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Director of Product Design and Development
Confirmed live in the last 24 hours
West Lafayette, IN, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Product Design
  • Preference is for M.S. or PhD degree in Agronomy or Ag Business with 5 to 10+ years of industry experience in breeding, trait introgression, product evaluation, and/or technical product management. Willing to consider B.S. degree with proven years of experience
  • An in-depth understanding of all aspects of the seed business, with expertise in germplasm, product testing and evaluation, and commercialization
  • A willingness to travel domestically and globally for collaboration interactions
  • Good understanding of product lifecycle management
  • An understanding of product performance evaluation and characterization, agronomic practices, and growing environment differences
  • Demonstrated track record of business acumen and strategic and tactical decision making capability
  • Aptitude for working with and learning technical information along with attention to detail
  • A strong sense of purpose and drive to develop unique, high impact solutions
  • Adaptability and enthusiasm for new challenges, innate curiosity, and a passion for learning
  • Creative and strategic thinking, willingness to be bold and take risks, and the capacity to recognize and learn from failure
  • Ability to work both independently and a collaborative mindset that is open to giving and receiving ideas, perspectives, and feedback
  • An effective communicator with a diverse range of individuals and audiences
  • Creatively accelerate the integration of germplasm, GMO traits and editing science and technology to the needs of the business through development and transfer of new products from early phases to commercialization
  • Drive internal and external germplasm use through precision breeding, and other strategies that accelerate genetic gain and can be implemented at the field level
  • Collaborate in the germplasm access strategy with the commercial team. Determine the proper metrics to assess collaborator's germplasm use and breeding value and communicate back to the different partners
  • Supervise the development of trait integration strategies to design products that provide incremental corporate and grower value
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team, including direct reports, to accelerate and develop edited products and support broader product adoption in targeted markets
  • Leads technical activities to assist advancement of multiple projects concurrently through the Stage Gate product development process
  • Manage budgets and resources needed for project development and team support
  • Assist with the regulatory strategy and execution to enable field testing of Inari's product pipeline while ensuring our Freedom to Operate (FTO)
  • Partner with Legal and Intellectual Property (IP) teams to ensure that all related efforts are following FTO and IP valuation processes
  • Provide regular and timely updates on project status, key milestones, challenges and next steps to key stakeholders and leadership
  • Develop an organizational culture that creates a great place to work, best in class positive work environment and growth of individuals
Desired Qualifications
  • Strong understanding of corn and soybean product development and licensing business is a plus
  • Understanding of supply chain quality requirements and processes
  • Previous people management experience
Inari Agriculture

201-500 employees

Plant breeding technology company
Company Overview
Inari is on a mission to transform agriculture and its impact on society and the environment. Inari's platform combines biological and data sciences to create approaches that significantly reduce the land, water, and other inputs required to produce food and feed.
  • Health insurance package
  • Flexible PTO
  • 401k plan
  • Performance Bonus
  • Commuter Checks & Assistance
  • Company Social Events
  • Free Lunch or Snacks
Company Values
  • Ambitiously grounded: We embrace challenges and are willing to take risks to deliver high impact results.
  • Collaborative innovators: We are curious explorers who believe collaboration can overcome limitations and expedite success.
  • Stewards of our planet: We hold ourselves accountable for the footprint that we create and strive to protect the earth for future generations.