Field Development Representative

Department:  Research and Development
Date:  Sep 22, 2022

External Overview: 

FMC Corporation is a leading specialty company focused on agricultural technologies. FMC provides innovative and cost-effective solutions to enhance crop yield and quality by controlling a broad spectrum of insects, weeds and disease, as well as in non-agricultural markets for pest control.


FMC is a globally diverse organization that offers its employees exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects that are important to the achievement of our strategic objectives. Your education and professional experience are valued and put to use from day one. Your success at completing key initiatives can result in a varied, progressive and fulfilling career with FMC.


With a corporate culture of innovation, integrity, responsibility and customer intimacy, we foster “The Right Chemistry” in everything we do. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets.  If you are ready to make a difference every day, FMC is ready to talk to you.


Function Overview: 

The Field Development Representative (FDR) manages and implements a field-testing program within their specified geographic territory. The FDR is actively involved in a broad range of work activities, spanning early-stage lead optimization and venture qualification research, validation, and commercial product development. The FDR will work to obtain endorsements from university scientists and providing technical information for the launch process. The FDR reports to the Canadian Field Development Manager.



  • Manage outsourced field testing of discovery and commercialization agricultural chemicals in Manitoba and Southern Alberta.
  • Conduct 5-10 high confidence field tests of crop protection chemicals for biological efficacy and crop safety for discovery candidates and commercialization projects.
  • Summarize and communicate results and make recommendations for commercial use
  • Facilitate strong working relationship with Product Development Managers and Project Management teams
  • Ensure that all activities meet local, provincial, and Federal regulations and laws, including safe storage, shipping, handling, and application of PMRA approved and experimental agricultural products
  • Build strong team relationships with key university research specialists and other industry influencers
  • Represent FMC at industry events such as media summits, trade shows and regional and national scientific gatherings
  • Maintain strong technical knowledge of commercial, new chemistries & other technology impacting the business
  • Help train and mentor new employees as our team evolves.
  • Develop action plans and budgets that meet technical and operational objectives while managing time and priorities in an independent work environment
  • Provide input and participate with marketing, sales and tech sales as needed on market intelligence and business opportunities in local territory
  • Develop protocols for both internal and external research trials
  • Travel to third party sites for observations during the research season
  • Collect field research data and enter in corporate database in a timely manner. Responsible for the data quality for all development trials conducted within their specified geographic territory
  • Liaison with Provincial Minor Use Coordinators to support/facilitate PMRA registration of Minor Use Projects.


Required Education:

  • MSc, PhD or equivalent experience (min 5yrs) in technical fields preferably related to pesticides i.e. weed science, entomology, plant pathology, agronomy etc.



  • Working knowledge of disease, insect and weed biology and appropriate field-testing procedures with a high level of technical competency in one or more of these disciplines
  • Strong knowledge of the Pest Control Product Act and its ongoing implementation by PMRA
  • Capable of designing protocols and research projects
  • Experience in the product development cycle for agricultural crop use patterns.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a focus on teamwork and collaborative cooperation
  • Ability to manage time and priorities in an independent work environment
  • Strong organizational analytical, and attention to detail skills
  • Commitment to continually increase breadth and level of scientific knowledge within key agricultural/biological science disciplines
  • Commitment to safe driving practices, chemical handling and use of equipment
  • Experience with ARM or other field trial management software is an asset.
  • Ability to travel approximately 20% of time from their home office base.


EEO Statement: 

FMC employees enjoy competitive compensation, a menu of work/life benefits and opportunities to continue developing their skills and building their career. FMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, gender or disability. FMC supports a drug-free workplace.