Grassland Supply Chain Development Specialist College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences University of Minnesota
Review of Applications will begin March 21, 2020; applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Location:Â TBD - work station to be negotiated with successful candidate.
OVERVIEW:Â The Forever Green Initiative [http://www.forevergreen.umn.edu/] is expanding its accelerator group of dedicated staff that will advance commercialization of selected continuous-living-cover crops and cropping systems for Midwest agriculture, in collaboration with the USDA SASCAP project grassland 2.0-Agroecological Transition to Grassland Agriculture, led by Prof. Randy Jackson (UW-Madison).Â These crops and systems are intended to augment current crop production systems with additional economically-viable crops and associated cropping system that increase the extent and duration of productive vegetation cover in these production systems.Â The FGI Commercialization Accelerator group is advancing commercialization of these crops and systems, working collaboratively and proactively with a wide variety of partners beyond the University to identify and develop end-use markets, associated supply chains, and sustainable business models for these crops and systems.Â The goal of the FGI Accelerator group is to provide the cohesion and strategic focus needed to successfully commercialize these crops and systems, thereby bringing large economic, environmental, and social benefits to Midwest agriculture, rural communities, and society in general.Â The Grassland Supply Chain Development Specialist position is a temporary (four or five-year) full-time position, focusing on the pilot supply chain development objective of the Grassland 2.0 SASCAP project.Â The Specialist will work collaboratively with other members of the GGI Accelerator Group, and with other FGI staff associates and collaborating organizations.
RESPONSIBILITIES:Â The Grassland Supply Chain Development Specialist will organize several pilot supply-chain projects for meat and dairy foods from management-intensive grassland production systems in the Upper Midwest.Â The Specialist will apply, evaluate and refine a working protocol for supply-chain development that aims to develop and implement collective action on supply-chain development by a range of sectors and across a range of scales.Â The goal is to surmount major system barriers that are inhibiting the expansion of grassland agriculture for meat and dairy food production in the Upper Midwest.Â Pursuant to these activities and goals, the Specialist will collaborate closely with other participants in the SASCAP and FGI projects.
Qualifications: Required:Â Bachelor's degree and at least six years of experience.Â Academic training and work experience in relevant fields, including but not limited to supply chain management or supply chain logistics or business administration (minimum of bachelor's degree).Â Knowledge of grassland agriculture production systems and associated supply chains.
Desired:Â Relevant advanced academic training (including but not restricted to M.S. or MPA) extensive work experience with relevant aspects of supply chains, established relationships with relevant supply-chain actors and other partners in supply-chain development, and experience and a track record of success in agricultural research or business.
SALARY:Â Competitive, commensurate with background and level of experience.
APPLICATION:Â Apply through the University of Minnesota online employment system, responding to ID TBD, and include (as a single PDF) a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three professional references.
Academic trianing and work experience in relevant fields, including byt not limited to supply chain management or supply chain logistics or business administration. Knowledge of grassland agriculture production systems and associated supply chains.
Desired - MS or MBA and extensive work experience with relevant aspects of supply chains, established relationships with relevant supply-chain actors and other partners in supply-chain development and experience and a trak record of success in agricultural research or Business.
Internal Number: 336045
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