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Head, Technology Scouting and Acquisition Job - #1510593A5

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Location: Durham, North Carolina, South United States, USA
Company: Syngenta
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Open Til: 25-Apr-12
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Agronomy
Career Type: General
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: Competitive

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Division: Biotechnology
Function: Research & Product Development
City: Durham
State/Province: North Carolina [NC]
Country: United States [US]
Position Title: Head, Technology Scouting and Acquisition
Job ID: 2665

Role Purpose/Accountabilities:
Global responsibility for
- Leading the formulation, articulation, and coordination of the innovation, investment and incentive models to enable the realization of the R&D strategy and associated change initiatives. Scouting, identifying, accessing and evaluating external technology opportunities for Seeds Biotech to build a sustainable R&D pipeline across crops.
- Managing open source innovation and source processes and driving the culture across the global R&D organization.
- Promoting and managing a sustainable internal new invention disclosure process in Seeds Biotech (in partnership with LIPL and Biotech researchers and project leaders).
- Interfacing with global portfolio leaders to continually screen, shape and refine programs within the portfolio to establish a pipeline of growth platforms aligned with portfolio requirements and business strategies.

Accountabilities:
- Establish a global trait and technology scouting function with staff and networks located in the regions.
- Actively network externally to identify new technology opportunities with potential to advance Syngenta’s R&D strategies.
- Build a robust organization responsible for evaluating all external and internal trait and technology opportunities for business value, technical value and, with LIPL, FTO.
- Ensure timely responses are made to third parties and internal inventors when evaluating opportunities.
- Partner and leverage Syngenta Ventures and M&A when appropriate.
- Build a dedicated team and networks to drive an open innovation and source innovation culture in to all of R&D. With partners such as innovation intermediaries, provide tools, training and support for R&D staff to post challenges and administer solutions.
- Partner with research program managers to be informed of the traits and technologies required by the SYT portfolio.
- Lead a team which fosters scientific curiosity, partnership, and transformative results.
- Influence research agenda across long term research and portfolio objectives.


Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

Critical knowledge:
- PhD in plant genetics or related field and 15+ years experience in R&D
- Understanding of new emerging technologies and trends
- Understanding the role of LIPL in developing alliances with external parties
- Ability to value technology opportunities; MBA preferred
- Budget construction and management
- Passion for problem solving and keen interest in the problems that confront the Ag industry
- Robust and broad consulting skills and general business aptitude
- Deliverable-oriented work style, comfortable with demanding deadlines and exacting customers
- Demonstrated ability to self-direct and flex between a variety of approaches, and deal with ambiguity
- Demonstrated ability to earn the trust and respect of contacts at all levels, both within the company (SVPs to managers in pivotal roles) and outside (external experts and service providers)
- General business awareness of, e.g.business strategy

Critical experience:
- Scientific and business management experience.
- Leading people
- Working in a global matrixed organization.
- Ability to motive others.
- Open source innovation concepts, processes and 3rd party suppliers.
- Proven ability to lead and influence senior leadership team.
- Proven ability to operate in and coordinate cross-functional teams in completing impactful, time-sensitive projects
- Proven ability to work with senior, cross-functional teams of significant scope and scale
- Proven ability to bring fresh, strategic perspective to major issues in R&D
- Proven ability to engage with the R&D executive management team on strategic questions and initiatives


Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities:
- Strong leadership skills
- Drive and initiative
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Excellent negotiation, influencing and networking skills


Additional Information:

- All applicants must be eligible to work in the US.
- Must sign a non-compete if offered this position.

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