Jessica Head (Economically active)
Reference number: A-0132
Preferred Geographical Work Area:
I would be available:
2 weeks notice
My Career Aspirations:
I am a BSc(Agric) Plant Pathology graduate from the University of Pretoria.
I have been working in the Agricultural sector of a lime distribution company as an Agricultural Sales Administrator and Consultant since 11 September 2017. I am currently on contract.
I am looking for a position more in line with what I have studied in the a research and development sector.
I have some sales knowledge coupled with my degree.
Summary of Work Experience:
Idwala Industrial Holdings (Pty) Ltd (Current 5 month contract September 2017– January 2018)
· Sourcing new leads and making initial contact with prospective clients
· Drawing up of quotes, taking orders and issuing proforma invoices
· Follow ups and correspondence with clients
· Tracking of order and payment progress
· Receiving and tracking invoices from clients
· Opening of client accounts in JDEdwards
· Co-ordinate the implementation marketing ideas and Sales strategies, liaising with IT Department for implementation and maintenance thereof (Social Media: Write-ups of promotional documents, designing and implementation of mail broadcast package campaign)
· Assisting field agents, including maintaining a logbook of their activity, drawing up of reports, following up with prospective clients
· Provide technical and sales support for sales teams
· Booking of all individual travel arrangements, conferences and events
· Assisting with the compiling of marketing reports, including use of PDF SAM
· Dealing with customer complaints and recourse
· Completed course in Competition Law
· Determination and updating of customer forecast
Part‐time at Print Junction (2010‐2017)
· Reception duties, switchboard, messages and customer queries
· Updating Excel spreadsheets for digital and litho costing
· Filing and organization of work tickets and related documents and samples
· Assisted in the finishing department when needed
· Assisted in the DTP department with basic layouts and proofing in Corel Draw
· Sales Representative sourcing new leads, through business directories, referrals, and the internet. Making cold calls, visiting customers in the field, promoting specials and company services
· Setting up appointments for demonstrations and evaluation of job specifications.
· Keeping a call schedule of all new and existing customers and following up at regular intervals, either telephonically, by email or a physical visit
· Following up on all quotes and orders in progress and communicating with the customer
Waitressed at Ambrossia Café part-time (2011-2012)
Education & Achievements Summary:
BSc(Agric) Plant Pathology (4 Year degree)
Graduation Ceremony 2 May 2017
Final year project: Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense: Survival in fallow soil.
This project consisted of running a trial in three different temperature controlled environments which were subdivided into three different soil types with two moisture regimes for each.
I inoculated the soil with the bacterial suspension and documented the survival period of the Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense over a period of 7 months within the controlled environmental conditions. Serial dilutions of the soil samples were done in order to streak out on specialized media at regular intervals to determine bacterial concentrations.
PCR’s were performed to identify the bacteria present. When the bacteria could no longer be detected potato tubers were planted in the soil to determine if the bacteria, although not detectable, were still virulent. The Entomology department assisted with the identification of maggots of a gnat that was present in the compost. The maggots were used in a pilot trial to determine a possible vector for the bacteria being studied.
Experience Gained Whilst Studying (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)
· Extensive knowledge (theoretical and practical) regarding aspects of soil science, plant science, plant pathology, crop science and microbiology were gained. Subjects including: Plant Physiology and Biotechnology, Plant Pathology (Current concepts, Plant disease control, Theoretic knowledge of multiple pathogen types), Microbiology (Virology, Bacteriology and Mycology), Applied entomology, Disease Epidemiology, Experimental Design and Analysis, Soil science
· Undergraduate and postgraduate studies included in field sampling performed on both farms and at packhouses in the Gauteng Region, including identifying pathogens in the field and postharvest pathogens at fresh produce markets
· Conducting various field trials both in the field, and in the greenhouse, convirons and cold storage facilities
· Graphical and statistical analysis of all experimental trails was performed and the results were interpreted, explained and presented
· Responsible for the design and layout of greenhouse trials, a Completely Randomised Design was used
· Responsible for morphological identification of pathogens such as black leg and stem rot on potatoes and other crops
· Responsible for inoculation of soil, gathering of samples, serial dilutions, identifying pathogenic bacteria on selective media and monitoring bacterial concentrations
· Responsible for running PCR and preparing samples for sequencing from soil samples and plant material
· Conduct statistical analysis (SPSS, SAS)
· 4 years’ experience in general laboratory work
· Identification of some known soil microbiota (bacteria) and pathogenic bacteria that was isolated and identified using morphological traits
· Scientific report writing played an essential role throughout my under and postgraduate studies
· Presentation of results to peers and superiors
· Ran pilot trials in collaboration with entomology department on maggots found in compost to determine possible vector of bacteria studied
· Perform field and greenhouse trials on maize, soybean and Conyza weed species
· Responsible for the administration of various herbicides under controlled conditions as well as the study of their effects
· Conduct field and green house trials on roundup ready and non-roundup ready maize as well as soybean crops. These plants were all subjected to different glyphosate treatments and affects recorded.
· Study the physical and physiological effects of different factors on plant health and growth, such as applied glyphosate concentration and time after treatment
· Conduct concentration and time response studies
· Performed Phytotoxicity studies i.e. to study the physical and physiological effects of a herbicide on crops and weeds
· Assisted a Masters student conducting a trial to determine possible alternative hosts for pathogen on crops such as Maize, Sorghum, and potato
· Tutored and mentored an undergraduate student
· Pilot project on growing baby spinach involving study of pest damage and pathogen attack (Leaf spot), treatment, and subsequent harvesting
· Assisted with organisation of Department events and occasions additional to studies
Additional Voluntary Modules
Vegetable crop sciences
Additional Final Year Experience
Lab assistant to Masters Student at University of Pretoria (2015)
· Assisted in experimental design and set up
· Assisted with basic running of experiments and laboratory work
Reference number: A-0132
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