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Corteva Agriscience Digital R&D Lead in Johnston, Iowa


Agriculture is the basis for healthy and affordable food. Corteva Agriscience is a global leader in providing seed, crop protection, and software & analytics solutions helping farmers to meet global demand with economically successful and environmentally sustainable farming. Corteva’s R&D organization is the innovation engine that identifies and develops solutions for farmers, globally. We are looking for a Digital R&D lead to join our Data Science & Informatics organization leading and organizing the R&D efforts creating analytics for our SaaS business at Granular as well as Agronomy Services.

If you are curious about infusing science into grower software solutions and are passionate about shaping and leading an R&D program in a dynamic and exciting field in agriculture, this is your opportunity.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Partner with leaders across Corteva in Digital Ag to co-develop the strategic plan for Data Science R&D efforts and collaborations to drive immediate and long term business objectives of the software and agronomy science businesses.

  • Create and manage a portfolio of DSI initiatives, programs, and projects to deliver engineering, software development, data engineering and data science components.

  • Provide ongoing strategic guidance to >15 agile project teams with >60 engineers and data scientists in a rapidly growing, dynamic and highly cross-functional field.

  • Drive strategy development and provide visibility of ongoing efforts as a member of multiple leadership teams accountable for digital solutions across Corteva.

  • Pro-actively ensure alignment of digital strategies and best practices by communicating business and R&D context, R&D and DSI strategy, and project plans and status to teams and stakeholders.

  • Enable an environment that is ‘tightly aligned & loosely coupled’, promoting diversity and innovation while maintaining reliable project execution.


  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent education and related experience

  • Deep experience in agronomy or in development of software and analytics solutions, and passion to learn domain or technical aspects that complement your experience.

  • At least 10 years of experience in seed product R&D or business, digital ag business, or agronomy. Knowledge of the following areas is a plus: field phenotyping, plant breeding, ag biotechnology, crop protection

  • Experience with strategic leadership and program or portfolio management is required

  • Experience with or strong interest in data management and data science is a requirement

  • Excellent people and communication skills, including experience in communicating with Senior Management

  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated ability in:

  • Creating and executing strategic plans to support research and product vision

  • Leading and inspiring agile teams working in a fast paced, dynamic research environment

  • Partnering with research and informatics groups to jointly identify opportunities and prioritize and execute on multiple projects.

Corteva Agriscience ™, the world's first dedicated agriculture start-up, serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what's right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.


Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class. If you need a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit: Accessibility Page for Contact Information For US Applicants: See the 'Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law' poster For our U.S. Affirmative Action Policy, click here