The Technology Transfer and Licensing (TTL) group of Corteva Agriscience has an exciting new career opportunity for a Technology Licensing Manager, to be focused on in- and out-licensing of intellectual property and transfer of technology in support of its Seed & Traits R&D and business platforms.
This Licensing Manager position will be located at Corteva’s Global Business Center in Johnston, Iowa, the primary location of Corteva’s Seeds and Traits research, development, business and commercial teams. The Licensing Manager for this position will require a dynamic and goal-oriented individual with demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal); experience in contract drafting/writing, negotiation and execution, process management and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently; a solid background in intellectual property management and/or scientific/technical arenas; and a demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize and drive parallel projects to meet timelines and achieve successful outcomes. Although the successful candidate will be expected to work closely with others in TTL and Corteva, this is not a people management role; this position does not have direct reports.
Who are we, and what do we do?
At Corteva Agriscience, you will help us grow what’s next. No matter your role, you will be part of a team that is building the future of agriculture – leading breakthroughs in the innovation and application of science and technology that will better the lives of people all over the world and fuel the progress of humankind. In the TTL group of Corteva, you will be a key contributor to helping Corteva forge relationships and establish agreements with universities, institutes, companies and other external groups to support and enable this innovation and technology advancement.
Responsibilities: How will you help us grow? It matters to us, and it matters to you!
Plan, lead and execute the diligence and agreement negotiation actions necessary to establish R&D and commercial licenses/collaborations/alliances between Corteva and public and private entities.
Coordinate negotiation and alliance management related work streams with colleagues in R&D, legal, external affairs, technology acquisition, alliance management, regulatory, supply chain management, finance, etc groups in Corteva.
Work with Corteva finance managers and legal counsel to obtain necessary financial and legal clearances and guidance for agreements.
The incumbent will be skilled in the art of defining and validating terms leading to successful alliances and be capable of negotiating agreements, from term sheet to executed contract.
The incumbent will coordinate clearance and approval for release, license or transfer of technologies, traits and germplasm (working with others in Corteva as appropriate), and be capable of managing this process globally, across internal stakeholder groups.
Administer and monitor agreement management and compliance including but not limited to (i) database entries, (ii) payment obligations, reports, exercising of options, etc. Develop and maintain strong knowledge of important agreements and their impact on new negotiations.
Maintain relationships with a network of contacts in both Corteva and the public and private sectors to determine shifting structures, standards/norms, roles and goals within the industry.
Provide guidance/training to Corteva-internal R&D and business clients with respect to best practices and Technology Transfer and Licensing processes.
What expertise have you grown? What do you bring to the table?
Bachelor’s degree in biological / chemical sciences or business administration required. Master’s (or higher) degree in biological / chemical sciences or business administration, or Law degree, preferred.
3-5 (or more) years of experience working in an academic or corporate licensing or technology transfer function.
Exposure to or experience with (i) agreement negotiations, (ii) intellectual property rights, (iii) patent process and/or (iv) contracting and technology licensing issues; preferably in agriculture or the life sciences.
Understanding of intellectual property management, and biology/genetics/biochemistry research and regulatory activities is preferred.
Basic knowledge in plant biology/physiology, genetics, breeding/agronomy, and/or chemistry is preferred.
Confidence and ability to work through challenging issues in a timely and professional manner.
Experience in successfully managing multiple projects and deadlines within a matrixed organization with strict attention to detail and prioritization.
Excellent communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, and technical writing skills required.
Proven ability to build solid relationships, earn the confidence of internal stakeholders and demonstrate the ability to get results in timely manner with attention to timelines and deadlines.
Strong organizational and project management skills required.
Must be reliable, self-motivated, persistent and have the ability to work effectively both alone and in teams.
Membership and/or credentialed in a national or international professional society focused on licensing and technology transfer topics is preferred.
Internal Number: 211069W-01
About Corteva Agriscience
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