UPL ltd

Efficacy Specialist (Cesena, Italy)

UPL ltd

Sep 6th, 2022
UPL Ltd. (NSE: UPL & BSE: 512070) is a global provider of sustainable agriculture products & solutions, with annual revenue exceeding $5 billion. As one of the top 5 agriculture solutions companies worldwide, our robust portfolio consists of biologicals and traditional crop protection solutions with more than 13,600 registrations. With a presence in more than 130 countries and more than 10,000 colleagues globally, we reach more than 90% of the world’s food basket. For more information about our integrated portfolio of solutions across the food value chain including seeds, post-harvest, as well as physical and digital services.

Efficacy Specialist (Cesena, Italy)

Job Id: 5802

City: Cesena, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Department: Regulatory

Function: Regulatory, Research and Development

Employee Type: Permanent Full Time

Seniority Level: Not Applicable


About UPL

UPL is a leader in global food systems and with the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience, is now one of the top 5 agricultural solutions companies worldwide. With revenue of US$5 billion, UPL has presence in 130 countries. With market access to 90 percent of world’s food basket and focused on high-growth regions, UPL represents a compelling value proposition for growers, distributors, suppliers and innovation partners in a consolidating market. UPL offers an integrated portfolio of both patented and post-patent agricultural solutions for various arable and specialty crops, including biological, crop protection, seed treatment and post-harvest solutions covering the entire crop value chain.

Main mission

To define, plan and execute regulatory efficacy and selectivity trials across EU27+UK for plant protection products (conventional and biocontrol) and biostimulants


  • Dimension: EU27 + UK
  • Objectives of the job: Successful data generation to support the registration of plant protection products and biostimulants in EU, in full compliance with regulations and within budget

Position in the organization chart

  • Report to: Product Development Manager
  • In contact with BAD specialists, Regional Regulatory Managers, Regional Marketing Managers, Sampling, Country Development and Regulatory Managers

Job expectations


  • Define the regulatory efficacy strategy of projects under responsibility, alongside cost, risk and timeline
  • Establish protocols, select and manage CROs, distribute and co-ordinate regulatory trials to CROs throughout EU27+UK, manage samples, present projects data summary, report and archive
  • Manage and produce data to be used in Biological Assessment Dossiers to support the agreed product strategy
  • Assist to answer questions on efficacy regulatory trials from Regulators within precise deadlines
  • Set standards for protocols, reports and data formats ensuring they comply with EPPO guidelines
  • Assess scientific / biological data for each product within each country and identify data gaps for the production of Biological Assessment Dossiers and notify these requirements to the appropriate Product Development Manager
  • Identify and interpret changes to the efficacy regulations and recommend strategies to encompass them in day-to-day operations
  • Ensure all work is economically justified and manage approved budget ensuring short fallings or under spend are recognized and reported to management
  • Provide regular updates to Product Development Manager, Project Team and RD head
  • Be an active member of the group, providing guidance and mentoring to the junior members. Contribute to the maintenance of a biological database for efficient data processing in main regulatory formats
  • Collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines and functional groups
  • Attend and contribute to category family meetings
  • Contribute to early project phases discussions to accelerate and optimize transition to Capex phase
  • Provide audit and guidance to contract research organizations
  • Contribute to develop processes and tools to increase the performance of the department

Key competencies required for the role

  • Deep knowledge of EPPO guidelines
  • Good organization skills and experience of working in multi-disciplinary project teams with the ability to manage simultaneous multiple projects to deadline
  • Broad range of experience in biological efficacy testing in greenhouses and field situations across all product disciplines – main focus herbicides & fungicides
  • An experience in biosolutions would be a plus (biocontrol / biostimulant)
  • Ability to understand, interpret and assess biological data to review trial reports and BADs
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Collaborative and team building skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong experience with ARM and ARM ST software. Computer literacy for the use of MSOffice software.
  • A sound knowledge of agronomy, crop protection practices and understanding of plant protection products
  • Familiarity with quality systems such as GEP and with countries requirements for trials set up (import permits…)

Expertise applied (i.e. job requirements reeducation, background, languages…)

  • 5-10 years industry or contractor experience
  • Agronomist or similar (BSc, equivalent or higher)
  • English (CEFR B2, equivalent or higher)

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