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Corteva Agriscience Research Operations Lead in Windfall, Indiana


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!

Coordinates the leadership of day-to-day management at the Research Center.

Serves as the liaison between all process leads at the center level and serves as the overall key contact for the center.

Ensures safe, effective and efficient management of Research Center processes at the local level.

Plans for Research resources (manpower, machinery, equipment and tools and facilities) needed to produce high quality data, on-time field operations, meet winter research seed production and product advancement schedules.


  • Manage and accountable for the daily center operations, ensuring on-time completions to meet research and business needs.

  • Plan, organize, and direct research operations to ensure the most effective use of assets while meeting research/business objectives; may include, but not limited to the management of: personnel, equipment, facility and land use.

  • Manage research operations through subordinate staff that have full accountabilities for their respective area(s).

  • Coordinate the research center leadership team meetings by developing agendas, schedules, and ensuring appropriate follow-ups.

  • Effective management of land cooperators and off –site storage.

  • Ensure Regulatory compliance (safety, DOT, wage/hour laws, USDA, EPA, etc).

  • Hold regular team meetings to provide short term and long term task direction, along with timely business updates.

  • Meet with employees individually to stay abreast of business issues, workload levels, and employee concerns.

  • May participate in field activities as determined by specific location needs.

Tactical Planning (3-12 months)

  • Work with research center leadership team to proactively plan and address future needs.

  • Participate in the labor planning for all regular, temporary, and seasonal research staff.

  • Review of operations and fixed projections and implement corrective actions to stay within budget.

  • Implement best productivity practices at center and ensure these practices are sustained.

  • Monitor and manage capacity constraints, equipment problems, labor scheduling, etc. to ensure research goals are met.

  • Identify and resolve problems with help as needed from the local center leadership team and upper management.

Teamwork and Employee Development:

  • Coach, support and develop employees on their team in a manner that fosters effective collaboration and teamwork, demonstrating and modeling the Core Values.

  • Establish and support individual and team performance goals that are attainable and aligned with business strategy.

  • Hold employees accountable for achieving performance results and demonstrating work behaviors that promote collaboration and teamwork in an effective manner while demonstrating and modeling the Core Values.

  • Recognize and value employees through ongoing recognition of individual and team results.

  • Strongly encourage employee feedback and ideas for process improvements.

Promote a Culture that Demonstrates Core Values While Generating High Quality Results

  • Promote health, safety, and environmentally- friendly practices

  • Ensure SHE programs are implemented and fully executed

  • Ensure all employees at the center are engaged in Safety

  • Model and enforce the Life Saving Rules

  • Foster a positive Safety Culture on and off the job

  • Ensure RMS and Management Review is in place and effective.

  • Provide oversight of and monitor quality levels through all stages of research processes and testing.

  • Organize and facilitate the management review meetings and ensure continual improvement of the RMS is occurring


  • Work in conjunction with Research Scientist(s) and EZ Lead(s) to establish project goals consistent with business unit goals which reflect internal and external customer needs.

  • Provide management, scientific leadership and creativity when initiating, designing, and executing research within/across projects.

  • Remain current on new technology by participating in professional meetings, career development activities and by encouraging others to bring information into research activities.

  • May be involved with scientific studies to support breeding program or department per the employees interest and skill set (molecular breeding involvement, product advancement, regulated testing, disease related work, etc.)

  • May monitor research progress and meet with participating researchers to identify problems and opportunities impacting the business unit.

  • May communicate with research leadership, business unit contacts, and/or external collaborators on progress of product opportunities and makes recommendations regarding product testing and evaluation process.

  • May participate in product selection, advancements, assignment of rankings, etc. This may include preparing and analyzing data, keeping records or otherwise facilitating advancement meetings.

  • May serve on teams appropriate to cross project research initiatives.

  • May contribute to scientific publications, conferences and patent applications.

May plan and conduct comprehensive research programs which further the development of value-added products or support associated research projects.



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

Masters Degree or Bachelor’s Degree with equivalent experience in Agriculture related field

5 -7 years experience in Research operations

Supervisory or leadership experience critical

Physical ability to lift 30lbs, ability to work outside in all kinds of weather, ability to stand/sit for extended periods, ability to travel overnight, sometimes for an extended period.

Working Conditions

Primarily in a Research Center setting with regular interaction taking place in a high traffic & activity plant/warehouse areas, plus frequent visits to field locations. High workload with long hours and weekend work during seasonal peaks. Occasional travel within region.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Requires ability to look several months forward to anticipate labor needs, resource needs, space requirements, etc. Research operations knowledge combined with prior management skills and the ability to supervise/handle multiple tasks at one time is critical. Need leadership capabilities to motivate others, initiate projects, make decisions, and effectively solve problems. Excellent interpersonal/communication skills are required for fostering teamwork, enhancing a good working environment, and effectively developing strong working relationships with a diverse group of people


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


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