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Corteva Agriscience Trait Discovery Project Manager in Johnston, Iowa

Description

This position will enable the Trait Discovery Operations team to deliver competitive, integrated corn, soybean, wheat or oilseed projects across the trait discovery phase in support of key business objectives and the goal to deliver a portfolio of proprietary trait solutions that drives differential advantage for our customers. This position will work closely with the respective Discovery Assessment Team Leaders, Trait Discovery Operations Leader, R&D Functions, Program Management in the Business Platform and the Trait Discovery Leader to manage projects, track milestones, manage risks and issues, establish key milestones and ensure cross-functional interactions and communications.

Description

  • Manage assigned projects to ensure efficient delivery of new products and technologies through the consistent application of best project/portfolio management principles, business analysis and budget/resource planning.

  • Provide leadership and direction for the identification and mediation of conflicts based on changes to project or program scope, resource needs, timing or budget.

  • Provide the project team with project management expertise including strategic planning, project/program status reports, budget monitoring/reporting, resource management, and issue resolution assistance.

  • Build project schedules, monitor timelines, align resource needs, communicate issues, identify risks, help define key milestones, document key decisions, and provide analysis of project progress.

  • Operationalize science strategy in support of trait product development.

  • Assist research leaders, scientists, and team members in the planning and efficient execution of laboratory and field trials for assigned projects.

  • Ensure project plans operationalize IP strategy, document contract milestones, and build in compliance with contracts and product stewardship requirements.

  • Develop resource forecasts and monitor actuals for the assigned projects.

Responsibilities

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  • Manage projects utilizing project management methodology, portfolio management processes, business analysis and budget/resource planning. Provide leadership and direction for the identification and mediation of conflicts based on changes to project or program scope, resource needs, timing or budget. Monitor overall project progress and risks on a regular basis. Provide the project team with project management expertise including strategic planning, project/program status reports, budget monitoring/reporting, resource management, and issue resolution assistance.

  • Develop and maintain comprehensive project/science plans, reports, work breakdown structures, Gantt charts, resource and budget plans to coordinate cross-functional project execution broadly across all relevant organizational groups. Ensure project plans operationalize IP strategy, document contract milestones, and build in compliance with contracts and product stewardship requirements.

  • Positively influence the meeting of milestones and deadlines across multiple years, projects and geographies. Work with project teams to identify and analyze critical path. Identify project risks and be responsible for resolution and contingency plans.

  • Understand how to communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully.

  • Resolve and/or escalate issues in a timely fashion.

  • Work with the project tactical teams to prepare for stage gate transitions and advancement decision by the governance body

Qualifications

Requirements

  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree and 7-10 years of experience. Strong preference for a graduate degree in agricultural science, biotechnology, molecular biology or related sciences.

  • Professional designation in project management and/or minimum of 7 years relevant training or relevant experience managing complex cross-functional projects.

  • Relevant project management experience with large agricultural biotechnology projects, or projects in related fields, including pharmaceutical product development or other complex new product development projects.

  • Ability to organize and align stakeholders to overcome issues and partner for success. Ability to influence without authority.

  • Experience in coordinating technical approaches with other business activities and priorities to achieve critical objectives for new product development and launch.

  • History of success in working across a broad range of organizational functions and subject matter experts from laboratory and field research, to intellectual property, sales & marketing, supply, for example, as well as with business and external partners.

  • Demonstrated significant positive and sustained organizational impact.

  • Ability to work well with team members across geographic distances and cultural differences.

  • Ability to effectively communicate in a complex environment with many different stakeholders.

Preferences

  • Project experience in Ag biotech area.

  • Experience working with Project Management software.

  • PMP certification.

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Our Campus:

Our Johnston, Iowa campus is home to 2,500 employees whose mission is simple – to feed the world. While our employees are busy working to solve world hunger and ensure environmental sustainability, we’re taking care of them by offering convenience and comfort during the workday with an onsite fitness center, coffee shop and top-notch cafeteria touting a grill, deli, fresh salad bar and a variety of healthy menu options. Need some fresh air during your work day? Take advantage of our beautiful, tree-lined walking trails or relax by the pond. We also offer countless opportunities to connect with your colleagues through community volunteerism, parties, and holiday events. Did we mention you’ll be working in state-of-the art buildings with the latest technology with colleagues from all over the world? Join us in bringing food into homes around the world, while we make you feel at home while you’re at work.

Our Community:

Des Moines, Iowa is the fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the Midwest with a nationally ranked high quality of living. It’s nicknamed the Silicon Prairie for its place as an up-and-coming hot spot for technology. Living here means Saturdays at the nationally renowned Downtown Farmers' Market, sporting events, a robust downtown night life and access to one of the most artistic medium sized cities. If you enjoy the outdoors, Des Moines offers beautiful nature trails for a casual walking, running or biking adventures.

It means going to a job you love and coming home to a community of friends and family. Communities care about their residents and residents care about their communities, making a difference for everyone who lives here. This is a place where culture flourishes and opportunities grow, where a work-life balance can be achieved, where education is unmatched, and award-winning arts and entertainment are right around the corner.

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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.

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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

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