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Director, R&D Project Management

| Greater Boston Area

Indigo improves grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health through the use of natural microbiology and digital technologies. Utilizing beneficial plant microbes and agronomic insights, Indigo works with growers to sustainably produce high quality harvests. The company then connects growers and buyers directly to bring these harvests to market. Working across the supply chain, Indigo is forwarding its mission of harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA, with additional offices in Memphis, TN, Research Triangle Park, NC, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and São Paulo, Brazil. http://www.indigoag.com/

The role of the Sr. Project Manager/Director, Early Stage R&D Pipeline is to manage projects for the early discovery & characterization of Indigo’s microbial products. Responsibilities will include managing a portfolio of project, managing a team of project manager(s), interfacing with senior leadership to report on project status, and managing collaborations that support the early stage pipeline. We are looking for a high energy candidate with a passion for project management. This person will work cross functionally with Product Management, R&D, and IP teams to achieve the best outcomes for Indigo and our partners.

 Responsibilities:

  • Assume ownership of crop teams and or stage teams and all supportive program/project plans.
  • Drive project management culture and ensure those teams are on track to hit their milestones
  • Facilitate team meetings
  • Own meeting minutes, action items, and decision log
  • Establish clear team meeting agenda in collaboration with Crop Product Managers
  • Partner with Crop Product Managers to develop strategy for managing the Crop team and define respective deliverables
  • Own delivery of Indigo senior management requests in alignment with Crop Product Management and Project & Portfolio Management leadership
  • Establish relationships with all functional stage owners and key stakeholders
  • Meet with all key stakeholders and members of the R&D Portfolio & Project Management and Crop Product Management teams
  • Understand approaches to end-to-end crop strategy and drive and facilitate alignment of R&D strategy with business opportunities
  • Demonstrate understanding of end-to-end R&D pipeline:
  • Be able to summarize Project Management needs, pain points, etc.
  • All projects have project timelines, risk registries, action and decision log and are updated weekly
  • Drive the development of integrated project plans
  • Assume directly responsibility for crop program/projects and mange crop team and project managers who will work on individual projects/stage teams.
  • Understand the overall program value chain, critical path, risks and mitigation strategies
  • Become the objective sounding board to the Crop team and a strategic partner to the Crop Product Manager to drive the program in the most effective and efficient way forward
  • Within 12 months, build a small team (of 1 to 3) projects managers to scale impact of the organization
  • Demonstrate ability to develop strategic vision for function and team:
  • In collaboration with the team, develop best practices, tools and templates using Project Management methodology
  • Become a strategic partner in the R&D Project and Portfolio Management leadership team
  • Raise within and expand project management capabilities to the entire organization 

Competencies: 

  • Strong leadership skills:
  • Able to recognize and build on individual strengths
  • Able to energize and lead a group towards an aggressive goal while maintaining positive relationships
  • Exceptional listening skills
  • Able to motivate
  • Process-oriented but not deterred by lack of process
  • Able to deliver a high-quality product under high pressure and short timelines
  • “Can do” approach to problem solving
  • Emotional intelligence; builds relationships, stakeholder management, targeted communication
  • Strong cross-functional networking and communication skills
  • Strategic mindset; operational leadership
  • Strong business acumen and organizational savviness
  • Able to influence and lead without authority
  • Able to drive aggressive goals in a structured way
  • Knack for identifying scalable solutions, including tech opportunities to drive efficiencies
  • Strong storytelling skills; able to convey a message
  • Excellent meeting facilitator
  • Technical skills: Project Management Methodology, Crop Product development knowledge 

Qualifications:

  • 7-10 years’ industry experience preferred with demonstrated leadership skills
  • S. or M.S. in a science discipline
  • Demonstrated ability to lead by influence and rapidly drive solutions to complex challenges
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in fast paced environments
  • S. or Ph.D. in Sciences; Agricultural background a plus
  • Experienced in use of Project Management tools
    Exceptional MS Project PowerPoint skills, able to tell a story;
  • Experience driving change in a fast-paced, ambiguous environment
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate across an organization both vertically and horizontally
  • Experience managing others both directly and indirectly through influence
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • TypescriptLanguages
    • GraphQLLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases

Location

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!

An Insider's view of Indigo

What projects are you most excited about?

Our mission is to provide agronomists with unbiased real-time data we are collecting across thousands of acres at the ground level and from space. It's such a thrill to be working on the data and analysis perspective of this massively cross-disciplinary team that helps agronomists initiate data-powered conversations to provide substantial results.

Jyoti

Principal Data Scientist

What makes someone successful on your team?

A successful Indigo team member is someone willing to continuously learn and improve, regardless of experience or role. Whether you’re an Engineer, Account Manager, Business Analyst, or Scientist, successful team members keep the bigger picture in mind and bridge disciplines to solve problems facing the incredibly complex system that is agriculture

Hilary

Software Product Manager

What are Indigo Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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