The Scientist (Entomology) will work in support of a diverse insect control portfolio. This position directs the conduct of biological research focused on the control of insect and pests of the home and lawn environments (Urban) in support of EPA and state registrations, potential partnership or acquisitions, competitive analysis and cost-out initiatives. It is vital that the incumbent possess a working knowledge of experimental design and analysis, report writing, synthetic and natural insecticide modes-of-action, toxicology and formulations. A strong scientific curiosity, excellent communication skills, initiative and independence are also essential characteristics. The Scientist will develop strong partnerships with cross-functional experts in R&D, marketing, regulatory, sourcing, and manufacturing, to foster and drive innovation in the controls segment. A deep understanding of the consumer home & gardening landscape is key to success, and controls associates are expected to participate in our business segment, as a hands-on consumer, and a hands-on researcher, so that they may develop keen insights that contribute to the commercialization of novel home & gardening products. This position reports directly to the Controls Product Development Manager.
Directs the planning and implementation of field, insectary and greenhouse biological research trials, including trial initiation, data collection, data analysis, and report preparation
Functions as part of a cross-functional team that identifies consumer insect control needs, and then finds or creates solutions to meet the needs.
Helps to build business strategy by providing thought leadership on technology, research, agricultural trends and practices that can be applied to synthetic and natural consumer gardening control products.
Builds and maintains network of external universities, researchers, and industry groups.
Leads the assessment of 3rd party technologies, and communicate linkage of the technology to the business needs.
Summarization of trial data to support and recommend product label claims; or in support of new EPA and state registrations.
Practitioner of new product development and innovation including; internal and external collaboration, internal selling, research, ideation, concept development, and commercialization.
Provides expertise in the area of synthetic pesticide evaluation.
Detail orientated with ability to multitask in a dynamic environment where success depends on deep internal and external collaborations.
Experience communicating scientific concepts to senior leadership (including Directors, GM’s, VP’s, COO, CEO and Board Members); outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
Strong ability to influence key stake holders through technical expertise and leadership skills.
Exceptional relationship building / interpersonal skill and the ability to work with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):
Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.
Onsite wellness center which includes: 24,000 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor’s office.
Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)
Beautiful campus and corporate offices designed like a log cabin offering free coffee, chef run cafe and the best crushed ice!
First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and GroPride Network, Scotts Young Professionals.
12 SMG paid holiday days and generous vacation policy.
Ph.D. in Entomology with 1-3 years of industry or post-doctoral experience focused on insect control preferred.
Ph.D. thesis (ABD) focused on the control of insect pests of homes, gardens and lawns also considered.
M.S focused on pest control with multiple years of experience in relevant pest control field also considered
In depth knowledge of entomology, pest management, insect toxicology and insecticide mode- of-action.
Willingness to function as part of a hands-on scientific team.
Willingness to travel for scientific conferences, trade shows, and meetings with collaborators.
Internal Number: R4086
About Scotts Miracle-Gro
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer lawn
and garden products, with a full range of products for professional horticulture as well. Scotts Miracle-
Gro has helped to grow the nearly $7 billion global consumer lawn and garden market through product
innovation, industry-leading advertising efforts and its trusted brands. Scotts is an EEO Employer,
dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free work place.