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At STK you have the opportunity to be part of a culture where we value collaboration and individual initiative. It’s a company where creativity and responsibility are encouraged. Our team members have the potential to gain international exposure working alongside colleagues from over 30 countries worldwide. Join us in our efforts to deliver better food products to market.

Global IT Manager

A biotech company that is a global leader in its field is seeking a Global IT Manager to work in a dynamic, multicultural and innovative environment.

The company is looking for a Global IT Manager with a robust applicative background and experience in assimilating a global SAP system. The position is suitable for an applications manager with experience in implementing a global SAP system, with the skills required to manage the Information and Technology Systems Department.

Please send CV to: nir@stk-ag.com

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership in implementing Global SAP B1 in approximately 10 countries together with local SAP partners. Learning, characterization and documentation of the organization’s needs, defining the system that will answer the required characterization and assimilation according to the characterization book.
  • Management of the Information and technology (IT) Systems Department Including: System (infrastructure and communications), work plan and annual budget, work procedures and control.
  • Global IT manager will report directly to the COO.
  • This job requires international travel as needed and working with countries in Asia and South America.
  • Lead and manage 1-2 employees and external contractors.

Knowledge and experience:

  • 5 years of experience in implementation of a global ERP system
  • Experience in implementation of a SAP ERP system (SAP B1)
  • Familiarity with the Qlik View system or other BI systems – an advantage
  • SQL Query writing capabilities – an advantage
  • Familiarity with business processes: inventory, procurement, sales, finance and budget
  • Knowledge in SharePoint – an advantage

Skills and capabilities:

  • Hands on
  • Ability to work with end users at various levels in the organization in Israel and abroad
  • Fluent English
  • Spanish or Portuguese – a significant advantage

Development Manager – Central America - Guatemala and Costa Rica

We are looking for a strategic Regional Development Manager to join our team in Central America. Responsible for leading the product development of our botanical based solutions (BBS) portfolio in the region, working with colleagues from STK commercial department, third party research suppliers as well as distributors and end users.
In this role, you will collaborate closely with and support the STK Central America commercial team to build technical understanding of our portfolio. Reporting directly to the Regional Manager, and indirectly to STK Headquarters Development department, you will promote our portfolio of BBS to clients, (farmers, growers, end-users) in close liaison with our local distributors. You will maintain and develop profitable customer relationships while helping STK achieve its sales objectives within the defined sales geography.

Please send CV to: gcorrales@stk-ag.com

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Technical developing and implementing of existing and new Botanical Based Solution in the region.
  • Manage sample product within established guidelines and policies.
  • Function as the technical face of STK to our distributors and their growers, as well as many other market influencers and industry partners
  • Work closely with regulatory manager
  • Assist Regional Manager with technical, market and competition analysis as requested.
  • Follow and promote all company policies and product requirements for safety and regulation.
  • Manage and maintain travel expenses within established budget(s) and per established company expense policies.

Competencies:

  • Strong technical knowledge in fungicides, including competitive products and their positioning. Botanical/biological products experience will be considered as a plus.
  • Expert knowledge of product development processes, and familiar with marketing and sales processes.
  • knowledge about how to build field trial protocol for development and for registration.
  • Practical understanding of the agricultural market place of Central America.
  • Experience on product(s) or project management.
  • Experience working with sales and marketing organizations.
  • Product Technical Management and Product Development experience in developing products in the agricultural sector.
  • Strong understanding of agriculture practices in Central America relating to crops like bananas, rice, coffee, vegetables, cacao, peanuts, pineapple, and tobacco.
  • Proven ability to influence product recommendations at both the grower and retail distribution levels.
  • Strong communication and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience managing time and expenses
  • Availability and willingness to travel abroad as needed – at least 40% of the time
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, and valid passport.
  • Resident in Costa Rica or Guatemala.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Preferably BA/BS or MSc in Agriculture, Agribusiness, or Ag Science related field. Experience in development sales of agrochemicals or crop protection chemicals preferred.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in crop protection industry and Central America Agricultural market.

Work Environment:

  • This job operates in both business settings and a production agricultural environment. Office and administrative duties for this position will be required at least once a week.

Position Type/Schedule:

  • This is a full-time exempt position Monday through Friday. Occasional weekend days may be required associated with conventions, trade show and as field requirements dictate.
  • Travel (40%) within the territory is expected for this position.

Assistant Controller

STK a biotech company that is global leader in its field is looking for an Assistant Controller to join the Finance Team in the Israeli HQ. The assistant controller will work in a dynamic, multicultural and innovative environment and will report to Director of Finance. With activities and product registrations in over 30 countries, STK is an enabler in the global sustainable agriculture movement, offering solutions for food protection challenges.

Please send CV to: hr@stk-ag.com

Responsibilities:

  • General accounting – GL maintenance, reconciliations, monthly quarterly and annual closing processes
  • Managing all the organization’s accounting operations and transactions.
  • Comprehensive supervision of accounting operations, including all the company’s cash flows: payment to suppliers and issuance of invoices, collection of debts, recording changes in inventory, and all other accounting transactions
  • Working with subsidiaries abroad
  • Conduct Inventory & sales analyses (including for consolidation) together with Sales & operation mangers
  • Subsidiaries reconciliations supervision
  • AR credit follow-up–Bank guarantees
  • Subsidiary support in SB1 implementation and auto connections of SB1 to Financial reporting modules

Requirements:

  • CPA with 1-2 years of experience
  • Familiarity with SB1 (SAP) software – an advantage
  • Experience in a productive company /global company – an advantage
  • Familiarity and work experience with Excel – compulsory
  • English proficiency – high level
  • Spanish speaker – an advantage
  • High level of service orientation
  • Ability to work independently
  • Teamworking skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Orderly and organized
  • Hands on
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STK REGEV® ‘Hybrid’ fungicide, now registered in Argentina!

September 10th, 2018 (Petach Tikva, Israel) – STK bio-ag technologies, the innovative Israeli-based leader in bio-ag technologies for sustainable crop protection and aquaculture, is announcing that its ‘hybrid’ fungicide STK REGEV® is now registered in Argentina for peanuts, with future label extensions on potatoes, wine grapes, tomatoes, peppers, blueberries and tobacco. STK REGEV® protects and heals a variety of diseases, including Cercospora Arachidicola (early leaf spot), Cercosporidium Personatum (late leaf spot) for peanuts, Powdery mildew, Alternaria, Rust and Botritis for other crops. STK REGEV® is the world first foliar ‘hybrid’ fungicide, and is currently used successfully in ten countries in various regions of the world, with plans for global expansion in 2019. STK REGEV® is a ready to use fungicide, used exactly as other fungicides, but with the added benefits of reduced chemical residues and much better resistance management due to its highly complex formulation of Tea Tree Oil and Difenoconazole. This ready to use fungicide serves as a ‘bridge’, enabling farmers who have never used any biological product to try one, without having to mix, rotate or do anything different, thereby expanding the use of biologicals products for sustainable agriculture. Field test data has shown STK REGEV® performs as well or better than solo chemical leader market fungicides. Only with REGEV®, farmers will realize all the benefits of lower chemical load, reduced chemical residues and having a new tool for resistance management. According to STK Argentina’s country manager Mariano Laurencena, STK REGEV® is going to be distributed exclusively by SummitAgro. STK is also happy to answer questions directly on TIMOREX GOLD®, STK’s botanical-based bio fungicide, which Argentinean and other farmers throughout Latin America have been using with great success for many years on about 15 different crops. About STK Founded in 1994, STK is a bio-ag technology company, committed to food protection from field to fork. Our botanical-based solutions (BBS), a synergy of cutting-edge scientific research and technology, enhance the safety, yield and quality of multiple crops. STK helps growers, food companies and supermarkets deliver healthier and safer food to market. Our botanical and hybrid solutions are easily integrated into conventional spraying programs, helping to advance the Integrated Pest Management approach to food production. STK’s flagship product Timorex Gold® is used to control a broad spectrum of diseases in diverse crops. The product demonstrates an efficacy equivalent to chemical fungicides and is suitable to be used in conventional and organic agriculture. Timorex Gold® is registered and sold in over 30 countries.

Effective solution for avocado disease found

Shay Shaanan, STK Bio-Ag Technologies This is according to Shay Shaanan, the company’s Vice President of Research and Development. “In collaboration with the growers, we found a very effective solution for this disease, using Timorex Gold®.” Timorex Gold® is a broad-spectrum, botanical-based fungicide that can be used for many different crops or diseases. “Here, we are talking about Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, and Peru. We are still in the process of registering this solution in Chile. It looks like avocado is becoming the next big crop for us. Avocado is the new banana”, says Shay. “We are constantly developing new applications for the product because it has many modes of action.” Shay explains why Timorex Gold® is so versatile. “It is made from the extract of the Australian tea tree. This extract contains various molecules. Each molecule has a different function. Basically, Timorex Gold® is a product that can be used in many different ways. It counters many different diseases and has different effects on different plants.” Interesting finding in banana plants He goes on to say that they have learned from the banana growers in Brazil that Timorex Gold® affects their trees’ roots when sprayed directly onto the tree’s leaves. According to Shay, this combats Fusarium disease, which affects the roots of the banana tree. “This is very interesting.” “We know that Timorex Gold® molecules penetrate the plant, but not moving systemically down to the roots . Spraying the tree’s leaves with this product dramatically influences its roots and the entire plant. We are researching exactly how this happens, but we now know that Timorex Gold® has another good attribute.” The benefit of using Timorex Gold® is also being recognised further down the food chain. One of the international supermarket chains in Brazil has introduced a high taste and quality category, requiring that produce have no chemical residue and pass labor and environmental audits. Bananas treated with Timorex Gold® have qualified for this program and have received the taste and quality label. The use of Timorex Gold® has been reauthorised in Chile until 2022 and has been expanded to include other fruits & vegetables. It has been approved in China, Brazil, and just about every US state. Expanding quickly Shay goes on to say that STK is growing very fast, with its technologies expanding geographically. “There have been so many new developments with Timorex Gold®, Aviv®, REGEV ™, and partnerships in the last six months or so”. This company is one of a handful that focuses on developing botanically-based pesticide solutions. One of these partnership deals for Timorex Gold® is with BASF, the largest chemical producer in the world. “Our strategy is based on this kind of cooperation”, says Shay. “We see the benefits of this from two angles. Firstly, these large companies have access to the big markets. They can usually offer our product better than us because of the army of salespeople that they have at their disposal.” “The other angle is that we are developing new lines of biopesticides based on mixing biological and soft chemical solutions. In order to develop these new products, we need to cooperate with large multinational companies to get access to their data packages in various countries. This is the most costly part of trying to register new solutions on the market, especially in Europe and the US.” Shay adds that Europe is a much a tougher market to penetrate than the United States. “It takes much longer, and the costs are much higher”, he says. “European farmers will not use unregistered products. We are working hard to get Timorex Gold® onto the European market. We have submitted a registration, which should be completed in 2021. This is only in two years time, but in our industry two years is like tomorrow.” AVIV ‘Low Dose’ Bacillus subtilis biofungicide Another well-known STK Bio-Ag Technologies product in the US is AVIV®. AVIV® is an advanced microbial solution, a low-dose fungicide that contains Bacillus subtilis”, says Shay. “You only use a very small fraction compared to other well-known similar products. This is a big advantage.” Shay continues, “The strain of Bacillus in AVIV® as is also much more efficient, so you need much less in order to get the same efficacy.” “It is much easier for the farmer to use”, says Shay. “The very friendly and clear formulation makes the difference. This product is selling well, especially in the USA.” AVIV has recently been approved for use in California and 26 other American states. “Things are progressing ahead of schedule”, says Shay. Hybrid Fungicide: REGEV® REGEV™ is STK Bio-Ag Technologies’ first hybrid. “It is a completely new solution on the market”, Shay says. “We call it a bridge. We believe that this is a nice link for us to reach conventional farmers. These farmers are feeling pressured into using more environmentally-friendly solutions. They are hesitant to go all out in using purely biological products. These are usually not as efficient as the chemical pesticides.” “Once you tell them REGEV™is a mixture of a biological fungicide with a chemical they know,” he continues to say, “it makes it much easier for them to use it. In many cases, this solution performs better than the chemical solutions they are familiar with. At the end of the day, they reduce the amount of chemical they use dramatically. It is also very versatile when it comes to which crops it can be used on. In each country, different crops respond well to this product.” “REGEV™ solves a big problem”, adds Shay. “The use of bio-pesticides is growing at an average of annual rate of something like 15 - 20 %. In contrast, synthetic pesticide usage is only increasing by three per cent year-on-year. Yet, most growers are still not using any biologicals. Why is this?” He says REGEV™ addresses this issue. “It is a premix, so the farmer does not have to mix anything, and they do not have to do rotations between bio-pesticides and conventional pesticides. So, the grower can use REGEV in exactly the same way he used his chemical pesticide. Only now, with REGEV™, the farmer gets to participate in this biological revolution and gets to have a more sustainable profile. He also has a new product with which manage crop disease resistance.” Hybrid Technology at LATAM BioControl Conference Shay says the company has great faith in this product. “We can see how fast the farmers and industry are accepting this product. That is why there several new hybrid solutions in the pipeline. We have many interesting, attractive developments in the works.” Jose Antonio Estevez, STK Bio-Ag Technologies’Colombia Country Manager, will be doing a presentation about its ‘hybrid technology’ at the upcoming LATAM BioControl Conference. This is the largest international event dedicated to biocontrol in Latin America. It is to be held on 14 November in Medellin, Colombia. Publication date : 9/6/2018 Author: © FreshPlaza.com