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Commercial Operations Leader

Job purpose

PowerPollen® is an agriculture technology provider offering an opportunity to accelerate the adoption of our technology and increase productivity for our customers. The Commercial Operations Leader will be part of a team that is enabling a new industry, “Pollination on Demand”. 

The Commercial Operations Leader is accountable for developing pollination service providers and transitioning technology from PowerPollen to commercial customers and pollination service providers. This transition capability is critical in PowerPollen expansion to larger field operations in multiple locations and geographies with key seed production customers.  

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

Leads the technology transfer from PowerPollen to customers and pollination service providers. Collaborates with internal leaders in engineering, biology, operations, and business development to verify customers and pollination service providers can safely and effectively operate PowerPollen processes and equipment independently using approved operating procedures and PowerPollen  proprietary formulations and software.

Also serves as the lead for internal commercial services operations that support customer field demonstrations and rescue opportunities for customer fields with pollination issues. This work may be performed by PowerPollen employees or contracted pollination service providers under the direction of the Commercial Operations Leader.

Related to customers:

  • Build and maintain customer relationship by managing customer expectations and nurturing long lasting
  • Promote effective outcomes that meet or exceed customer expectations and ensure customer issues are satisfactorily resolved.
  • Coordinate technology transfer to customers:
    • Capture customer input and act to appropriately address customer needs.
    • Manage relationships with key customer employees
    • Manage relationships with internal team members to support the customer.
    • Develop templates, methods, guidelines, and policies to facilitate efficient and accurate technology transfer.

Related to pollination service providers:

  • Must be able to build and maintain a network of independent pollination service providers in multiple locations and geographies to support customer and company pollination needs, manage expectations and nurture long lasting
    • Identify parties capable of providing pollinationservices for PowerPollen®
    • Guide development of those parties’ equipment and skill capabilities.
    • Facilitate information exchange systems that enable knowledge sharing, process effectiveness and continuous improvement.
  • Coordinate internal and external resources to deliver cost effectivepollinationservices to the customer:
    • Handle pollinationservice contracts and direct support services.
    • Manage relationships with pollinationservice providers.
    • Manage relationships with internal team members to support the service business.
    • Develop templates, methods, guidelines, and policies to facilitate efficient and accurate field service delivery.

Related to internal company operations:

  • Interacts with the leadership team to understand research and operation objectives.
  • Works in close collaboration with the Business Development leader to assess and coordinate value opportunities for PowerPollen®. Recommends improvements to procedures, contracts, and agreements.
  • Presents to company leadership on key areas of accountability, providing insight, lessons learned, enhancements, issues and resolution proposals. Provides input to strategic decisions affecting the functional area of responsibility.
  • Prepares department budget and recommends areas of savings. Partners in efforts to reduce operational cost; particularly those associated with pollinationservice efforts.
  • Evaluates manufacturing or procurement challenges and constraints and implements solutions to overcome.
  • Develops and deploys effective logistical solutions ensuring:
    • Sufficient equipment is available to service the customer and equipment is in good operating condition.
    • Candidate fields are identified and equipment is in place in a timely manner.
    • Equipment is moved efficiently between fields.
    • Plans operational needs before, during and after prime season.
  • Organizes and oversees the schedules and work of assigned staff.
  • Measures and reports on productivity by analyzing performance data, financial data, and activity reports.
  • Recommends improvements to procedures.
  • Defines capacity, resources, logistics, and supply chain planning.

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Experience in managing complex logistic challenges and developing and optimizing resource utilization.
  • Interested in translating and utilizing past and current capabilities into a new industry role.
  • Willing to create a new process and participate in the testing and execution of that process to fully understand its effectiveness and ramifications/advantages/disadvantages.
  • Resourceful: able to build and maintain a network allowing for continued advancement and scaling of company capabilities.
  • Proven ability to oversee and manage multiple teams of moderate complexity (6-10) including employees and contracted labor.
  • Capable of resolving escalated issues arising from operations that require coordination with other departments.
  • Desire to be a part of a start-up environment in high-tech agriculture.
  • Flexible, jack of all trades, willing to step in when/where needed and go appropriately outside the boundaries of job description.
  • Transitions concepts into implementable actions.
  • Experience with contract compliance.
  • Experienced in leading teams, managing external relationships and garnering internal collaboration support.  Highly oriented to customer service including understanding how toassist customers in understanding potential, what they need balanced against what they believe they want.
  • Prefer experience in agriculture and field operations. Corn seed/grain is preferred but willing to trade off this knowledge and experience for strong experience in creating new industries and/or technology transfer.
  • Bachelor’s degree plus 10 or more years ofmanagerial and relevant experience.
  • Positive and driven, with a problem-solving attitude and a highly organized, proven team player.
  • Demonstrated capability to quickly establish and nurture relationships with key stakeholders including ability to influence, negotiate, and reach mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Capable and interested in working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment that includes field, office, warehouse, and lab conditions throughout the year.
  • Flexible: willing to grow with the job to take advantage of opportunities as they emerge.
  • Capable of seeing a barrier or issue as a challenge and opportunity in the delivery of excellent results.
  • Willing to travel (estimated 30-40%, with periods of extended travel e.g. 2 – 3 weeks at a site), possibly on short-notice. Travel will include both domestic U.S. and international.

PowerPollen® will not sponsor H1-B visa for this position.

Working conditions

This position requires work in varying conditions including field, office, warehouse, and laboratory spaces throughout the year including in crop fields when weather conditions are extremely hot/humid and insects are present.  Safe operation of motor vehicles on and off road of various types including field equipment and towing may be expected.

Physical requirements

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

PowerPollen® is an equal opportunity employer.

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Marketing Communications Manager

Job purpose

The Marketing Communications Manager will collaborate with department leaders and external partners to lead a broad range of communications efforts to support the organization’s corporate goals and build excitement, awareness, visibility and brand image for PowerPollen®. This position will create content while maintaining consistent branding and marketing messages.

  • Leads and advises on consistent PowerPollen® branding strategy and themes including published and in-person branding opportunities and efforts.
  • Leads the company communications engagement strategy including establishing objectives, target audience and effectiveness assessments.
    • Create and manage an editorial calendar including original content generation.
    • Co-coordinate and influence the content of a company-wide annual events calendar.
    • Tracks and reports on media placements, video views, social media hits and campaign results.
  • Manage powerpollen.com and all social platforms to ensure meaningful and current content, consistency and any issues are managed and resolved in a timely manner. Keep current on social media trends and best practices to increase adoption across the company.
  • Conceptualize, design, and produce brand-compliant creative content for print and digital materials.
  • Manage all press releases, media advisories and corporate communications/announcements (both external and internal).
  • Participate in the planning and execution of corporate events such as industry tradeshows, technology showcases and demonstrations, annual meetings etc. Plan and execute our presence at customer and industry facing events.
  • Assist in the preparation of content for investor and shareholder relations materials and is responsible for the storage of the documents.
  • Coordinate legal and compliance approvals for all marketing materials.
  • Manage the department’s annual and monthly budget.
  • Manages use of internal and external resources related to communications, marketing and public relations including vendor and service provider management.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in marketing, communications, advertising, journalism, public relations or related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of related experience in marketing, communications or public relations at either a marketing agency or in corporate marketing department.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have the demonstrated ability to carry out detailed written and oral instructions, facilitate leadership and management skills, set priorities and accomplish duties of the position with little supervision and direction.
  • Experience working with various social media platforms in a business setting.
  • Strong computer skills are required. Must be skilled in PowerPoint and other Microsoft Office programs. Experience with Adobe InDesign or similar desktop publishing software is preferred.
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain productive working relationships with internal business partners and external agency partners.
  • Ability to multi-task, anticipate what’s next and thrive in a fast-paced environment; self-motivated, creative, flexible and adaptable to new situations
  • 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.
  • Some travel is required, related to events.
  • PowerPollen will not sponsor an H-1B for this position. 

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 particulary as it related to events planning.

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.

PowerPollen® is an equal opportunity employer.

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Accounting Manager

Job purpose:

The Accounting Manager will play a critical role in developing and guiding internal processes that align with accounting standards compliance and create efficiencies and effectiveness for PowerPollen® financial systems.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Prepares for, coordinates and facilitates monthly, quarterly and year-end leadership team financial review session.
  • Prepares monthly financial statements.
  • Prepares reporting for CEO (and leadership) monthly to view budgets against actuals and provides insight and financial guidance on variances.
  • Works with monthly business and banking reconciliations, daily/weekly financial reporting requirements and requests.
  • Develop and manage financial controls in accordance with the company’s procedures including managing cadence and compliance with invoicing and expense management.
  • Provides accounting and financial related information to be used for internal or external analysis and presentation.
  • Prepares and maintains current balance sheets, P&L, accounts payable/receivables.
  • Works with leadership to define and track annual budgets (both corporate and departmental) along with monitoring funding for sponsored research and large scale projects
  • Leads processes to assure income and expenses are properly allocated within business budget centers.
  • Leads effort to prepare for and participate in external and internal audits.
  • Ensure monthly, quarterly, and annual financial and tax reporting is completed accurately and timely.
  • Oversees the payroll function.  

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years professional accounting experience: private or public accounting.
  • Bachelor’s degree with CPA preferred and knowledge of general accounting practices and account reconciliations.
  • Experience with financial modeling.
  • Highly profient with Quickbooks, Excel and other financial analysis tools and MS Office Suite.
  • Experience working with debits/credits, financial reporting, accounts payable, fixed assets, sales/use tax and creation of internal financial systems and processes. 
  • Familiar with and experience using generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Experience with ADP Total Source payroll or similar payroll processing services.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills with attention to detail.
  • Solid inter-personal, organizational and communication skills.
  • Self –starter with the ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment with deadlines

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.

PowerPollen will not sponsor an H-1B for this position. 

PowerPollen® is an equal opportunity employer.

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Technology Transfer Manager

Job purpose:

The Technology Transfer Manager will progress PowerPollen®research theory and validation into scale up and large field operations.  Executing against and enabling company goal achievement through field commercialization of proprietary technologies.  Develop and lead effective relationships with key accounts.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate process up-scaling and effectiveness through leadership of field activities.
  • Follow safety protocols and positively encourage other team members to do the same.
  • Provide leadership for field inspection to identify value opportunities of PowerPollen®in seed field situations.
  • Provide guidance and leadership to teams internal to PowerPollen® and to customers that enables value capture from field opportunities.
  • Communicate with customers and internally to capitalize on opportunities.
  • Collaborate to optimize all aspects of PowerPollen® operations to achieve optimal efficiency, effectiveness, and outcomes of PowerPollen®  
  • Interact effectively with the leadership team to understand research and operation objectives.
  • Assist with development, implementation, execution, and improvement of protocols and Standard Operating Practices (SOPs).
  • Provide support of technology transfer to key accounts.
  • Support the integration of PowerPollen® field experience and learnings into protocols, SOPs, and process improvements for PowerPollen® and translation of this information into user documentation for technology transfers.
  • Ensure optimal customer experience via effective technology transfer of all key aspects of PowerPollen®
  • Effectively support key accounts
  • Manage customers’ expectations and nurture long lasting relationships that maximize PowerPollen®
  • Establish,nurture and maintain relationships with key stakeholders including PowerPollen® team members, PowerPollen®  customers, land owners/farmers/growers, equipment providers, labor management vendors, and providers, and local AG community stakeholders.
  • Capable and interested in working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment that includes field, warehouse and lab conditions throughout the year.
  • Presenting to company leadership on key areas of accountability, providing insight, lessons learned, enhancements, issues and resolution proposals.

Qualifications:

  • Positive and driven, with a problem-solving attitude and a highly organized, proven team player.
  • S. in biological sciences plus 5+ years field experience in maize seed production.
  • Demonstrated capability to quickly establish and nuture relationships with key stakeholders including ability to influence, negotiate, and reach mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Resourceful: able to build and maintain a network allowing for continued advancement and scaling of company capabilities.
  • Flexible: willing to grow with the job to take advantage of opportunities as they emerge.
  • Four+ years experience overseeing teams and crews including employees and contracted labor, demonstrating a talent for working in and developing highly effective teams.
  • Capable of seeing a barrier or issue as an opportunity to overcome a challenge in the delivery of excellent results.
  • Self-motivated and driven to deliver successful outcomes..
  • Willing to travel as needed, possibly on short-notice, and for extended durations (e.g. 2 – 3 weeks at a site). Additional travel to off-season locations both domestic U.S. and international for extended times possible.

Working conditions

This position requires work in varying conditions including field, warehouse and laboratory spaces throughout the year including in crop fields when weather conditions are extremely hot/humid and insects are present.  Safe operation of moter vehicles on and off road of various types including field equipment and towing may be expected.

Physical requirements

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

PowerPollen will not sponsor an H-1B for this position. 

PowerPollen® is an equal opportunity employer.

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Research Associate - Wheat

Job purpose

The Research Associate position will support a PowerPollen® &  BASF collaboration aimed at further developing and applying PowerPollen’s patented pollen preservation and application technology to BASF’s proprietary wheat program. 

This Research Associate position will work closely with the leading Scientists on R&D efforts of our wheat focused collaboration.  Key objectives will include:

  • Preserving viability of wheat pollen to levels amenable for commercial use.
  • Development of scalable mechanical tools for wheat pollen handling (co-led with engineering group).

This Research Associate position will support scientific progress toward validation and scaling up for large field applications through:

  • Executing against and enabling company goal achievement through lab, controlled environment/greenhouse and field operations.
  • Collaborating with researchers on both the PowerPollen and BASF teams, to develop protocols to advance our knowledge on plant reproductive physiology.
  • Establish,nurture and maintain relationships with key internal and external stakeholders of both PowerPollen®and BASF.
  • Support and or be involved in the presentation to PowerPollen® and BASF leadership on key areas of accountability, providing insight, lessons learned, enhancements, issues and resolution proposals.

The selected candidate will be based in or near the Des Moines, Iowa metro area with frequent travel to other Midwest regions and areas where wheat is grown. 

Primary job duties and responsibilities:

  • Support the scientific lead in a collaboration focused on the development of wheat pollen and pollination technologies.
  • Generate and analyze data to develop understanding of pollen interactions with receptive plant tissues.
  • Conduct data compilation, analysis, and generating technical reports and methods to support development of commercial applications in a timely manner.
  • Maintain relationships with key internal and external stakeholders (including those with both companies involved in the wheat collaboration).
  • 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.

Lab: 

  • Follow safety and aseptic protocols.
  • Accurately calculate, translate and prepare large scale dilutions, and solutions from small concentrations.
  • Utilize best practice laboratory skills to study and prepare cell cultures utilizing germination media, sterilizers, stereoscope, microscope and other related microbiology tools and techniques.
  • Review and understand lab research objectives and protocols before execution
  • 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.
  • Produce reports and data summaries

Field: 

  • Follow safety protocols and positively encourage other team members to do the same.
  • Review and understand field 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 plant sample collection processes including: team/crew logistics, safety, equipment availability and operation, activity timing, scheduling and administrative coordination.
  • Coordinate plant sample collection, storage and manipulation.
  • Keep detailed record of activities and produce reports and data summaries

Growth Chambers:

  • Monitor and maintain plant health and viability by overseeing: water, fertilize, pest control, plant disposal, supply availability and replenishment.
  • Maintain growth chambers including; lighting, canopy glass, chamber cleanliness, climate control and coordination with outsourced mechanical climate control vendor.
  • Chamber maintenance including; compressor cleaning, painting, cabinet cleanliness.
  • May drive a forklift or a truck to perform growth chamber related duties.

Qualifications:

  • Positive and driven, with a problem-solving attitude
  • 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. 
  • BS degree plus some entry level experience in a science related role, wheat related is advantageous.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated capability to quickly establish and nurture 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
  • Previous experience overseeing teams, crews including employees and contracted labor. 
  • Highly organized, capable of seeing a barrier or issue as an opportunity to overcome a challenge in the delivery of excellent results.
  • Self-motivation and independent drive with an ability to work with highly effective teams
  • Capable and interested in working in an environment that includes indoor lab conditions and outdoor agricultural conditions throughout the year.
  • Willingness to travel with potential for some extended travel periods throughout the year.
  • PowerPollen will not sponsor an H-1B visa for this position.

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.

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.

PowerPollen® is an equal opportunity employer.

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Research Scientist - Wheat

Job purpose

This Scientist position will lead a PowerPollen® & BASF collaboration aimed at further developing and applying PowerPollen’s patented pollen preservation and application technology to BASF’s proprietary wheat program. This Scientist role role will have accountability to drive the collaboration efforts toward improving cross-pollination and accelerating the development of hybrid wheat.

Key objectives will include:
• Preserving viability of wheat pollen to levels ameanable for commercial use.
• Development of scalable mechanical tools for wheat pollen handling (co-led with engineering group).

This Scientist position will progress PowerPollen(R) research theory and validation to enable scale up to large field applications. Executing against and enabling company goal achievement through lab and field operations.

The selected candidate will be based in or near the Des Moines, Iowa metro area (officed in Ankeny, IA) with frequent travel to other midwest regions. Consideration will be given for locating in or near the Midwest U.S.

Duties and responsibilities

• Serve as the scientific lead in the BASF – PowerPollen collaboration, focused on the development of wheat pollen and pollination technologies.
• 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 researchers on both the PowerPollen and BASF teams, to develop protocols to advance our knowledge on plant reproductive physiology.
• Designing and conducting experiments independently.
• Manage research personnel at 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 of both PowerPollen and BASF.
• 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.
• Remain continuously 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.
• Presenting to PowerPollen and BASF leadership on key areas of accountability, providing insight, lessons learned, enhancements, issues and resolution proposals.
• Guides and invests time with 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

Qualifications

• MS in life sciences with minimum of 3-5 year industry experience required. PhD with post doc experience plus 2-3 years industry experience in a science related role are preferred.
• Prefer formal training and research experience in breeding and/or pollination technologies in important agricultural crops.
• Cryogenics experience in agricultural crops, vegetables, horticulture, the animal kingdom or human cells will be a plus.
• Relevant experience with isolating, culturing, and freezing cells desired.
• Experience establishing high quality field and/or lab experiments 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.
• Skill in common agricultural practices, including management of field crops, and controlled environment facilities.
• Experience in generating data in controlled environments and generating statistical designs for field and laboratory testing.
• Proficiency in Microsoft (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), and statistics/graphing software for data analysis and presentation.
• Ability to work Independently or within a multi-disciplinary internal or external team
• Able to maintain objective perspective and demonstrate a detail oriented, data-driven and problem solving aptitude.
• Capable of seeing a barrier as an opportunity to overcome a challenge in the delivery of excellent results.
• Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task, problem-solve, prioritize and adjust to meet goals.
• Comfortable working on assigned areas of responsibility as well as stepping in to assist others in their areas of expertise as needed.
• Demonstrated capability to maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders including ability to influence, negotiate and reach mutually beneficial outcomes.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to train others.
• Previous experience overseeing teams and crews including both employees and contracted labor.
• Willingness to travel periodically and for durations of up to 2 weeks at a time.
• PowerPollen will not sponsor an H-1B visa for this position.

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.

PowerPollen® is an equal opportunity employer.

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