US Head, Seed & Trait Safety

Job Title
US Head, Seed & Trait Safety

Job Description
Bayer CropScience (BCS), a subgroup of Bayer AG is one of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 20,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries.
Bayer’s corporate culture is an important factor in the company’s success. Central to this culture are our values: Leadership, Integrity, Flexibility and Efficiency, summarized by the term LIFE. They provide us with guidance for our daily work as we seek solutions to the major challenges of our time, in line with our mission statement “Bayer: Science For A Better Life".
Seed & Trait Safety We offer a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefit programs. In addition to a competitive base salary, you will be eligible for an array of innovative rewards and recognition programs, variable pay and incentive opportunities as well as benefits coverage beginning on your first day of employment. We are committed to helping our employees maintain a healthy balance between their responsibilities at work and home. You will be eligible for paid time off programs, paid company holidays, flexible work options and numerous site conveniences. We are also committed to supporting your professional development through career ladders, training programs, tuition assistance and professional association events. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, we encourage you to explore how you can make a difference at Bayer by applying now. To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes. Seed & Trait Safety is a global Bayer CropScience Development expert function producing scientific data for the registration of novel regulated traits for Seeds products. Seed & Trait Safety carries out or oversees all data generation for the regulatory dossiers, including characterization studies of DNA and expressed protein in plants, field studies and grain production for food/feed risk assessment and generation of safety evaluations including human, animal & dietary and environmental safety studies. Seed & Trait Safety managers give technical support to the different market areas, expert advice and data to the Regulatory Affairs function and scientific expertise throughout the Bayer CropScience organization. They also provide scientific collaboration and guidance to government agencies, technology licensees and partner laboratories, in an overall goal of facilitating the global acceptance of novel food, feed and biotech products.
The basic purpose of the US Head of Seed & Trait Safety has day-to-day charge of the Seed & Trait Safety operations at the Morrisville laboratory and RTP greenhouse sites. He/she is responsible for the coordination of the Seed & Trait Safety teams in Morrisville with oversight of all management and administrative tasks concerning the Seed & Trait Safety operations in the US. This includes coordinating and reporting on all budget (opex and capex), HR and site infrastructure questions. The US Head of Seed & Trait Safety is also responsible for compliance of the teams with all relevant quality management and stewardship requirements, and acts as GLP Testing Facility Manager. Special projects such as purchases of large equipment, long term site plans and integration projects are administered by the US Head of Seed & Trait Safety, in conjunction with the relevant team managers. The US Head of Seed & Trait Safety is expected to maintain a high level of contact with Head of Seed & Trait Safety and the global Seed & Trait Safety managers to ensure optimal effectiveness in operations for the Morrisville site. The US Head represents Seed & Trait Safety on the US Seeds leadership team, and the Development North America Community meetings.
Position responsibilities:
• Ensure continuity and competitiveness of operations by implementing the global Seed & Trait Safety strategy for lab, greenhouse and field operations; • Develop a flexible working relationship with the Gent site and third party cooperators. Think strategically and implement innovative solutions to upcoming scientific challenges; • As a core member of the Seed & Trait Safety Leadership team ensure good relationships between all STSa functions. Work together to ensure consistent project plans, datasets and innovative solutions for current and future regulatory challenges; • With the local managers and in cooperation with US controlling, develop and administer US budgets including capex, staffing and long term site plans. Ensure the provision of adequate infrastructure by predicting short and long term needs and managing interactions with site services and other US operations; • Close interactions with other R&D functions to enable optimal use of the laboratory and greenhouse operations; • Directly oversee the PPC and FSC group leaders and Tech. team, Tech. Coordination team and QA team managers and a team of support staff for administration and other support operations; • With the local managers select and develop US staff up to the required level of competence, ensuring sufficient access and availability of future needs while keeping the US activities and resources within agreed cost and time limits; • Where necessary, interact with other R&D departments to ensure resource availability; • Act as GLP Testing Facility Manager. Ensure quality standards and traceability through quality management and laboratory information systems by managing a Quality team; • Maintain a high level of compliance with relevant standards, in particular GLP for regulated trait studies, as requested by global management; • With the local Seed & Trait Safety management team ensure that all operations are carried out according to QHSE, BioSafety and other Seeds rules and guidelines; • Act as Seed & Trait Safety, R&D Analytical Labs, and Genetics representative on the Seeds US Leadership team, Attend Development North America Community meetings, where requested; • Represent Seed & Trait Safety in local meetings, international conferences and professional associations contributing to the company’s outstanding reputation in terms of excellence and leadership.
• PhD or equivalent experience in Life Sciences with minimum 12 years sound knowledge of laboratory and field activities from personal experience; • Sound knowledge of laboratory research, including expertise in molecular biology and biochemistry; • Knowledge of regulatory requirements in biotech; • Strong experience with quality management systems (GLP); • Understands document and information management; • Flexible and autonomous; • Established Team leadership; • Basic project management skills; • Understands basic principles of management accounting (budget, forecast, actuals); • Confirmed networking and negotiation skills; • Excellent communication skills; • Able to manage diversity and multi-cultural teams.

Bayer is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Desired Skills and Expertise
Doctorate Degree


5+ years

Job Type
Full Time

Salary / package
Not Specified

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