DuPont Research Operations Lead in New Holland, Pennsylvania

Research Operations Lead (Job Number: 196307W-01)



  • Coordinates the leadership ofday-to-day management at the Research Center.

  • Serves as the liaison between all process leadsat the center level and serves as the overall key contact for the center.

  • Ensures safe, effective and efficient managementof Research Center processes at the local level.

  • Plans for Research resources (manpower, machinery,equipment and tools and facilities) needed to produce high quality data, on-timefield operations, meet winter research seed production and product advancementschedules.



  • Manage andaccountable for the daily center operations, ensuring on-time completions tomeet research and business needs.

  • Plan,organize, and direct research operations to ensure the most effective use ofassets while meeting research/business objectives; may include, but not limitedto the management of:personnel,equipment, facility and land use.

  • Manage research operations through subordinatestaff that have full accountabilities for their respective area(s).

  • Coordinate the research center leadership teammeetings by developing agendas, schedules, and ensuring appropriate follow-ups.

  • Effective management of land cooperators and off –site storage.

  • EnsureRegulatory compliance (safety, DOT, wage/hour laws, USDA, EPA, etc).

  • Hold regular team meetings to provide short term and long term taskdirection, along with timely business updates.

  • Meet withemployees individually to stay abreast of business issues, workload levels, andemployee concerns.

  • Mayparticipate in field activities as determined by specific location needs.

Tactical Planning (3-12 months)

  • Work withresearch center leadership team to proactively plan and address future needs.

  • Participatein the labor planning for all regular, temporary, and seasonal research staff.

  • Review ofoperations and fixed projections and implement corrective actions to staywithin budget.

  • Providefeedback to Finance regarding the center’s operating and capital budgets.

  • Implement bestproductivity practices at center and ensure these practices are sustained.

  • Monitor andmanage capacity constraints, equipment problems, labor scheduling, etc. toensure research goals are met.

  • Identify andresolve problems with help as needed from the local center leadership team andupper management (Research Directors, EZ Leads, etc.).

Teamwork and Employee Development:

  • Coach,support and develop employees on their team in a manner that fosters effectivecollaboration and teamwork, demonstrating and modeling the Core Values.

  • Establishand support individual and team performance goals that are attainable andaligned with business strategy.

  • Holdemployees accountable for achieving performance results and demonstrating workbehaviors that promote collaboration and teamwork in an effective manner whiledemonstrating and modeling the Core Values.

  • Recognizeand value employees through ongoing recognition of individual and team results.

  • Strongly encourageemployee feedback and ideas for process improvements.

Promote a Culture that Demonstrates Core Values While GeneratingHigh Quality Results

  • Promotehealth, safety, and environmentally- friendly practices

  • Ensure SHEprograms are implemented and fully executed

  • Ensure allemployees at the center are engaged in Safety

  • Model and enforcethe Life Saving Rules

  • Foster a positive SafetyCulture on and off the job

  • Ensure RMSand Management Review is in place and effective.

  • Provide oversightof and monitor quality levels through all stages of research processes andtesting.

  • Organize andfacilitate the management review meetings and ensure continual improvement ofthe RMS is occurring


  • Work inconjunction with Research Scientist(s) and EZ Lead(s) to establish projectgoals consistent with business unit goals which reflect internal and externalcustomer needs.

  • Providemanagement, scientific leadership and creativity when initiating, designing,and executing research within/across projects.

  • Remaincurrent on new technology by participating in professional meetings, careerdevelopment activities and by encouraging others to bring information intoresearch activities.

  • May beinvolved with scientific studies to support breeding program or department perthe employees interest and skill set (molecular breeding involvement, productadvancement, regulated testing, disease related work, etc.)

  • May monitorresearch progress and meet with participating researchers to identify problemsand opportunities impacting the business unit.

  • May communicatewith research leadership (i.e. Sr. Scientists, Research Fellows, EZ Leads, and/orResearch Directors), business unit contacts, and/or external collaborators onprogress of product opportunities and makes recommendations regarding producttesting and evaluation process.

  • Mayparticipate in product selection, advancements, assignment of rankings, etc. This may include preparing and analyzingdata, keeping records or otherwise facilitating advancement meetings.

  • May serve onteams appropriate to cross project research initiatives.

  • Maycontribute to scientific publications, conferences and patent applications.

  • May plan andconduct comprehensive research programs which further the development ofvalue-added products or support associated research projects.


Education Masters Degree or Bachelor’s Degree with equivalent experience in Agriculture related field

Experience 5 -7 years experience in Research operations

Supervisory or leadership experience critical

Physical Demands Physical ability to lift 30lbs, ability to work outside in all kinds of weather, ability to stand/sit for extended periods, ability to travel overnight, sometimes for an extended period.

Working Conditions Primarily in a Research Center setting with regular interaction taking place in a high traffic & activity plant/warehouse areas, plus frequent visits to field locations. High workload with long hours and weekend work during seasonal peaks. Occasional travel within region.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Requires ability to look several months forward to anticipate labor needs, resource needs, space requirements, etc. Research operations knowledge combined with prior management skills and the ability to supervise/handle multiple tasks at one time is critical. Need leadership capabilities to motivate others, initiate projects, make decisions, and effectively solve problems. Excellent interpersonal/communication skills are required for fostering teamwork, enhancing a good working environment, and effectively developing strong working relationships with a diverse group of people

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-Pennsylvania-New Holland

Organization: Pioneer

Schedule: Full-time

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

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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