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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.

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.

Subsidiaries Controller

STK is a bio-ag technology company that empowers growers around the globe with botanical-based solutions that meet the challenges of plant protection and sustainable agriculture.

We are looking for a subsidiaries controller to join the finance team in the company’s Israeli HQ. The subsidiaries controller will work in a dynamic, multicultural and innovative environment, mainly in the Americas.

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

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the monthly, quarterly and annual financial closing processes and the reporting of the subsidiaries.
  • Develop, implement and ensure timely and accurate reporting in accordance with IFRS in the subsidiaries.
  • Develop, implement and ensure compliance with accounting policies and procedures in the subsidiaries.
  • Support the statutory requirements, tax reports and cash flows in the subsidiaries

Requirements:

  • CPA with Big 4 accounting firm experience
  • 2-4 years of experience in a multinational organization
  • Knowledge of Spanish – Advantage
  • Excellent English skills
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Experience working with ERP systems (SAP advantage)
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Ability to handle end-to-end responsibilities
  • Team player
  • Well-developed communication skills for dealing with different people in the organization
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Combining the powers of biological agents and synthetic chemistries

As a leader in biopesticides innovation, STK Bio-ag Technologies (formerly Stockton) is pioneering a new generation of ‘hybrid pest control’ products that combine the powers of biological agents and synthetic chemistries, and which may present a new era in pest control. With recent partnership agreements with industry giants such as BASF, Syngenta and Seipasa, this seemed like a great time for Chemicals Knowledge to catch up with STK’s Chief Scientist, Professor Moshe Reuveni. STK seems to be in a great place right now! How have the values and mission of the company led you here? STK was founded and is headquartered in Israel, the ‘innovation nation’! Innovation and sustainable agriculture are in our DNA, and we are committed to the values of sustainable agriculture – from field to fork. This stems from our main mission to provide premium, highly effective products, with low chemical residues and novel and unique mechanisms of action (MOA). We also aim to provide additional yield benefits, and to ensure that our products are flexible and easy to apply, and chemically compatible with many other active ingredients. What are the main benefits of biopesticides? There are many advantages. Biopesticides come from nature – they may be plant extracts, like Timorex Gold, which effectively ruptures pathogen cells (Figure 1), or bacteriological, like Aviv, a powerful Bacillus subtilis requiring less than half the dosage of other biopesticides. In any case, biopesticides contain no synthetic chemicals. They are produced from renewable sources, and they leave minimal crop residue, making crops treated with biopesticides much more competitive in domestic and international markets. Regulators, consumers and retail supermarkets all want to reduce the chemical residue on their produce. The selectivity of biopesticides, which target only their natural enemies, also helps to maintain beneficial insect and mite populations, ensure worker safety and promote environmental safety. Today’s biopesticides are as effective – or even more effective – than synthetic chemical pesticides, in terms of crop protection and increasing yields. Furthermore, biopesticides are an important weapon in managing pesticide resistance. They can help reduce the selection pressure for the evolution of resistance to synthetic pesticides, and the risk of pests and pathogens developing resistance to biopesticides is low, especially as these agents often have multiple modes of action. Switzerland recently announced that it is considering a total ban of synthetic pesticides – do you think it is feasible to have a world free of synthetics? The world’s population is expected to grow from the current 7 billion people to 9 billion people by 2050. In order to feed all of these people and avoid mass starvation, mankind will need to double crop yields globally. This is a tall order, and to achieve this, growers will need effective tools for combating diseases – we think this will need to include biopesticides and synthetic chemical pesticides; or hybrid technologies that combine the two. The use of biopesticides is forecast to grow by 15% to 20% annually for the foreseeable future, while synthetic chemical use is predicted to grow at a slower annual rate of 3%. If those growth rates are maintained, eventually we will be in a situation where more biopesticides than synthetic pesticides are being used. We think this will be a good situation to be in, for the many reasons discussed above, but we still see a continued need for good synthetic pesticides. Can you tell us more about ‘hybrid’ technologies and how they expect to encourage uptake of biological agents? STK has introduced the world’s first ‘hybrid’ pesticide, Regev – the ‘pre-mix’ of a synthetic pesticide with a botanical-based biopesticide. Specifically, it combined a Tea Tree botanical extract and difenoconazole in an easy-to-use formulation. The combination of a natural product with broad-spectrum activity and a traditional site-specific synthetic provides growers with the different modes of action of a botanical-based active ingredient and an effective chemical pesticide. The hybrid combination results in a reduced synthetic chemical load on the environment, compared with other traditional mixtures based on two synthetic chemicals. Regev is an effective and unique tool for resistance management, and it is clearly suitable for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs. This product is also a bridge for growers who have never previously tried a biopesticide. These growers can use Regev in exactly the same way as their current chemical pesticide: no mixing, no rotating, easy-to-use… and with the benefits of lowering chemical residues, improved resistance management and yield growth. Regev will accelerate the uptake of biological products by making it easy. Historically, biopesticides have been used largely on high-value crops, such as fruits and vegetables, but hybrids like Regev are not only being used on fruits and vegetables, but have proven to be a cost-effective approach for row crops like soy beans, and field and broad acre crops like corn. Regev is already being used in 10 countries throughout Latin America, Israel, Serbia and the Philippines. Plans for 2019 call for the global rollout of REGEV. How are you working with global majors to encourage global distribution of these technologies? To accelerate the distribution of STK’s biological technologies for sustainable agriculture, we have entered into partnerships with various companies . In Brazil, Timorex Gold botanical-based biofungicide is co-distributed by both STK and BASF, which is proving to be very effective in this very large country. In the US, Aviv, our low-dose Bacillus subtilis biofungicide, is distributed by Syngenta. Not all of our distributors are the global majors, and STK is always open to partnerships with companies large, medium and small. What’s next for STK? Beyond the continuing geographic distribution of Timorex Gold, Regev and Aviv, STK has a powerful pipeline of new biological products to provide new tools to help growers reach the goal of doubling their yields by 2050. This pipeline includes new biopesticides based either on powerful natural plant molecules or plant extracts to be used as bio-fungicides or bio-insecticides. In addition, new hybrids combining natural active ingredients and reliable synthetic active chemicals, to be used on wide range of crops and pathogens, are under development. Interview with: Professor Moshe Reuveni, Chief Scientist at STK bio-ag technologies, Ha’Mefalsim St 17, POB 3517, Petach Tikva 4951447, Israel