Research Manager in Orlando, FL 32803  (Colonial Town Center area)

National Mango Board

SUMMARY:

Under administrative direction from the Director of Research, manages, and engages in research related to mango product development, production, postharvest, sustainability, food safety, and customer demand by market segment and location; applies econometric modeling to test and apply theories; collaborates with other industry experts, representatives, and management team regarding developments and programs; and performs other related work as needed.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

· Manages research programs and gives presentations to cultivate relationships with industry spokespersons, growers, handlers, media representatives and other parties.

· Supervises researchers on a quarterly basis to complete projects within the deadlines.

· Ensure that research reports meet quality standards and business requirements.

· Writes and coordinates the production of printed and electronic research and educational materials.

· Writes and edits executive summaries for research reports.

· Works with industry representatives to gather, compile and research information for the weekly Crop Report and ensure that data provided is complete, accurate and within an approved format prior to posting for use.

· Identify, analyze and interpret data provided by the Foreign Mango Organizations (FMOs) to develop forecast models, crop projections, and trends; identifies additional areas for mining such as volume, shipping and pricing reporting data.

· Works in conjunction with the Director of Research to create, develop and maintain crop web applications for mango.org.

· Assist the Industry Relations Manager with the MaVIS (Mango Volume Inventory System) platform, including onboarding and training program participants, analyzing data, generating reports, and performing related work as needed with the MaVIS platform, including onboarding and training program participants, analyzing data, generating reports, and performing related work as needed; Daily review and processing of the MaVIS data received from participants; checking for inaccuracies and following-up to collect accurate information on a timely basis; provide participants with training and ongoing technical support for MaVIS related issues.

· Supports the Industry Relations Manager with PowerPoint presentations for outreach and extension meetings involving media, industry representatives and other allied industry members.

· Prepares and presents progress reports, agendas and minutes for Board and Research Committee meetings.

· Manages the producers, packers, and exporters’ extension program to provide technical guidance in harvesting and handling practices and quality acceptance standards in the United States.

· Supports the development of articles and communications for monthly email newsletters, annual industry newsletter and content for the research and industry section of the mango.org website.

· Participates in staff meetings, industry meetings, and board meetings, as well as program and administrative duties associated with the Research & Industry Relations Department.

· Available to assist other NMB staff in program areas whenever communication assistance is needed.

· Maintains the mango food safety , sustainability websites, and supplier database.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

· This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required

· Master’s degree or higher in Agricultural Communications, Horticulture, Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Economics, or related field.

· Two or more years of writing, communications, or equivalent experience.

· A background in scientific and research experience related to Horticulture and Agricultural communications.

· Proficiency in the use of Spanish as a second language, including oral and written communications skills is required.

· Analyze and interpret crop production and consumer trend information and reports.

· Ensure NMB imaging and communications are prepared in a consistent format.

· Plan, organize, and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.

· Exercise good judgment and apply effective problem-solving techniques.

· Preparesound recommendations to advance the Research Department goals and objectives.

· Maintain effective relationships with management and staff, board members, growers, handlers, industry organizations and their representatives, contractors, consultants, and vendors.

· Prepare and give presentations.

· Maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.

· Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

· Demonstrate proficiency in using computer hardware and word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, publishing, website, database software applications, and statistical and econometric database software applications.

Desirable

· Industry relations, media, or communications experience involving commodity and not-for-profit organizations. Experience in mango, tropical fruit, or produce industries.

Knowledge of

· Principles of communications, trade and media relations, and use of social media; research methods; customer service practices; agriculture and economics principles; production and post-harvesting practices; product supply and demand principles; econometric principles and measurement tools; crop capacity projections; database management programs; and project management practices.

· The employee must be able to constantly use written and oral communication skills; read, analyze, and interpret industry technical crop and production capacity data and extrapolate consumer demand trends; manage and coordinate programs; use mathematical reasoning; learn and apply new information or new skills; ensure the completion of reports in a timely manner; work under deadlines with constant interruptions; interact effectively with staff, growers and distributors, industry and media representatives, researchers, industry officials, vendors, contractors, and consultants.

COMPETENCIES:

Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures.
Cost consciousness – Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost savings measures; Conserves organizational resources.
Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Shares expertise with others.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:

· Ability to travel both domestic and overseas, work extended hours, attend industry outreach meetings, Board meetings, professional conferences, and educational programs, with as much as 33 % travel.

· A valid Class C driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under NMB vehicle insurance standards.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

· Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity to operate computer hardware and office equipment.

· Frequently required to sit and to occasionally stand and walk to access office areas and meeting locations.

· Occasionally lifts and carries reports, files, and records, typically weighing less than 20 pounds.

· Specific vision requirements include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Other sensory demands include hearing and speaking with others.

· While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Job Type: Full Time

Pay: $80,000.00 – $86,000.00 per year

Benefits:

401(k)
Health insurance
Paid time off
Tuition reimbursement

Schedule:

Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types:

Bonus opportunities

Work Location: In person