Agricultural Chemical Innovation Team Leader

Princeton, NJ

Posted: 01/09/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 7.24SK Pay Rate: 120,000 - 160,000 Remote: Experience:

Job Description

Agricultural Chemical Innovation Team Leader

Bring your creativity and drive for success to this growing Innovations Team expanding its portfolio of raw materials for Agricultural Chemicals.  Direct a team of Scientists and use your strategic and tactical leadership skills.  This role reports directly to the Chief Technology Officer and is highly visible!

The Agricultural Chemical Innovation Team Leader will be responsible for developing, implementing and executing the Ag Chem Research & Development business strategy and leading our Ag Chem R&D organization.  This position will be accountable for ensuring the delivery of R&D activities in support of portfolio development for the Ag Chem business and will be the single point of accountability for delivery of all R&D components of the Ag Chem development portfolio.

The Agricultural Chemical Innovation Team Leader will provide oversight of decision-making, leadership, planning and prioritization of product development for the business, including agility in effective and efficient use of resources to meet business goals.  The incumbent will be responsible for building talent and capabilities across the function to ensure the current and future health of the organization, collaborating cross-functionally, and delivering a high level of performance.  This position is on site in NJ.

The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Serve as a key member of both the Life Sciences and Technology leadership teams and share responsibility for division-wide business priorities
  • Work hand in hand with Ag Chem Business Leader and the broader Ag Chem new product opportunities and to increase our participation with Ag Chem
  • Oversee and supervise all R&D development and innovation efforts of the Ag Chem business. Directing the design and development of new products and the improvement of existing Ag Chem products
  • Provide leadership and direction on the Ag Chem R&D Team as well as supporting groups (approx. 20 ppl)
  • Lead cross-functional teams responsible for developing specialty products leveraging broader company technologies that will fill gaps in the current portfolio and satisfy needs of the marketplace. Evaluate and ensure the organization has the competencies and structure required to implement the long-term strategy
  • Drive accountability for the selection and development of talent and succession within the organization to ensure an effective, sustainable model and talent pipeline
  • Responsible for all aspects of the budget for the Ag Chem R&D including capital and expense planning, managing the monthly forecast, and cost reductions (as necessary). Budget, plan and direct product development activities for both current and new products
  • Work as part of a team to coordinate the integration of new acquisitions into the existing portfolio
  • Partner with teams in Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Regulatory to bring new products from development to commercialization and ensure operational excellence
  • Collaborate and develop strong relationships with human resources, finance, and other center-led functions to ensure effective partnerships and alignment
  • Drive portfolio valuation process and prioritization analyses and provide strategic recommendations and long-term portfolio context to optimize the return and risk of investments
  • Contribute to competitive portfolio analysis and creation of differentiated portfolio strategies
  • Respond to regular and ad-hoc portfolio requests from stakeholders to generate relevant inputs and ensuring thorough analysis and timely recommendations to inform effective business decisions
  • Coordinate and partner closely with functions across the organization to ensure alignment of portfolio strategic decision (e.g., costs, revenues, risk, timing)
  • Forge close partnerships with other members of the Senior Leadership Team and other key stakeholders, ensuring “best practice” is incorporated into this function
  • Domestic and international travel as required to support the organization, collaborate with internal partners, and serve customers

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at

JO:  7.24SK

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

In order to be qualified for this role, you must possess the following:

  • PhD in chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, agricultural science, food science or related scientific / technical discipline required
  • 10+ years’ experience in developing new products in the agricultural, food science, pharmaceutical, specialty chemical or related industries
  • Demonstrated track record of successful technology development, new product / service launch and leveraging of external technology
  • Significant experience operating in a technical and business environment
  • Proven track record of organization development. Agile change management experience
  • Ability to influence outcomes, utilizing effective communication skills across functions and on the executive team
  • Excellent leadership skills, as evidenced by a rack record of hiring, retaining, developing and motivating top-tier scientific talent
  • Proven track record of driving accountability and fostering problem-solving within the team
  • History of translating a corporate mission into specific team objectives, breaking down organization boundaries through collaboration, building strong relationships based on trust with all levels of employees
  • Ability to become a strategic partner with business leaders, BU R&D Leaders, and Central R&D Leaders, contributes not only by identifying strategic opportunities for R&D, but also demonstrates an ability to think beyond the status quo and conceptualize innovative and visionary approaches to broad business challenges
  • Ability & desire to function at both strategic and tactical levels
  • Strategic & analytical thinking skills, pleasant and engaging style, and executive presence

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Stephanie Kemp at

JO: 7.24SK


Meet Your Recruiter

Stephanie Kemp
Sr Market Recruiting Specialist

Senior Level Recruitment Professional with more than 19 years of experience in the recruitment and placement of Industrial Chemists and Scientists Nationwide from Entry level to Executive level. Resins, Adhesives, Coatings, Plastics, Lubricants, specialty chemicals, additives, inks, and more!!
I have been very successful bringing top valued talent to my clients, and providing expert level guidance to candidates in career searches.

Send an email reminder to:

Share This Job:

Related Jobs:

Login to save this search and get notified of similar positions.