Weed and Pest Trait Discovery Lead/Hemipteran Discovery Lead
Chesterfield, MO 
Posted 27 days ago
Job Description

At Bayer we're visionaries, driven to solve the world's toughest challenges and striving for a world where ,Health for all, Hunger for none' is no longer a dream, but a real possibility. We're doing it with energy, curiosity and sheer dedication, always learning from unique perspectives of those around us, expanding our thinking, growing our capabilities and redefining 'impossible'. There are so many reasons to join us. If you're hungry to build a varied and meaningful career in a community of brilliant and diverse minds to make a real difference, there's only one choice.

Weed and Pest Trait Discovery Lead/Hemipteran Discovery Lead


The primary responsibilities of this role, Weed & Pest Trait Discovery Lead/Hemipteran Discovery Lead, are to:

  • Be responsible for leading strategy focused on the discovery of new modes of action for all biotechnology weed and insect control products;
  • Provide strategic leadership to a team of Trait Discovery Leads responsible for discovering next generation products for control of lepidopteran, hemipteran, and coleopteran pests, as well as herbicide tolerance across row crops;
  • Provide strategic leadership of cross functional research efforts across diverse functional teams to discover the first hemipteran control biotech trait across row crops;
  • Contribute to the strategic directions of the organization as a member of the Trait Discovery and Testing Leadership team as well as the Insect Control Leadership Team;
  • Work closely with partners in Prospecting and Intellectual Property to understand the external landscape for Weed & Pest traits, to evaluate potential partnership opportunities and the competitive landscape;
  • Interact and work with cross functional leaders in R&D, commercial, stewardship and regulatory to drive the discovery of biotechnology weed and insect control traits;
  • Drive global cross functional relationships and collaborations to develop truly integrated solutions for the future of weed and pest control across biotechnology, small molecules, and biologics;
  • Provide recommendations to senior R&D leadership to drive decisions on indication strategy and project advancements;
  • Foster and grow relationships with scientific organizations, industry groups, external collaborators, and other likeminded organizations;
  • Ensure financial management including budget forecasting, cost management, capital planning and expenditure;
  • Attract and develop talent and serve as a mentor for peers or colleagues in key areas of expertise that support personal development.


Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values. More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:

Required Qualifications:

  • M.S. degree;
  • Recognized expert in one or more of the following areas: entomology, protein biochemistry, pest control, molecular biology, or related fields;
  • Demonstrated record of technical leadership through the publication of peer reviewed papers and/or patents;
  • Strong strategy, innovation, collaboration, and business acumen skills;
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to demonstrate diplomacy in working with diverse scientific groups;
  • Strong leadership skills including ability to lead by influence;
  • Ability to work across functions and geographies;
  • Ability to build and utilize a wide and strong network across the company and externally.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. with minimum 6 years relevant experience in research and development, project management, or functional team management; OR
  • M.S. with minimum 8 years relevant experience in research and development, project management, or functional team management;
  • Recognized expert in hemipteran insect biology.

Relocation may be offered for this role.



Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and want to impact our mission Science for a better life, we encourage you to apply now. Be part of something bigger. Be you. Be Bayer.
To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.

Bayer is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans

Bayer is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants with disabilities to request any needed accommodation(s) using the contact information below.

IMPORTANT NOTE for POTENTIAL US CANDIDATES: Bayer expects its colleagues to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Bayer defines fully vaccinated in alignment with CDC which is two weeks after completing the two-dose vaccine regimen or two weeks after completing the one-dose regimen. Additionally, Bayer colleagues are also required to comply with state, local and customer requirements.
Location:United States : Missouri : Chesterfield
Division:Crop Science
Reference Code:788993
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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
6+ years
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