Director of Discovery, Pre-Development Leader - Biology

Nufarm Americas

Location: Research and Development

Job Type: Full time


  • Newly created Discovery global role
  • Morrisville NC location
  • Biology R&D Lead

Do you have extensive agrichemicals portfolio knowledge, strong project management skills and a proven ability to solve complex scientific problems? Would you like to be part of a thriving global business where you can explore new ideas, get creative, be heard and have some fun along the way? Then unearth the possibilities at Nufarm and see how far your career could take you.

How can you unearth the possibilities with Nufarm?
The dependable partner behind thousands of agricultural success stories, at Nufarm we’ve been finding better ways to fight weeds and disease and increase our customers crop yields for over 100 years.

The ambition of Nufarm's Portfolio Solutions team is to partner to discover and develop innovative solutions such as new insecticide, herbicide and fungicide active ingredients qualified for commercial development. The successful candidate will work on projects related to the discovery, characterization, and development of safe and sustainable new insect control technologies.

The successful candidate will have a track record of accomplishments in agrochemical discovery as well as demonstrated high impact research in industry.

S(he) must exhibit excellent leadership, project management, and strong collaboration and communication skills.

S(he) should be ready to champion new ideas in a very dynamic and innovative environment.

What’s possible?
Based in Morrisville NC reporting directly to the Global Lead Development, we’ll look to you to lead and support various R&D projects on a worldwide basis to aid the development and implementation of strategy, concepts and solutions. You’ll also be responsible for providing key strategic input to new target identification, hit-generation, lead optimisation and pre-development plans.

Bringing technical leadership to new crop protection molecule identification or the design and predevelopment of agrochemical relevant targets (e.g., pests, weeds, pathogens) will be important too, as will participating in strategic discussions with the company leadership team and collaborating across scientific disciplines on a variety of interesting projects.

Other key responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing to strategic initiatives to impact on innovation and growth
  • Providing the program expertise to drive and lead programs from hit generation to predevelopment selection using state-of-the-art design principles and strategies
  • Helping to develop a R&D budget and timelines and managing collaborative R&D and licensing activities with industrial and academic partners

What you’ll need to bring

  • Qualified to Ph.D level in Biology, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Plant or Weed Science or similar, plus you’ll need a 10+ years track record in a Discovery / PreDev role with an agrochemical business.
  • Deep Agrichemical experience in crop protection discovery and R&D

You’ll also need:

  • A flair for generating, managing evaluating and effectively maintaining critical data
  • The ability to provide scientific inputs to support the best strategic positioning of Nufarm products
  • The communication skills it takes to liaise at all levels with internal and external customers and collaborate with other departments in order to develop robust and high-quality products

That’s just what we think, we’d love to hear from you what you think is possible.

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We are an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. All employment decisions are decided based on qualifications, merit and business needs. We are committed to building an inclusive environment for all Nufarm employees.
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