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Corteva Agriscience Licensing Manager in Johnston, Iowa


The Technology Transfer and Licensing (TTL) group of Corteva Agriscience has an exciting new career opportunity for a Technology Licensing Manager, to be focused on in- and out-licensing of intellectual property and transfer of technology in support of its Seed & Traits R&D and business platforms.

This Licensing Manager position will be located at Corteva’s Global Business Center in Johnston, Iowa, the primary location of Corteva’s Seeds and Traits research, development, business and commercial teams. The Licensing Manager for this position will require a dynamic and goal-oriented individual with demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal); experience in contract drafting/writing, negotiation and execution, process management and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently; and a solid background in intellectual property management and/or scientific/technical arenas. This is not a people management role; this position does not have direct reports.

Who are we, and what do we do?

At Corteva Agriscience, you will help us grow what’s next. No matter your role, you will be part of a team that is building the future of agriculture – leading breakthroughs in the innovation and application of science and technology that will better the lives of people all over the world and fuel the progress of humankind.


How will you help us grow? It matters to us, and it matters to you.

  • Plan, lead and execute the diligence and agreement negotiation actions necessary to establish R&D and commercial level licenses/collaborations/alliances between Corteva and public and private entities.

  • Coordinate negotiation and alliance management related work streams with colleagues in R&D, legal, external affairs, technology acquisition, alliance management, regulatory, supply chain management, finance, etc groups in Corteva.

  • Work with Corteva finance managers and legal counsel to obtain necessary financial and legal clearances and guidance for agreements.

  • The incumbent will be skilled in the art of defining and validating terms leading to successful alliances and be capable of negotiating agreements, from term sheet to executed contract.

  • The incumbent will coordinate clearance and approval for release, license or transfer of technologies, traits and germplasm (working with others in Corteva as appropriate), and be capable of managing this process globally.

  • Administer and monitor agreement management and compliance including but not limited to (i) database entries, (ii) payment obligations, reports, exercising of options, etc. Develop and maintain strong knowledge of important agreements and their impact on new negotiations.

  • Maintain relationships with a network of contacts in both Corteva and the public and private sectors to determine shifting structures, standards/norms, roles and goals within the industry.

  • Provide guidance/training to Corteva-internal R&D and business clients with respect to Technology Transfer and Licensing processes.



What expertise have you grown? What do you bring to the table?

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological / chemical sciences or business administration required. Master’s (or higher) degree in biological / chemical sciences or business administration, or Law degree, preferred.

  • 3-5 (or more) years of experience working in an academic or corporate licensing or technology transfer function.

  • Exposure to or experience with (i) agreement negotiations, (ii) intellectual property rights, (iii) patent process and/or (iv) contracting and technology licensing issues; preferably in agriculture.

  • Understanding of intellectual property management, chemistry/biochemistry research and regulatory activities is preferred.

  • Basic knowledge in plant biology/physiology, chemistry, and/or natural products is preferred.

  • Confidence and ability to work through challenging issues in a timely and professional manner.

  • Experience in successfully managing multiple projects and deadlines within a matrixed organization with strict attention to detail and prioritization.

  • Excellent communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, and technical writing skills required.

  • Proven ability to build solid relationships, earn the confidence of internal stakeholders and demonstrate the ability to get results in timely manner with attention to timelines and deadlines.

  • Strong organizational and project management skills required.

  • Must be reliable, self-motivated, persistent and have the ability to work effectively both alone and in teams.

  • Membership and/or credentialed in a national or international professional society focused on licensing and technology transfer topics is preferred.

Our Community:

We care about you and we care that you're comfortable. While there's no place like home, Corteva comes close.

Des Moines, Iowa is the fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the Midwest with a nationally ranked high quality of living. It’s nicknamed the Silicon Prairie for its place as an up-and-coming hot spot for technology. Living here means Saturdays at the nationally renowned Downtown Farmers' Market, sporting events, a robust downtown night life and access to one of the most artistic medium sized cities. If you enjoy the outdoors, Des Moines offers beautiful nature trails for a casual walking, running or biking adventures.

It means going to a job you love and coming home to a community of friends and family. Communities care about their residents and residents care about their communities, making a difference for everyone who lives here. This is a place where culture flourishes and opportunities grow, where a work-life balance can be achieved, where education is unmatched, and award-winning arts and entertainment are right around the corner.


Let’s peek at how you can grow your wellbeing, health, and future at Corteva!

  • Strike a better work-life balance with robust time off benefits including paid maternity, paternal and family illness leave

  • Prepare for your future with our competitive retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement program, and more

  • Enjoy access to health benefits for you and your family on your first day of employment

  • And much, much more!

Ready to grow your perspectives, impact and career? Start by applying to this opportunity today!


Corteva Agriscience ™, the world's first dedicated agriculture start-up, serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what's right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.


Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class. If you need a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit: Accessibility Page for Contact Information For US Applicants: See the 'Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law' poster For our U.S. Affirmative Action Policy, click here