DuPont Global Initiatives and Sustainability Leader - EMEA in Geneva, Switzerland

Global Initiatives and Sustainability Leader - EMEA (Job Number: BUS00002381)


Corteva Agriscience™, the agriculture division of DowDuPont™, is the only major agriscience company completely dedicated to agriculture. By combining the colossal strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences, we've harnessed agriculture's brightest minds and expertise gained over two centuries of scientific achievement to enrich the lives of producers and consumers alike. Our priority is the success of the farmer - because when producers thrive, our world thrives.

Your purpose will be to lead Corteva’s global initiatives and sustainability efforts in EMEA to position the Division as a thought leader and Market Shaper. The leader will be accountable to develop strategies and initiatives consistent with the Corteva brand and market shaper goals. The leader will be the key interface for the EMEA commercial team to support facilities/operations and interface for external stakeholders for developing and implementing strategic projects.


  • Lead sustainability program within EMEA to ensure reporting, communication and stakeholder engagement is consistent with Corteva goals

  • Key interface with regional Seed Platform, Crop Protection Platform, Integrated Operations and Commercial Leaders to develop and align on company level sustainability strategy, goals, commitments, external reporting and communications

  • Develop external stakeholder engagement strategy and link to professional organizations

  • Benchmark and gain insights from external sources

  • Sustainability partner in Signature Community Investment Program(s)

  • Facilitate Global Initiatives programs within EMEA, including Ag Development programs



Specific skills/experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in industry affairs or NGO management

  • Understanding of agriculture industry dynamics in the region and globally

  • Experience in developing relations with various industry stakeholders (NGOs, scientific groups etc)

  • Ability to understand business needs and work proactively to develop solutions that are aligned with commercial needs

  • Understands sustainability expectations from multiple stakeholders and can balance the need for financial goals with the increasing external expectations.

  • Proven leadership skills and ability to work through others to accomplish goals and milestones

  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills with the demonstrated ability to influence, promote and excel within teams.

  • Strategy development and implementation skills

  • Ability to write content and critically review communications across multiple audiences

  • Strong oral communication skills

  • Results oriented and ability to lead initiatives from synthesis to implementation

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing priorities.

General skills/experience:

  • Leadership/Initiative: Is a self-starter. Can effectively lead programs or projects. Handles tasks proactively without being prompted. Shares information and ideas to address problem areas, resolves issues and continuously improves the quality of programs. Seeks challenges in work. Provides counsel and acts as a role model/mentor.

  • Technical Expertise: Proficient in sustainability issues and latest practices while understanding and balancing business needs.

  • Communication Skills: Good oral communication skills including: courtesy, tact and a willingness to listen. Professional and use of well-developed communication techniques. Good writing skills – prepare and issue written correspondence that is easily understood, informative and adheres to corporate identity standards guidelines. Effectively responds to inquiries from internal and external sources.

  • Good judgment/poise: Ability to deal with stressful situations or emergencies in a professional manner. Ability to handle and resolve problems without alienating people by using courtesy, tact and an understanding that is based on good business knowledge.

  • Customer Focus: Establishes and maintains credibility and trust with customers and internal partners. Places high value and priority on customer needs and is proactive in preventing customer problems.

  • Planning/Organizing: Ability to effectively organize workload and handle a high volume of rapidly changing priorities. Demonstrates an orientation to concrete results.

  • Flexibility: Open-minded; anticipates changes - able and willing to make changes quickly to accommodate current business needs. Contributes to bottom-line growth via participation in activities such as: off-site meetings, conferences, plant tours, audits, customer visits/meetings and sustainability meetings as appropriate.

  • Self-development: Evaluate and schedule self-development training needs. Actively seeks additional knowledge. Grows and expands job/business knowledge.

  • Team work – Builds effective working relationships with other people. Places high priority on establishing and meeting team and organizations goals.

Primary Location: EMEA-Switzerland-Geneva

Organization: Pioneer

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (±16 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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