Applied Research Manager, Northern District

  • Location: US - Watsonville, California
  • Job Family: Applied Research
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0004928
  • Experience Years: 5-10 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Regular

About the Opportunity

The Applied Research Manager will identify, evaluate, and assist with the development and commercialization of strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and blueberry production solutions developed by Driscoll’s or learned from others to produce maximum profits for growers by decreasing fruit waste, and increasing the yield of delightful fruit for our consumers and customers. It is critical for this position to develop effective relationships with all regional and global stakeholders including researchers, breeders, growers, production management and other supportive Driscoll’s staff. Strong and effective communication, both within Driscoll’s and out to our grower community is paramount. Under direction of the Applied Research and Agronomy Director and matrix reporting to Global Research, this position will coordinate test plots and on farm trials and manage the planting of advanced berry selections to assess adaptability and profitability by collecting data on yield, fruit-quality, disease, or pest resistance, while developing best practices to maximize genetic potential. As part of this process, the Research Manager is responsible to set regional and or global production research priorities and manage the budget and resources necessary to execute the research plan. This position will also be responsible for the effective communication of information and results to all stakeholders, and to coordinate with Agronomy and Production Management to commercialize effective production solutions.


  • Identify, design, establish and manage the research projects aligned with Northern District production region strategic priorities
  • Build and manage operating budgets for Northern District Applied Research program
  • Partner with Agronomy and Production teams to organize district end-of-season meetings, test plot tours, and field tours to extend and share knowledge
  • Report key results in Research Reports, Cultivar Production Guides, Best Practices or a summarized format throughout Driscoll’s and to the grower’s community
  • Using input from District and Business stakeholders, set regional production research priorities
  • Design test-plot and on-farm trials to achieve prioritized goals. Ensure proper labeling and maintenance of test plots to guarantee the quality and accuracy of the data
  • Collaborate on common projects that strengthen the network of Applied Research throughout the Driscoll’s of the Americas, as well as throughout Driscoll’s Global Applied Research Network
  • Develop cross-functional partnerships with Product Quality, Production Management, Global Applied Research, Breeding, Growers, and the Nursery to accomplish goals
  • Follow Company policies and practices while representing Driscoll’s in an ethical and business-like manner in all interactions with employees, governmental agencies, growers, customers, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned*
  • *This job description is intended to describe the general nature of the work performed by employees in this job.  It is not an exhaustive list of all the job's responsibilities.  At Driscoll’s, all of our jobs include broad responsibilities for continually improving the processes we use to develop our products.

Candidate Profile

  • M.S. Degree in Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Breeding, Plant Physiology or a related field and experience in agricultural or biological research
  • 8 – 10 years research or closely related experience. Must have experience developing research protocols, experimental design and analysis, and possess foundational agronomic skillsets required to identify opportunities and challenges
  • People management experience is desired as well as data management using handheld field computers and the necessary software applications including statistical analysis (JMP, SAS, or similar)
  • Must be physically able to work in both field and laboratory settings and be able to lift 30 pounds
  • Regular travel throughout the Region and occasional travel to other regions, both US and abroad, is required
  • Should be detail and result-oriented, have effective verbal and written skills, good organizational, and analytical ability
  • Must be a self-starter, have the ability to work independently and work well with growers, team members, field workers, and management, and be available to work extended hours when requested
  • Bilingual Spanish-English desired but not required
  • California driver’s license and the ability to be covered under company-sponsored vehicle insurance program are also required
  • A valid passport and the ability to travel internationally without restrictions are also required

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.

Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.