Operations Specialist

The Opportunity (updated April 2022):

ENTRY LEVEL & EXPERIENCED APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION! The scope of responsibilities is variable; training is available for the exceptional applicant who meets other business criteria and expectations.

 

This position is sited in State College, PA. This is NOT a remote work opportunity. The Operations Specialist is expected to fully engage in routine, on-site work and collaboration with the team located at Innovation Park in State College.

If you are excited about the position and feel that you could bring valuable experience to our team, we encourage you to apply right now!

WHO WE ARE:

Croptix headquartered in State College, PA, offers farmers a practical, affordable crop disease screening solution that “sees” the symptoms of plant disease inside of leaves before those symptoms are visible to the human eye and before disease has time to spread. The services leverage advanced analytics coupled with field deployable sensor technology to equip farmers with the tools to diagnose crop disease early and take effective action to reduce losses due to disease. Currently Croptix is focused on providing a service solution to citrus farmers dealing with devastating citrus diseases including citrus HuangLongBing disease, which has no cure and has plagued citrus production globally.

Croptix is growing fast and looking for new team members who are passionate about bringing technology solutions to agriculture to improve and protect our food production. If you are passionate about protecting our food crops, you may be a good fit for our team. We need creative problem solvers with strong project management skills who meet deadlines while working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

WHO YOU ARE:

As the Operations Specialist, you keep the CEO efficient and effective while also keeping every aspect of the business operations humming like a well-oiled machine. You show up for work each day with a “can do” spirit and take pride in owning your job responsibilities. Concentration on the minute details is key while keeping an eye on the big picture. You look forward to tackling the challenges in a growing startup; taking surprises in stride and moving forward in a new or different direction with renewed vigor and determination.​ Ultimately you project the joy of life in your work while assisting and serving others.

What you will do:

With limited direct supervision from the CEO, your responsibilities are diverse and important; they include:

  • Providing high-level administrative support to the CEO

  • Conducting research and helping prepare data and presentations

  • Managing and overseeing special projects

  • Handling sensitive information requests

  • Preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, scheduling travel and meetings, organizing emails, etc. 

  • Promoting effective advertising, marketing, social media, and other public relations activities/materials/programs

  • Solving practical problems in situations where only limited standardization exists

  • Performing other duties as needed to support business initiatives and business development efforts

Requirements to Succeed:

  • Trustworthiness - maintaining confidentiality of critical business issues is a key responsibility

  • Demonstrated success prioritizing and managing work requests from multiple sources and in meeting deadlines; superior time management skills and attention to detail are essential

  • Ability to exercise ethical, prudent judgment and problem-solving in the absence of direct supervision

  • Ability to collaborate and build strong working relationships with others, especially using digital, phone, and video technologies

  • Ability to work independently, learn new skills quickly, and take initiative

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment and to assume personal ownership of business activities and outcomes

Minimum Job Entry Requirements:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license, registered and insured vehicle, and have with the ability to regularly drive locally/regionally to conduct company business. Less frequent, (overnight) national travel may also be required for tradeshows or other business activities; this involves having the ability to travel by air or train.

  • If required by job duties, background checks (criminal/education/employment/ reference/credit) will be performed; results must be satisfactory to the company

  • If hired, must adhere to all company policies and procedures and other prescribed best practices/industry standards

Nice to have:

  • Working knowledge of QuickBooks

  • Advanced-level Excel skills are a definite plus (e.g. V-lookup, pivot tables, etc.)

  • Working knowledge of Kanban management software such as Trello or Asana

  • Working knowledge and regular use of social media platforms

  • 1+ year project management experience a plus, but not required

Why this job works for you:

  • You enjoy the fact that you are improving farming practices to grow more food and feed more people

  • You appreciate the opportunity to contribute and make a significant impact in the company development

  • You delight in working with a collaborative team in a casual work environment

  • You are excited about having additional training opportunities available to enhance your skills and career development

To Apply:

  • Check us out! If you are intrigued by what you learn, we want to hear from you. Tell us why you are interested in this position and your desired salary in the cover letter section of this posting.  Include your resume, answer a few questions, then click submit.  It’s that easy to apply right now!

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full time basis.  This company does not sponsor applicants for work visas.

  • The Company reserves the right to alter, change, modify and/or terminate this job posting at any time without notice, or obligation. No recruiters, please; principal applicants only

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    Croptix is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to careers@croptix.solutions or call 814-808-7056, and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.