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Job: Director of Crop Innovation, Precision BioSciences, inc., Durham, NC


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General Information

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Job title: Director of Crop Innovation
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Job location: Durham, NC  27701 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted: 09/07/2017
Compensation:
Job category:Agricultural Biotechnology
Employment type:Full time
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Job Description


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Precision Biosciences is seeking a seasoned scientist manager with experience in metabolic engineering and genomics, to drive its pipeline of genome editing programs in agriculture focused on improving human health, wellness and sustainability. This individual will be responsible for building and leading a team dedicated to the translational development activities necessary to advance these programs to create innovative, healthy and sustainable food solutions.

The Director of Crop Innovation will report to the President of PlantSciences. The successful candidate will be a hands-on, participative manager who will make significant contributions to the strategy and execution within a diverse R&D organization.

Company Background Precision BioSciences, the genome editing company, is dedicated to improving life. The Precision Biosciences team seeks to solve significant problems in oncology, genetic disease, agriculture, and beyond, via its ARCUS genome editing platform. ARCUS is Precision’s proprietary, nuclease-based genome editing platform which now encompasses an industry leading combination of site specificity, ease of delivery, and breadth of editing capabilities.

Position Summary The Director of Crop Innovation (DCI) serves as the head of all internal and external research and development activities at Precision PlantSciences. The DCI is also assigned the responsibility of expanding applications of Precision’s ARCUS genome editing platform in all aspects of translational agriculture to realize the Company’s strategic growth and mission. As an experienced professional in plant sciences, the Director of Crop Innovation plays a key role in identifying disruptive technologies and collaborations in genomics, molecular breeding and metabolic engineering to complement ARCUS-driven initiatives. In addition to managing R&D programs, the DCI will contribute up to 30% of his/her time working with Precision’s CEO and the President of the PlantSciences team to generate impactful product concepts and other business development activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities Core Responsibilities:

• Role requires a strong appreciation for research but a focus on product development
• Applicant will be expected to build a multi-disciplinary development team that can also draw on existing skills and resources within the company
• Strong communication skills are critical as the team will be part of a larger cross-functional organization with multiple product development areas
• Adapt quickly to technical and/or industry changes in a rapidly advancing field
• Build a strong team and encourage career growth of employees
• This role requires a strong appreciation for research but a focus on product development.
• Applicant will be expected to build a multi-disciplinary development team that can also draw on existing skills and resources within the company
• Strong communication skills are critical as the team will be part of a larger cross-functional organization with multiple product development areas
• The DCI will be responsible for all internal and external research and development activities within PlantSciences.
• Recognizes, recruits and improves technologies that are complementary to the ARCUS platform to enable expedited crop improvement for internal and partnered programs.
• As the leader of all research efforts within PlantSciences, the DCI is required to build strong collaborative, professional and personal relationships with colleagues across teams within Precision and upholds the core values and mission of Precision in the industry.
• The DCI will establish a high-throughput pathway engineering capability in a variety of crops using the ARCUS platform. The DCI will work with the senior leadership at Precision to formulate and execute new IP-generating initiatives in support of ARCUS and its applications in Agriculture.
• As a team leader, the DCI builds, leads and manages the team(s) in line with Precision’s strategic plan and performs high quality, milestone driven research to advance Precision’s mission.
• Further, the DCI coordinates, supports and coaches the team members, ensures availability of all necessary tools and initiation of actions that safeguard the progress and completion of research programs in compliance with objectives. Additionally, the Director of Crop Innovation will collaborate with the President of PlantSciences on a regular basis to develop and monitor the progress of internal and external programs, budgets and spending strategy.
• As a manager, the Director of Crop Innovation monitors and constantly evaluates research programs for quality and effectiveness and contributes towards efficient program management. The Director of Crop Innovation also conducts routine appraisals and development meetings with the team members to ensure operational excellence.
• Develops a budget and make decisions on administrative and operational matters for the team
• Leads while maintaining a company culture that emphasizes selflessness and company success.
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Job Requirements


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•Ph.D. degree in a scientific competency area (e.g. plant sciences, molecular genetics, applied genetics, molecular biology or applied bioinformatics). Experience in metabolic engineering is highly desired.
• Scientific expertise with demonstrated knowledge and experience (> 10 years) in the scientific competency area and a track record of high impact publications and patents.
• Provable track record with applied or strategic R&D and innovation, management experience and excellent communication skills.
• Capable of creating and implementing high quality innovative concepts for R&D development and execution (program and project proposals and reports, patents, sales of products and licenses, publications, presentations, innovation platforms).
• Broad and deep understanding of coherence between disciplines, technologies, traits and the integrated application in market-oriented research and product development.
• At least 10 years of working experience in the field of expertise.
• Experience and an appreciation for multicultural and multinational collaborations, teams and clients.
• Experienced in leading researchers, scientists and technicians.
• Experienced in IP filing and interactions with the legal teams.
• Experience in scientific business development desired.


Travel Requirements
• Travel: Required (~25%)

Precision BioSciences, Inc. is dedicated to improving life. We seek to cure genetic disease, overcome cancer, and feed the planet. To make this vision a reality, we have brought together the world’s leading minds in genome editing and ARCUS, the first therapeutic grade editing platform. This simple and uniquely powerful genome editing method allows us to create products that solve – not just treat, but solve – significant problems in oncology, genetic disease, agriculture, and beyond. For additional information, please visit www.precisionbiosciences.com.

Precision BioSciences provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Precision BioSciences complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
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