DuPont Licensing Manager in Johnston, Iowa

Licensing Manager (Job Number: 196553W-01)


Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, agronomic support, and services to farmers. Innovative and customer-focused, Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™

seeks to increase farmer productivity and profitability, and to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Increasing populations, changing economies, and limited cultivatable land are significant factors driving us to use the broad application of plant science to improve the value generated from each field.

The Technology Transfer and Licensing group has an exciting new career opportunity for a Technology In-/Out-Licensing Manager in the field of agricultural biotechnology/crop genetics research .

The position, located in Johnston, IA, requires a dynamic individual with demonstrated interpersonal skills, experience in contract writing and negotiating and a solid background in the legal or scientific arenas. This is NOT a people leader role and does not have direct reports.

The Licensing Manager helps research leaders in the completion of their research strategies by enabling the establishment of third party collaborations. The Licensing Manager is required to have an understanding of the research program and the unique circumstances that relate to a given request in order to draft an agreement or to follow-up regarding additional information required in order for a draft to be completed. The Licensing Manager serves as a key point of contact for questions related to alliance management and is expected to serve as a resource and provide guidance on topics such as contract administration, and be able to help resolve agreement-related technical questions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute all internal and external activities leading to alliances with the public and the private sectors, with an emphasis on Ag biotech traits and/or germplasm exchanges.

  • Coordinate alliance-related work streams with colleagues in R&D, biotech affairs, regulatory, supply management, sales and marketing.

  • Work with Pioneer finance managers and attorneys to achieve financial and legal clearances.

  • 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 of biological and other materials (working with product clearance managers as appropriate), and be capable of supervising staff responsible for handling Product Transfer and Evaluation Agreements and germplasm and technology transfers, globally.

  • Administer and monitor agreement compliance including but not limited to (i) database entries, (ii) payment obligations, reports due, exercising of options, etc. Develop and maintain strong knowledge of important agreements and their impact on new negotiations.

  • Maintain relationships with contacts in Pioneer, in DuPont, and in the public and private sectors to determine shifting structures, roles and goals within the industry.

  • Provide guidance/training to Pioneer-internal customers with respect to Technology Transfer and Licensing processes..


  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or business administration, required - Master’s degree (in biological sciences or business administration) or Law degree, preferred

  • 4-6 years of experience working in an academic institution’s licensing group or a comparable corporate setting

  • Exposure to or experience with (i) negotiations, (ii) intellectual property rights, (iii) patents and (iv) contract and licensing issues is preferred

  • Understanding of intellectual property management, field research and regulatory activities, preferred

  • Basic knowledge in plant biotechnology, breeding and trait integration

  • Confidence and ability to work through challenging issues in a timely and professional manner

  • Experience in managing multiple projects and deadlines at the same time, with strict attention to detail and prioritization

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and writing skills, required

  • Proven ability to build solid relationships, earn the confidence of internal stakeholders and demonstrate the ability to get results

  • Strong organizational and project management skills are required

  • Certification as a Licensing Professional, or commitment to obtain certification over an agreed upon period of time

  • Must be reliable, self-motivated, persistent and have the ability to work effectively both alone and in teams

  • Supervisory/management experience is preferred

We are excited to announce that Corteva Agriscience™ is the name of the new Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. We are bringing together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and DowAgroSciences to create a market-shaping, standalone agriculture company with leading positions in seed technologies, crop protection and digital agriculture. We will work across the global agriculture value chain to create a more efficient food system.

At Corteva Agriscience™, we seek to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume. This means we will help rejuvenate the agricultural ecosystem to support people and the planet and to ensure progress for generations to come.

Primary Location: NA-United States-Iowa-Johnston

Organization: Pioneer

Schedule: Full-time

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

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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