection (CP) Research & Development team is currently seeking a Head of Digital Science Technology. In this new role you will:

  • Develop and deliver a vision and strategy for digital science technologies in CP R&D, including opportunities, investments and collaborations to enable scientists to bring business value
  • Ensure that opportunities to use digital science to capture value from R&D data are fully explored and delivered, bringing return on investment and supporting scientists to be more effective with digital science and technologies
  • Be responsible for leading the people and activities of the Digital Science Technology team within the CP R&D Technology & Digital Integration organization
  • Our expected outcome is that R&D is better connected to digital business opportunities across the breadth of Syngenta


  • Define how R&D creates additional business value through technologies to support digital science and utilization of data assets and analytics
  • Responsible for the creation of new digital science capabilities for the business by envisioning and executing strategies that will improve business performance by enabling informed decision making
  • Work with R&D functions, R&D IT and Seeds R&D in order to provide advanced data analytics and modelling systems.
  • Leads and prioritises activities of the Digital Science Technology team (i.e. Digital Science Identification & Evaluation Lead, Data Exploitation Lead, Data Modelling and Analytics Experts) ensuring proper execution of deliverables aligned with the overall R&D digital vision and strategies
  • Through the team, develops innovative and relevant analytical models utilizing contemporary and traditional data mining and analytical techniques, applied to structured and unstructured data sets
  • Drive promotion / education of data science throughout R&D by communicating the vision and use cases for advanced analytics
  • Works in close collaboration with R&D functions, RDIT, data and analytics teams in creating big data applications through the utilization of structured and unstructured data, designing optimal data architecture, and experimenting on new machine learning techniques
  • Maintain awareness of digital trends and dynamics, take initiative and conduct exploratory data analyses and experimental designs

QualificationsCritical knowledge

  • A strong academic foundation in digital or natural sciences to post-graduate level
  • Broad and deep understanding of the use of digital science and exploitation of data in AgTech industries or adjacent industries
  • A good understanding of R&D processes, science and technology in industry
  • Basic knowledge of CP technologies including chemistry, bioscience, biological targets, etc.

Critical experience

  • Experience in working between R&D and IT organizations to be able to match digital science opportunities to the context of R&D innovation
  • Experience of R&D processes in Natural Science industries
  • Experience of developing a technology vision and delivering it through to implementation
  • Experience in leading, motivating and setting direction for a team

Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities

  • Strategic mindset – can see through complexity and find simple ways to bring value
  • Develops and promotes a vision, and is able to translate it to strategic and operational delivery
  • Curious and well-connected outside the company to understand a rapidly changing technology landscape
  • Well connected to CP strategy and R&D priorities of CPLT and R&D leadership teams and functions
  • Able to connect outside R&D to functions and projects that use or contribute data in/out of R&D to bring business value
  • Close and collaborative working with RDIT to align with the global Syngenta data strategy, synergise efforts and focus on where we can bring value

We offer a unique opportunity to work in the digital science transformation and innovation space and facing the challenges of sustainable food supply. We look forward for to your application.Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status
Primary Location: CHE-Basel-BaselOther Locations: GBR-Berkshire-BracknellJob: R&D - Other