Industrial Innovation Manager

Company Name:
Iowa Corn Promotion Board
The Company
The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) was established in 1977 to fund research, market development and education projects related to corn. Today, corn farmers pay 1 cent per bushel checkoff to create new markets for corn. The company is headquartered in Johnston, Iowa (www.iowacorn.org). The ICPB is governed by leading agricultural producers from Iowa who serve on the board of directors. The ICPB has a track record of success. In 1979, the ICPB introduced ethanol blended fuels to the market at five Coop gas stations. It helped launch new sweeteners, polylactic acid (PLA) and other products made from corn. Many of these markets continue to grow.
Position Summary:
The Industrial Innovation Manager will manage research and business development projects relating to new bio-based products derived from corn. The position will evaluate opportunities for research and investment with industry partners to develop and commercialize new products. This individual is responsible for managing the new uses projects, seeking additional funding from grants and negotiating other agreements with government, university, and industry partners. The Industrial Innovation Manager will also work with Iowa Corn Opportunities, LLC to evaluate investments in entrepreneurial companies.
The incumbent will:
Document, evaluate and manage results of joint initiatives between Iowa Corn and university or industry partners.
Write and submit grant proposals for funding to leverage Iowa Corn Promotion Boards investment.
Evaluate, negotiate, and manage investments in company technology for commercialization.
Manage intellectual property including patent applications, trade secrets, and know-how.
Evaluate economic model data and results to identify commercial opportunities and evaluate competing technology.
Document market analysis and technology assessments to evaluate market potential and value proposition.
Identify partners for commercialization, present results and negotiate the terms of a research, license or other agreement.
Monitor research efforts of industry and government agencies to evaluate opportunities and determine investment priorities.
Identify research partners, develop a plan and a budget for projects or investments and present them to the appropriate staff or committee for approval.
Coordinate research efforts with the National Corn Growers Association, other state corn grower organizations and other organizations in Iowa.
Create written summaries of project results and relevant public information for communication staff to use for public relations and communication with growers.
This position also initiates or is directed by the Director of Research & Development to perform additional duties or tasks to support Iowa Corns mission.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
Education/Experience: This individual must have a bachelors degree with five plus years of industry experience. The person must have a desire to learn and some knowledge about intellectual property, licensing, technology transfer, new product development, or industrial processing.
Language Skills: Its important to be able to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. The person must have the ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. The person must have the ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques that conform to prescribed style and format.
Reasoning Ability: The person must be able to work with professional staff and boards of directors. They must be able to accept input from several constituent groups, address constituent recommendations, and focus on key priorities. The person must be able to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Certifications, Licenses, and Other Registrations: A valid drivers license is required.
Personal Computer/Office Skills: The person must be able to utilize Microsoft Access, Microsoft Outlook, develop Power Point presentations, Excel spreadsheets, and compose letters and reports in Word documents.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This individual must be able to effectively work with and manage consultants and subcontractors for related projects.
Other Skills and Attributes: The person must be a team-oriented individual with strong project management skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills.
Environmental Conditions:
Association employees work in a professional office environment that is highly visible to its members, and is entirely smoke free. Work is completely indoors in a ventilated office area. The office has moderate noise levels typical of a business office with computers, printers, and light traffic. Travel outside the city may occur several times a year with overnight stays of one to four nights. The individual must be available at times outside normal working hours for meetings.
Physical and Mental Demands:
The physical and mental demands of this position are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel objects, tools, or controls, and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The incumbent must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and color vision, depth perception, and ability to focus.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The Iowa Corn Growers Association reserves the right to review each requested accommodation and determine if such poses an undue hardship.
Behavioral Expectations:
This individual will represent Iowa Corn positively, professionally, courteously and effectively.
They must assist or take on new tasks to help Iowa Corn achieve its mission.
Its important to maintain confidentiality regarding personnel and organizational information.
Showing sensitivity and respect for the cultural and ethnic diversity of members, staff, community members and groups is important.
The employee must model Iowa Corns Code of Ethics at all times.
The description given is intended only to provide information about the general nature of the job and is not an all-inclusive list of the job duties, skills or abilities that may change from time-to-time.

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