KWS is an innovative and long-established plant breeding and seed company with global headquarters in Germany. For more than 150 years, we have been breeding and marketing high-performance varieties for the modern farmer. Our crops include sugar beet, corn, and cereals, as well as oil seed crops and potatoes. We are expanding our vision, and have created a Digital Innovation Accelerator Department (DIA@KWS) located in St. Louis, MO, the country’s leading agribusiness hub and one of the fastest growing centers for startups. The DIA@KWS will operate between two rapidly developing fields: Digitalization and 21st Century Agriculture.
Agriculture, like that device in your hand you call a “phone,” is in the midst of a digital revolution. As we strive to feed the world responsibly, digital tools support the development of seeds that yield more food and land that is cultivated more sustainably. You have experience building teams who can transform an idea into a product. You may be trained as a scientist, a data analyst, an agronomist, or an engineer, but you know how to bring people with all of those backgrounds together to make technology work.
The Project Handler I will work within a global team and will identify and test new digital tools and technologies so that the best can be adopted into the parent company. The Project Handler, who will act as a Project Manager, will define the vision, milestones, and deliverables to demonstrate proof-of-concept for new technologies, then build a team to execute the plan and promote integration of the technology into KWS. The team will work closely with the parent company, but in an independent environment that promotes creative and innovative thought. A robust benefit package is offered with this job and international travel is required.
• Study a new technology and articulate a clear vision: what is the opportunity here? How can this technology help us develop better seeds and deliver better services to farmers?
• Make a plan: Define the milestone that will confirm proof of concept and delineate the steps and deliverables along the path.
• Assemble a team: find the people you need inside and outside KWS to support the plan and meet the milestone. Turn them into committed partners.
• Communicate: within your team, outside your team – help all stakeholders see your vision and understand their role in making it happen.
• Be open and nimble: learn from the people you communicate with, recognize how your plan must change with unanticipated results. Know when to stick to your plan and when to turn on a dime.
• Deliver results on time and as promised: execute the plan with a fail-fast orientation.
• Coach adoption: projects that achieve proof-of-concept will need to be shepherded into KWS. Prepare the stakeholders who will adopt this technology to make it work in their business area and roll it out to related business areas.