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Sound is an innovator of bio-inspired chemistry and plant genetics. We leverage natural plant diversity to grow crops more sustainably and create differentiated, nutritious food. Sound is a Series C startup funded by leading investors in food and agriculture such as S2G Ventures, Fall Line Capital, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, Cavallo Ventures and Syngenta Ventures.

We are hiring a​Sales Agronomist​to achieve maximum sales growth through new sales enablement, and high-level customer engagement. This individual will develop and implement agronomy activities to impact retention and maintain long-term retail and grower relationships. The role reports to the Sales Agronomy Manager.

Location: remote with 40% +/-travel.

Responsibilities

  • Provide support and knowledge of Sound products to Sound sales team, growers and retailers
  • Implement regional agronomic engagement plans to support Sound Go to Market plans 
  • Help with agronomy support during planting and harvest seasons to ensure optimal placement of SOURCE to maximize yield and minimize fertilizer waste
  • Maintain and develop close grower and retailer relationships with key customers by providing professional agronomic service 
  • Coordinate technical and marketing activities, such as field days, grower meetings, demonstrations trials and partner trials sites
  • Maintain industry awareness regarding technical developments via networking, personal development and training
  • Ensure grower retention, satisfaction and increased use of our Source product on their acres by advising on use, in-season observations, and end-of-year evaluation
  • Responsible for engaging with agronomic groups that are associated with universities, state/​regional, seed, fertilizer companies and others
  • Assist field development team in implementing trial programs with growers/​retailers to ensure adoption and analysis/​reporting of results

Skills & Experience

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, Ag Business or related discipline
  • 3+ years professional experience in food and agriculture, either with technology/​inputs provider, retail or consulting
  • 2+ years of agronomy retail support or field sales experience, including agronomic support management and direct agronomic experience 
  • Passion for agriculture and understanding of the ag inputs market 
  • Knowledge of digital tools and passion for using them to increase frequency of and quality of engagement with customers
  • Comfort working with and selling to agriculture retailers and leading row crop growers
  • Experience selling and supporting new product lines that create a new market, vs. established categories that are mostly stealing market share
  • Strong working knowledge of Google Suite, Salesforce and/​or other CRM systems 
  • Experience in customer support increasing customer satisfaction, adoption, and retention
  • Comfort in working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment — Sound is a high-growth, VC-backed startup looking for folks who want to create the future of agriculture!

Sound is based in Emeryville, CA and Research Triangle Park, NC, with a number of employees working remotely. We have a mission driven culture and a fast-paced, collaborative work environment. We are looking for someone to join the team who will bring a passion for sustainability along with a deep expertise in the business of food and agriculture.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We seek a diverse pool of applicants and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, Veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to careers-sales@sound.ag