MBA intern - Systems Innovation at Indigo
What if nature could be harnessed to help farmers sustainably feed the planet? Since 2014, Indigo has questioned agriculture's full value chain to improve grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health. The company’s scientific discoveries and digital innovations have amplified new value from soil to sale, benefiting more than 10,000 growers to date. Indigo is also the company behind The Terraton Initiative, a global effort to drawdown one trillion tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide by unlocking the potential of agricultural soils. In 2019, Indigo was ranked #1 on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Indigo has additional offices in Memphis, TN; Research Triangle Park, NC; Sydney, Australia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Basel, Switzerland; and São Paulo, Brazil.
The Systems Innovation team consists of deeply collaborative minds across a range of disciplines who serve as the bridge between Indigo’s business strategies and technical functions across the company. We recognize that critical problems in agriculture require systems solutions combining data, technology, biology, and human behavior.
To that end, we have an extraordinary opportunity to help farmers harness nature to feed the planet in a sustainable manner. Our biological advancements enable us to work with farmers to improve agriculture in a way that creates enormous economic value while benefiting the environment and providing consumers with a more natural food supply. The MBA Intern will work with the Systems Innovation Team and its collaborators (e.g., Indigo Carbon, Indigo Partners, R&D) to find, value, communicate, and operationalize technologies and solutions that enable Indigo to bring the future of agriculture into the present.
- Assist the Systems Innovation Team leadership in crafting business cases for the incorporation of existing and emerging technologies into the Indigo Model in 2020 and 2021 that can create outstanding value for farmers, consumers, and the environment
- Create a framework by which the Innovation Team will value technologies and work to create a portfolio approach to project selection
- Conduct phone interviews with cutting edge technology companies and key opinion leaders
- Present analyses compellingly and clearly to Innovation Team leadership, as well as internal collaborators, via Powerpoint
- Working knowledge of basic business analysis tools and concepts such as NPV, IRR, and DCF
- Advanced proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
- Outstanding communication skills
- Passionately devoted to improving farmer profitability, consumer health, and the environmental sustainability of our food system
- Ability to hold and understand several complex ideas simultaneously across cross functional teams
- Entrepreneurial spirit with an insatiable interest in cutting-edge technologies who thrives in a dynamic environment
- Demonstrate grower empathy in interactions with all stakeholders (E.g., growers, to Innovation Team Leadership, to internal collaborators, companies, and KOLs)
- First-year MBA candidates with a strong track record of academic excellence (3.5+ undergrad GPA)
- Academic background in business, math, engineering, science, agronomy, or related field
- Ag and food work experience preferred
Indigo is committed to living our values, specifically “creating a work environment where everyone feels respected, connected, and has opportunities to learn and grow.” As part of living our values, we strive to create a diverse and inclusive work environment where everyone feels they can be themselves and has an equal opportunity of succeeding.
*we ask that MBA candidates limit themselves to 2-3 applications (maximum) across our open opportunities*
Our application deadline for MBA internships is December 4, 2019 (EOD).