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Corteva Agriscience Open Innovation Manager in Johnston, Iowa


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.


How will you help us grow? It matters to us, and it matters to you!

Corteva Agriscience’s Open Innovation team is seeking a dynamic self-starter to join the group as an Open Innovation Manager. This exciting career opportunity is for an individual with a passion for scientific collaboration and cutting-edge innovation to solve research challenges in agriculture through the application of biotechnology, crop genetics, crop protection, predictive agriculture, and digital solutions. The Open Innovation manager will support research collaborations between Corteva scientists and global innovators from the formulation of research challenges to project evaluation, selection, and management.

The Open Innovation Manager role requires demonstrated interpersonal, communication, and project management skills; a strong technical background in scientific research; and experience in cooperation and negotiation. This role includes a significant communications component requiring the ability to create written content for Corteva’s Open Innovation website and social media presence as well as engage in public speaking opportunities both inside and outside the organization. The prospective Open Innovation Manager will interface with Research and Development, Technology Transfer and Licensing, Intellectual Property Legal, and Communications. This is not a people leader role and does not have direct reports.


  • Participates in the design and implementation of Corteva’s Open Innovation strategy across Corteva’s R&D departments, including: assisting in technology needs assessments; implementing and directing Open Innovation research challenges, identifying and selecting synergistic opportunities

  • Coordinates and manages inbound innovation leads; facilitates the transfer of successful Open Innovation initiatives into Corteva’s R&D pipeline

  • Champions Open Innovation inside and outside the organization; participates in prospecting and Open Innovation outreach campaigns

  • Generates content for Corteva Open Innovation’s website and social media presence

  • Develops and manages effective outreach campaigns to promote engagement with potential collaborators on Open Innovation research challenges

  • Collaborates with Technology Transfer and Licensing and Legal stakeholders to support the negotiation of agreement terms and management of contractual obligations, ensuring compliance with relevant agreement terms

  • Provides functional guidance to resources assigned to various OI projects. This role will require the ability to effectively influence without direct authority.

  • Manages relationships with key contacts involved in Open Innovation collaborations and maintains a strategic network of internal and external contacts

  • Maintains sufficient knowledge of technology developments and events inside and outside the company to serve as spokesperson for Open Innovation

  • Represents Corteva with existing and potential partners; assuring credibility and reliability of Corteva as preferred collaborator



What expertise have you grown? What do you bring to the table?


PhD preferred; master’s degree or bachelor’s degree with relevant experience required


5-7+ years of experience in any combination of the following: research and development, alliance management, communications, project management, and business development. Research and development experience highly desired.



  • Broad understanding of diverse technology domains (e.g., biotechnology, plant breeding, plant physiology, genomics, biochemistry, chemistry, predictive modeling and/or molecular biology)

  • Ability to develop and lead a scientific research plan

  • Passion for innovative approaches to discovery

  • Conversant on major trends in the agriculture and life sciences industries


  • Strong public speaking skills

  • Effective writing skills for diverse audiences

  • Ability to guide communications strategy

  • Experience managing website content and social media desirable but not required

Teamwork and Leadership

  • Builds and values strong relationships within and across teams

  • Ability to drive toward results within cross-functional teams representing diverse perspectives

  • Management success in a science-based R&D organization

  • Ability to effectively influence without authority

Project Management

  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize based on urgency, and execute detailed action plans

  • Results driven, hands-on approach


We care about you and we care that you're comfortable. While there's no place like home, Corteva comes close.


Let’s peek at how you can grow your wellbeing, health, and future at Corteva!

  • Strike a better work-life balance with robust time off benefits including paid maternity, paternal and family illness leave

  • Prepare for your future with our competitive retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement program, and more

  • Enjoy access to health benefits for you and your family on your first day of employment

  • And much, much more!

Ready to grow your perspectives, impact and career? Start by applying to this opportunity today!

Corteva Agriscience ™, the world's first dedicated agriculture start-up, serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what's right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.


Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class. If you need a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit: Accessibility Page for Contact Information For US Applicants: See the 'Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law' poster For our U.S. Affirmative Action Policy, click here