Director/Manager, Innovation Development at Indigo

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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 Innovation Development function’s mission is to continually develop Indigo’s Innovation capabilities by driving:

  • the innovation strategy (overall and platforms)
  • masterplans for the expansion of its existing platforms
  • the launch of new innovation platforms and capabilities
  • the management system for the innovation function to support resource allocation, portfolio and platform investments, and the manage­ment of the interfaces to other business functions of Indigo

Responsibilities:

  • Development of strategies for Indigo’s Innovation functions and related new business and technology opportunities covering all its platforms (Microbial Innovation, Geoinovation, DataInnovation, Systems Innovation, and Indigo Research Partners)
  • Development and management of the technology development and platform investment pipelines and product launch pipeline plan
  • Development and execution monitoring of the masterplans (including technology roadmaps, new business opportunities, and geographical footprints) for the expansion of Indigo’s innovation platforms in accordance with business priorities, innovation strategy and available resource envelopes
  • Development and evaluation of the strategic and annual resource allocation (Opex, Capex) priorities for the Innovation function ensuring ROI maximization
  • Initiating and driving the launch of new innovation platforms and capabilities including early operational work while working cross functionally
  • Own and design entire projects including setting key milestones, managing cross functional meetings, and holding others accountable
  • Lead and manage a team of direct reports

Competencies:

  • Thrives in fast paced environment and first-principles basis for developing strategy
  • Entrepreneurial experience and world view, sees setbacks as opportunities
  • Energized by tackling challenging, complex problems. Solution oriented mindset
  • Versatility and interest to be exposed to different scientific disciplines, ability to adopt and converse quickly with subject matter experts
  • Practical, organized and able to partner well with business unit owners and operators
  • Team player, with experience orchestrating complex projects across multiple functions
  • Strong communicator; able to inspire with stories about and with technology. Able to communicate well across product and engineering organizations
  • Ability to bridge from the realm of ideas and possibilities to the factual and extant
  • Able to lead cross-functional project teams
  • Inspiring leader and day-to-day manager

Qualifications

  • Significant experience in product, strategy, or consulting roles within fast-moving, technology-focused companies or sectors
  • Advanced degree (M.Sc., PhD, etc.) or technical experience demonstrating experience in overcoming the challenges of discovering, innovating and developing
  • Experience in partnering with business unit owners and operators on strategy work on emerging technologies
  • Previous experience within Agriculture, life sciences or software/digital technologies
  • Past successes in the development of new idea/products
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On the edge of Charlestown, we are within walking distance to restaurants and bars. The Sullivan Square T and bus stop is also right next door!
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