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Office/Administrative Projects & Social Media Coordinator

Job Purpose

The Office/Administrative Projects & Social Media Coordinator will manage and/or support multiple administrative, program and social media initiatives for a fast-paced start-up agricultural technology company.

Duties and Responsibilities

Note: This position may be open to flexible scheduling full or partial time hours.

Project Coordination

  • Responsible for all aspects of meeting and/or special events planning for the company. Including; securing meeting accommodations, any associated contract negotiations, catering, set-up/tear-down, and in-room or remote electronic meeting accesses.
  • Design and maintain a consistent process for managing Independent Contractor contracts and renewals.
  • Assist in development, management, tracking and compliance for all company safety & wellness programs.
  • Assist in the management and sourcing of training resources for all HR related compliance programs and training.
  • Manage and maintain fleet / rental vehicle system for the company including; vendor relations, check-out system, maintenance, registration/licensing/insurances. Obtain proper licenses and insurances for company-owned fleet.
  • Coordinate annual company review meeting with liability, property casualty, employee welfare plan (e.g. medical, life, disability, retirement plans, etc.) insurance representatives.
  • Create and manage a company-wide annual events calendar.

Social Media

Lead efforts to assure relevant social media platforms are utilized to help advance business opportunities and branding. This includes:

  • Monitoring various social media accounts (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, WeChat, Amazon or other emerging channels) to anticipate trends, issues or opportunities for the company
  • Proactively responding to inbound questions/comments in a timely manner
  • Following company protocols to anticipate or raise issues
  • Creating and coordinating editorial calendar, including original content generation and responses in line with company’s marketing strategy
  • Engaging employees, customers and partners to help amplify company’s message and profile on relevant channels
  • Keeping current on social media trends and best practices to increase adoption across the company.

Office Administration

  • Coordination employee and contractor on-boarding
  • In conjunction with Administrative Specialist; welcome visitors, handle incoming telephone calls, coordinate meetings and conference room reservations and employee travel arrangements
  • Support admininistrative needs of the Intellectual Property team including; assisting with filings, tracking, updating logging systems as requested.
  • Serve as back-up to the Administrative Specialist for financial tasks, procurement of office/lab/field/shop items, cell phones/plans and computer equipment as needed and requested by team members, periodic Post Office pick up.
  • Monitor office conditions and coordinate replenishment and maintenance needs, cleaning, etc.
  • Assist with science data collection and lab and/or field activities as requested.

Human Resource Support

  • Coordinate submittals for various job growth funding/grants reporting requirements
  • Coordinate information exchange with external providers for employee related benefits (e.g. family status changes, general employee data changes, etc.).
  • Track and record employee PTO use.
  • Coordinate Payroll process with external payroll / accounting service provider including: receiving hourly employee timecards, w-4 completion, reporting pay and/or employment status changes, reporting IRA and insurance information to PowerPollen accountant.

Qualifications

  • This position requires a courteous and professional individual with solid customer service experience, superb organizational skills and the ability to handle a multitude of tasks simultaneously, to meet deadlines.
  • Project and or program management experience desired.
  • Experience working with various social media platforms in a business setting.
  • Experience maintaining an efficient office environment.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, high demand environment.
  • Willing and flexible to work on a variety of tasks, learn new tasks and step in to other areas not typically within job requirements if or as needed.
  • Experience working with administrative aspects of finance and HR/payroll beneficial.
  • Excellent writing skills; creative skills (such as design, photography, etc) desired.
  • Superior attention to detail.

Working conditions

  • Generally normal office environment. Occasionally this position will be required to work in the lab environment, in or on areas of the shop floor as well as in the outdoor production agriculture fields.

Physical requirements

  • Sitting or standing for prolonged periods.
  • Consistent and long durations using a computer.
  • Outside agricultural environment which may include heat, humidity, uneven terrain, insects/pests, agricultural machinery.

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Strategic Finance Manager

Job Purpose

The Strategic Finance Manager will play a critical role to support the financing, business development, and strategy activities of the company.   This role will function as a supporting member to the PowerPollen leadership team, will help lead efforts to secure equity and debt financing and develop internal and external strategies and business plans to support commercial business development and advancement.

Duties and Responsibilities

Financial Strategy

  • Conduct in-depth proforma and techno-economic modeling to analyze and recommend commercialization and monetization scenarios and forecast long-term business plan.
  • Support all aspects of corporate financing efforts, raising equity capital, structuring debt facilities, and capitalizing joint ventures.
  • Negotiate strategic partnerships alongside executive management team to drive commercialization of technology via joint development agreements, joint ventures, and licensing.
  • Optimize corporate balance sheet by driving financial decisions through analyses of cash reserve management strategies, leasing, and credit avenues.
  • Articulate investment and business case and company progress to investor, lender, customer, partner, and internal stakeholders.
  • Conduct financial research to deeply understand commercialization opportunities for existing and next frontier technologies.

Financial Administration

Lead and work on financial and accounting activities including:

  • Budget management, financial analysis, payroll, forecasting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and financial reporting.
  • Participate in the development and support of the company’s strategic plans.
  • Monitor the financial performance of the company.
  • Prepare monthly and annual operating budgets and compile and analyze financial reporting packages.
  • Develop and manage financial controls in accordance with the company’s procedures.
  • Communicate financial metrics to senior management.
  • Lead and work on accounts receivable and accounts payable.

Qualifications

  • 3-7 years of experience working in PE/VC, investment banking, consulting, corporate development, or business development ideally within food/ag, industrial/energy, or CPG.
  • Strong finance acumen and financial modeling skills, direct transaction experience preferred.
  • Ability to flourish in a fast-paced, high-growth start-up environment.
  • Ability to translate financial business opportunities and models into illustrations of the value into revenue streams.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an aptitude to present publically to key stakeholders.
  • Prefer a strong acumen and understanding of major industry sector trends.
  • Ability to open doors and work in partnership with the technical professionals within PowerPollen and customer or prospective customer organizations.
  • Project management expertise and sound organizational and prioritization capability is a requirement.
  • Ability to quickly develop rapport and gain respect at all levels of an organization (internal & external and including shareholders, Board of Directors and other key stakeholders).
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree or MBA preferred.
  • Accounting & finance experience required with CPA preferred.
  • Must be a self-starter and self-motivated, with a team oriented attitude.
  • Approximately 25% travel expected.
  • Preference for the qualified candidate to live in the Des Moines, IA area however flexible to alternate arrangements.

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Research Scientist

Job Purpose

This Research Scientist position will progress PowerPollen®’s research theory and validation to enable scale up to large field applications.  Executing against and enabling company goal achievement through the lab and field operations.    The position will be based either from Ankeny, Iowa or Puerto Rico (to be determined based on candidate and business requirements).

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary Job Duties

  • Serve as the scientific lead of our tropical research team
  • Execute against precise science plans and company goals while gathering and providing solid input for process enhancement and improvement.
  • Serve as liaison with internal and external contacts with regard to research objectives and activities.
  • Collaborate with other researchers to develop protocols to advance our knowledge on plant reproductive physiology
  • Designing and conducting experiments independently or with minimum supervision
  • Manage research personnel in our agricultural testing sites
  • Generate and analyze data to develop understanding of pollen interactions with receptive plant tissues
  • Support data compilation, analysis, and generating technical reports and methods to support development of commercial applications in a timely manner.
  • Establish,nurture and maintain relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Guide safe and effective testing processes with the proper control strategies
  • Assist with the development and scaling of technologies for commercial deployment and facilitate process up-scaling through management of lab, growth chamber and field activities
  • Keeping current with relevant technical literature and recent scientific advances in the field
  • Contribute in the identification and implementation of new research avenues. But also open to new ideas and critical feedback from colleagues
  • Required travel 90-120 days per year: Willing to travel to within the U.S. (primarily Midwest and to the Ankeny, Iowa home office) as needed for summer research activity, training, and research meetings as needed.
  • Presenting to company leadership on key areas of accountability, providing insight, lessons learned, enhancements, issues and resolution proposals.
  • Guides and invests time on employees in order to contribute to the goals of the company and to encourage professional growth.
  • Participate in strategic planning, budgetary, safety, quality, and workforce issues for ersearch employees.
    • Field and laboratory resposibilities
      • Oversee experiment planning, planting strategy and allocation for field activities
      • Maintains oversight in all aspects of establishment and maintenance of testing grounds; including but not limited to: pest management, fertilization, isolation and harvest of experiments.
      • Follow safety protocols and positively encourage other team members to do the same.
      • Promote health, safety, and environmentally friendly field practices.
      • Review and understand field and laboratory research objectives and protocols before execution.
      • Ensure experimental methods are followed properly by field crews.
      • Closely work with local field operations personnel to identify, source, secure and manage field workers.
      • Ensure testing grounds and genotypes are adequate for the company’s larger and increasing testing and demonstration activities
      • Help design, implement and monitor process with collaborators including;  logistics and materials receipt and transfer.
      • Oversee management of the field and laboratory activities.
      • Keep detailed record of activities and produce reports and data summaries
      • Keep detailed record of activities and enter process modifications in laboratory notebooks.
      • Collaborate with other team members in complex projects synchronizing activities for best use of resources.
      • Ensure the timely production of reports and data summaries by team members

    Qualifications

    • Preferred PhD in life sciences and 3-5 years of industry experience in a science related role. MSc with additional industry experience will be considered.
    • Experience on establishing high quality field plots for research purposes.
    • Experience with plant cell analytical methods including flow cytometry, mass spec; single cell viability testing, and enzyme activity quantification. Familiarity with instrumental analysis.
    • Relevant experience with isolating, culturing, and freezing cells will be an advantage.
    • Capable of generating proper statistical designs for field and laboratory testing.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), and statistics/graphing software for data analysis and presentation.
    • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, problem-solve, prioritize assignments, and adjust priorities to meet goals in a fast-paced environment
    • Attention to detail and the ability to work individually, within a multi-disciplinary team and with external partners.
    • Capable of seeing a barrier or issue as an opportunity to overcome a challenge in the delivery of excellent results.
    • Experience working in a start-up environment or experience and genuine interest in working in a rapidly evolving and changing atmosphere including comfort working with assigned areas of responsibility as well as helping others in their areas of expertise as needed.
    • Demonstrated capability to quickly establish and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders including ability to influence, negotiate and reach mutually beneficial outcomes.
    • Skill in common agricultural practices, including management of field crops, and controlled environment facilities. Mechanical aptitude for making adjustments and identification of issues that require external support.
    • Resourceful:  able to build and maintain a network allowing for continued advancement and scaling of company capabilities. Driven, problem-solving attitude.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to train others and work with untrained personnel. Able to communicate fluently in English and Spanish, in verbal and written form.
    • Previous experience overseeing teams, crews including employees and contracted labor.
    • This position may be based in Iowa or Puerto Rico and will require the willingness to travel as needed for training, research meetings, and team building both domestically and internationally.
    • May be required to work Holidays and weekends based on project demands.

Working Conditions

This position will work in varying conditions including normal laboratory setting to typical in-season agricultural environment.  This includes working in crop fields when weather conditions are extremely hot/humid and insects are present and long periods of standing/walking may be required.  The incumbernt should be capable and interested in working in an environment that includes indoor lab conditions and outdoor agricultural conditions throughout the year.

Physical Requirements

The position involves physical activity including lifting objects up to 50 pounds, walking on uneven terrain, ability to tolerate heat and humidity typical of local field conditions, with extended hours that will vary with crop development in different locales.

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Senior Design Engineer

Job Purpose

The Senior Design Engineer will be responsible for leading design efforts for the development of products, enablement of service delivery and technology transfer in a high-technology production agriculture setting. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Utilize up-to-date engineering design technologies, tools and practices to facilitate delivery of products as well as bringing the designs from small scale prototypes to large scale production environments.
  • Support timely, controlled, and compliant design changes. Participate in multi-disciplinary collaboration with scientists, soft/hardware engineers, equipment designers, fabricators and others to pursue and achieve business objectives, on time, at cost with optimal quality. 
  • Assist in establishing protocols and participate in product qualification, contract negotiation, manufacturing processes, and production-based support documentation.
  • Execute overall systems design, development and integration of mechanical and structural systems. Progress designs all the way through detailed design, drawing generation, parts procurement, and hands-on assembly, integration and test.
  • Coordinate implementation of new designs and develop transition plans to bridge between design revisions
  • Design and analyze mechanical systems and equipment. Conducts feasibility studies and testing on new and modified designs. Ensure the designs have been validated and thoroughly documented prior to production release.
  • Assures design planning, mechanical innovation, rapid prototyping, development of test plans for design validation, systems & sub-systems testing for design validation, documenting design with state-of-the-art technology.
  • Effectively assure understandable and continuous technical communication with internal and external stakeholders. Present material in a concise and professional manner to a wide variety of individuals including customers, leadership team, co-workers, other internal or external stakeholders as needed
  • Assess and effectively understand the opportunities and challenges for technical success in new environments and facilities and help estimate timeline and cost while working to customize design solutions for specific field and/or customer situations and conditions.
  • Gather information and data from equipment and field processes to pass along to the operations, biology and research & development teams.
  • Work collaboratively with strategic equipment partners, other strategic engineering partners and with customers and their technical field teams.
  • Lead efforts for customization, technology selection, or design of systems to support specific customer equipment needs.
  • Lead projects involving internal and external engineering, fabrication, and installation teams, including site acceptance testing (SAT) of all equipment, proper commissioning and transitioning day to operation to field team members.
  • Lead relationships with external fabricators, general contractors, and vendors to ensure equipment is built, installed, and maintained on time and to PowerPollen standards.
  • Understand and conform to relevant industry, customer and PowerPollen safety standards.
  • Develop project value propositions and document engineering results in white papers, engineering reports, trade magazine articles, and conference papers
  • Stay up-to-date regarding your field of engineering and technology relative to agriculture, the production seed industry and PowerPollen.
  • Must have the ability to plan and execute work on multiple projects simultaneously and in a timely fashion.
  • Must be able to work well both independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong analytical ability, methodical approach to problem solving, attention to accuracy and detail, and excellent verbal and written communication skills are a must.

Required Skills and Knowledge

  • Experience leading or participating in large scale agricultural/industrial projects.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Industrial or Electrical Engineering
  • 10-15+ years’ experience in a technical or engineering related role, preferably in agriculture or agricultural services industry.
  • Engineering aptitude with solid hands-on mechanical skills, a commercial focus and knowledge of production agriculture systems.
  • Demonstrated prior project management experience.
  • Working knowledge of mechanical and/or hydraulic and/or electrical systems (including software).
  • Experience developing, simulating and validating systems for agriculture or construction machinery.
  • Aptitude for innovation and trouble-shooting.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work assignments to complete assignments/tasks on time.
  • Ability to apply creative approaches and ideas to solve problems, maximizing the effective use of resources.
  • Action-oriented, flexible, objective and an excellent communicator able to work effectively in both a team setting and individually with limited oversight.
  • Available to travel approximately 25% of time including domestic and international travel.
  • Ability to learn data systems and work remotely using mobile devices.
  • Can lift 50 lbs. or more on an intermittent basis.

Working Conditions

Primarily a field or fabrication shop based role with frequent interactions occurring in, stationary and mobile labs, outdoor agricultural field environments and office settings. 

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Field Operations Internship Program

As a Field Operations Intern for PowerPollenSM, the primary responsibility will be to assist in the execution of our biology and engineering technologies in large scale field operations for seed production.

We are seeking individuals that are highly organized, willing to adapt to changing work conditions, self-motivated with a positive attitude, strong aptitude for problem solving & innovation and comfortable working independently or as a collaborator with high performance teams.

Responsibilities

As a field operations intern for PowerPollen®, your primary responsibility will be to assist in several aspects of our technology for the 2020 corn seed production season. Other responsibilities are as follows:

Field

  • Assist with development, implementation, execution, and improvement of experimental protocols
  • Participate in experiment setup and ensure experimental methods are followed
  • Organize field layout with tags and execute data collection
  • Logistics planning and support in seed production rescue opportunities

Laboratory/Greenhouse/Growth Chamber

  • Provide support for greenhouse/growth chamber and laboratory experiments and including; developing, refining and following protocols, care of plant material, sample collection, data collection and analysis
  • Utilize best practice laboratory skills

General

  • Keep detailed record of activities and produce reports and data summaries
  • Drive company owned and leased vehicles safely, potentially assigned to tow/haul
  • Become familiar with and follow all safety protocols and encourage other team members to do the same

Requirements

  • 2 or more years college level academics preferably agriculture or biology related
  • 2+ years college level academics preferably agriculture or biology related
  • Familiarity with the seasonality of agriculture and commit to the in-season time requirements including long days and weekends (typically July & August)
  • Capable and interested in working in a face-paced and diverse environments that includes; warehouse ad  indoor lab conditions and outdoor agricultural field conditions including: high heat & humidity, insect exposure, uneven terrains, narrow and sight limited workspaces with active agricultural equipment in operation
  • Willing to travel as needed (primarily Midwestern US)
  • Willingness to cross-train for other jobs within the organization as needed
  • Ability to walk, stand or sit for prolonged periods
  • Ability to drive field / off-road vehicles for prolonged periods
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and protection of PowerPollenSM critical and proprietary assets including systems, equipment and knowledge
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record
  • Prior farm, field or agricultural work a plus
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbsy assets

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Biology Internship Program

As a Biology Intern for PowerPollenSM, the primary responsibility will be to execute precise biological experiments to aid in process and technology enhancement and improvement.

We are seeking individuals that are highly organized, willing to adapt to changing work conditions, self-motivated with a positive attitude, strong aptitude for problem solving & innovation and comfortable working independently or as a collaborator with high performance teams.

Responsibilities

  • Apply best practice laboratory skills utilizing various media, sterilizers, stereoscope, microscope and other related microbiology tools and techniques
  • Ensure experimental methods are followed properly by reviewing and understanding protocols and objectives
  • Keep detailed record of activities and process modifications and produce reports and data summaries
  • Assist in preparing for discussions with company leadership on key areas of accountability, summer field and lab observations, improvement opportunities and season end internship overview
  • Become familiar with and follow all safety protocols and encourage other team members to do the same
  • Driving company owned and leased vehicles safely, potentially assigned to tow/haul

Requirements

  • 2+ years college level academics preferably agriculture or biology related
  • Familiarity with the seasonality of agriculture and commit to the in-season time requirements including long days and weekends (typically July & August)
  • Capable and interested in working in a face-paced and diverse environments that includes indoor lab conditions and outdoor agricultural field conditions including: high heat & humidity, insect exposure, uneven terrains, narrow and sight limited workspaces with active agricultural equipment in operation
  • Willing to travel as needed (primarily Midwestern US)
  • Willingness to cross-train for other jobs within the organization as needed
  • Ability to walk, stand or sit for prolonged periods
  • Ability to drive field / off-road vehicles for prolonged periods
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and protection of PowerPollenSM critical and proprietary assets including systems, equipment and knowledge
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record
  • Prior farm, field or agricultural work a plus
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs

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Engineering Internship Program

As an Engineering Intern for PowerPollenSM, the primary responsibility will be to to assist engineers in creating, implementing and supporting state-of-the-art systems which enhance yields in agricultural crops.

We are seeking individuals that are highly organized, willing to adapt to changing work conditions, self-motivated with a positive attitude, strong aptitude for problem solving & innovation and comfortable working independently or as a collaborator with high performance teams.

Responsibilities

  • Aid engineering staff to create mechanical, pneumatic and electrical system schematics, assemblies, specify parts, generate bill of materials, prototype creation including hands on testing and trouble shooting
  • Assist in preparing estimates and proposals and prepare technical reports
  • Coordinate with external manufacturing and engineering for design and manufacturing projects
  • Take direction from and work under the mentorship of senior level engineering staff
  • Plan and execute on multiple projects simultaneously and in a timely fashion

Requirements

  • 2 years college level academics in bio-tech, agricultural, electrical, mechanical engineering, or related technology degree
  • Previous Co-op/Internship experience with an engineering firm helpful
  • Working knowledge of SolidWorks, Pro E, OrCAD, Altium or similar CAD design software
  • Proficiency in MS Windows, Office, Access, VISIO, and other related software packages
  • Strong analytical ability, a methodical approach to problem solving, attention to accuracy and detail
  • Aptitude and willingness to contribute on all levels of engineering projects
  • Familiarity with the seasonality of agriculture and commit to the in-season time requirements including long days and weekends (typically July & August)
  • Capable and interested in working in a face-paced and diverse environments that includes indoor lab conditions and outdoor agricultural field conditions including: high heat & humidity, insect exposure, uneven terrains, narrow and sight limited workspaces with active agricultural equipment in operation
  • Willing to travel as needed (primarily Midwestern US) to conduct technology integration and testing
  • Willingness to cross-train for other jobs within the organization as needed
  • Ability to walk, stand or sit for prolonged periods
  • Ability to drive field / off-road vehicles for prolonged periods
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and protection of PowerPollenSM critical and proprietary assets including systems, equipment and knowledge
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record
  • Prior farm, field or agricultural work a plus
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs

PowerPollen® is an equal opportunity employer.

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Get In Touch:

Todd Krone, CEO - todd.krone@accagtech.com
Jason Cope, CTO - jason.cope@accagtech.com
Main Office Phone - (515) 262-5502

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