Seed Storage Specialist

Seed Co Malawi Limited

Seed Co Malawi Limited is inviting interested applicants to fill the above position.

Reporting to the Operations Executive, the Seed Storage Specialist shall play a critical role in ensuring the proper preservation, management, and utilization of seeds.


Degree in Agriculture with specialisation in Seed Sciences, or equivalent qualifications.


Minimum of 7 years’ experience as a Seed Storage Specialist in an entity that handles over 10,000mt of seeds per annum.


The candidates should have competencies in the following areas;

  1. Seed Biology and Physiology: Understanding of seed biology, including factors affecting seed viability, dormancy, and longevity, as well as physiological processes such as respiration and aging.
  2. Seed Handling and Storage Techniques: Proficiency in proper handling, storage, and preservation techniques to maintain seed quality, including knowledge of optimal storage conditions (temperature, humidity, and ventilation), packaging methods, and pest management strategies.
  3. Quality Control and Assurance: Ability to monitor and assess seed quality through regular inspections, germination tests, and other quality control measures to ensure adherence to industry standards and regulatory requirements.
  4. Inventory Management: Skills in inventory tracking, record-keeping, and database management to accurately catalogue and manage seed stocks, including batch numbers, expiration dates, and storage locations.
  5. Pest and Pathogen Management: Knowledge of common seed pests, pathogens, and contaminants, as well as integrated pest management strategies to prevent infestations and maintain seed health during storage.
  6. Equipment Operation and Maintenance: Competence in operating and maintaining seed storage equipment, such as climate-controlled chambers, refrigeration units, and monitoring devices, to ensure proper functionality and performance.
  7. Safety and Compliance: Understanding of safety protocols and regulations related to seed storage operations, including handling hazardous materials, managing chemical substances, and ensuring compliance with environmental and occupational health standards.
  8. Continuous Improvement: Commitment to ongoing learning and professional development to stay updated on advances in seed storage technology, best practices, and industry standards, and to continuously improve processes and procedures.
  9. Teamwork and Collaboration: Capacity to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams, including researchers, breeders, agronomists, and seed production specialists, to coordinate seed storage activities and support broader organizational goals.

The ideal person should have the following attributes:

  • Technical expertise in seed care
  • Attention to detail,
  • Problem-solving abilities, and
  • A strong commitment to conservation

Interested candidates should email their applications and CVs to:

The Managing Director
Seed Co Malawi Limited,
P/Bag 421, Lilongwe 4.

Or email to:

Closing date for receiving the letters is Friday, 12th April, 2024 and only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.