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Biotech Discovery Portfolio Leader - External Technologies and Enabling Capabilities

Company: Corteva Agriscience
Location: Des Moines
Posted on: May 25, 2023

Job Description:

DescriptionServing on the Corteva Biotechnology Leadership Team, this role is responsible for defining, aligning and leading the Biotech technology and enabling capability strategy. This includes disruptive technology, strategic capability enablement (i.e. gene editing, spatial biology, a.i. and imaging, protein science, etc), and transformational capital investment plants. The leader will be responsible for leading the team of technology program team leaders and Project managers, who will work in tandem with the Biotech functional leaders, laureates, and capability leaders, and the R&D External Innovation team, to ideate, form, and lead transformational technology enabling capability programs. The Biotech Technology and Enabling capability pipeline team will coordinate the process to identify capability needs or opportunities within Biotech, engage and drive collaborations with external partners and functional groups to address these opportunities, manage these as programs to ensure successful execution, and coordinate with the External Innovation R&D function to elevate larger, disruptive technology strategic opportunities for corporate approval. The scope also includes Biotech strategic internal capital initiatives. The group will require seamless coordination with the External Innovation R&D team, providing a pipeline of gaps and opportunitiesfor analysis and external searches (the external innovation group will provide collaboration leads and/or signed agreements for action in the technology and enabling portfolio). The Technology and Enabling Strategy leader will have constant coordination with the External Innovation, Biotech functional teams, and laureate community to develop technology strategies, business cases and ROI analysis to ensure alignment with strategic directives. Responsibilities - What You'll Do:

  • Define, align and lead the Biotech technology and enabling capability strategy, collaborating with the Biotech LT.
  • Search, consolidate, and elevate capabilities needed for the biotech team to advance our discovery and product development strategy
  • Communicate strategy, technical updates and deliver execution presentations to key stakeholders including executive level leadership
  • Collaborate with R&D External innovation team on technical due diligence and business case development of targeted collaborations, external investments.
  • Identification of external partners to fill technology gaps
  • Collaboration with Biotech laureate community to build tech disrupters pipeline
  • Actively participates in professional groups and applies learnings and knowledge to role
  • Engages with external collaborators through meetings and conferences
  • Collaborates with functional team leaders driving technology implementation to address vision and Biotech needs QualificationsEducation and Experience: Ph.D., M.S., or MBA in Biotechnology, Biology, Agribusiness, or Agricultural technology. > 10 years of Experience in industry or public sector biotech research, AgriTech, Startup companies, emerging technology development. Competencies Needed:
    • Effective at driving collaboration
    • Knowledge of IP landscape for critical capabilities/tools
    • In depth knowledge of internal biotech capabilities, opportunities & needs
    • Knowledge/access to external partners and their key capabilities Other skills and abilities:
      • Technologically Savvy: Deep knowledge of emerging technology and their quick application to products. Innovation mindset. Creatively applies knowledge around technology and approach to envision and lead successful projects.
      • Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication skills and presentation. Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to work well with diverse groups of people. Ability to present compelling updates, plans and proposals to multiple levels of leaders; presenting information in an easy to understand and consumable manner.
      • Results Driven: Demonstrated problem solving skills, strategic analysis, and communication skills. Self-motivated and ability to initiate projects, improvements, decisions, and problem solving. Detail-oriented, strong time management and organizational skills.
      • Project, program, portfolio management skills: Initiate, plan, execute, control and close projects. The discipline of planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of a specific project.
      • Strategic thinking: Focuses on the analysis of critical factors and variables that will influence the long-term success of a business
      • Collaboration: Creates a culture of belonging, seeks win-win solutions, easily works across functions and teams to advance project goals and milestones.
      • Lead by influence: Impact the opinions, points of view and behaviors of your stakeholders by influencing them in a positive way so they respect and trust you to guide them towards the desired results. Show leadership skills of empowering, growing and developing people who work for you. Physical Requirements:
        • Willing and able to work a flexible schedule including travel (primarily domestic, some international)
        • Driver's License, acceptable driving record Benefits - How We'll Support You:
          • Numerous development opportunities offered to build your skills
          • Be part of a company with a higher purpose and contribute to making the world a better place
          • Health benefits for you and your family on your first day of employment
          • Four weeks of paid time off and two weeks of well-being leave per year, plus paid holidays
          • Excellent parental leave which includes a minimum of 16 weeks for mother and father
          • Future planning with our competitive retirement savings plan and tuition reimbursement program Check out life at Corteva! Are you a good match? Apply today! We seek applicants from all backgrounds to ensure we get the best, most creative talent on our team.

Keywords: Corteva Agriscience, Des Moines , Biotech Discovery Portfolio Leader - External Technologies and Enabling Capabilities, IT / Software / Systems , Des Moines, Iowa

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