Intellectual Asset Manager - Oils

Wayzata, MN
Feb 03, 2017
May 29, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Intellectual Asset Manager - Oils-WAY05525 Working at Cargill is an opportunity to thrive—a place to develop your career to the fullest while engaging in meaningful work that makes a positive impact around the globe. You will be proud to work for a company with a strong history of ethics and a purpose of nourishing people. We offer a diverse, supportive environment where you will grow personally and professionally as you learn from some of the most talented people in your field. With 150 years of experience Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. Learn more at


Position Purpose

Cargill is seeking a candidate with demonstrated leadership in the area of intellectual asset management and experience in both technology and business development, to work with business and technical management to develop intellectual property strategies, to understand the IP landscape surrounding different opportunities, to understand how that landscape may influence business strategies/plans/direction, and to help implement those strategies and plans.

Activities will include.

• Working with the Global Edible Oil Solutions (GEOS) leadership to establish and manage IP strategies for new and existing product lines.

• Creating value for the business by developing and managing a defensible IP portfolio aligned with the business strategy

• Ensure GEOS's IAM efforts result in commercial value.

• Working with leadership and commercial teams by advising and providing support on the acquisition of technology, licensing, and commercial agreements that involve IP assets. Will interact and defend Cargill with their IAM counterparts in outside businesses and academia. Developing and maintaining deep understanding of Cargill's portfolio of intellectual assets around fats, oils and seed genetics

• Manages the business IP portfolio to accelerated prosecution of patent applications with focused claims.

• Responsible for regular review against strategic objectives; aligns with Law; takes rapid decisions on applications and patents.

• For key strategic project areas, maintains up to date competitive assessment (mapping) and make recommendations to the business on white space; connects with marketing team and R&D on 1-5-10 year market view in oils and seed to evaluate future areas that impact our core business and customers Work with inventors to develop well-written invention disclosures for new inventions, to understand prior art and to manage their disclosures through the disclosure review process.

• In partnership with Law, works across project teams and functions to drive defensible intellectual property capture that aligns with commercialization targets.

• Maintains accurate records on, and a database of, the business unit's intellectual assets (e.g. invention disclosures, patent applications, trade secrets, trademarks, and intellectual property agreements).

• Nurtures an IP environment within the business through training programs; regular interactions; and visibility of measured outcomes.

• Assists the business and legal team with deal development, including strategy formulation, negotiation and drafting of agreements.

• Ensures the protection of Cargill intellectual assets.

• Work with legal team to ensure freedom top operate with respect to new product development activities.

• Develop and implement training programs around IP and intellectual asset management, and coaching of BU personnel.

• Develops yearly IP operating plan with core functions in R&D to execute information transfer of discoveries in timely manner and in a defensible form.

Principal Accountabilities.

30% - IP Leadership and deep subject matter expertise.

Promotes and ensures understanding of IA/IP strategies and tactics, responsible for developing and communicating the line of site from business strategy to the economic differentiation provided by IP in the market.

High level of technical competence and experience in oil chemistry and seed genetics.

Able to communicate highly technical concepts to non-technical people in a manner in which the business implications can be understood

Participates in stakeholder planning sessions at the Enterprise/Group level to thoroughly understand businesses requirements and IAM related options. - engages with senior stakeholders across businesses globally.

The IAM Manager leads the IA/IP strategy components of more complex business transactions which may have potential financial or competitive threat and/or risk to Cargill strategy, brand, and global reputation.

Participates on cross-functional teams and acts as subject matter expert in developing IP/IA conditions, negotiations, and advanced contractual mechanisms to mitigate risk/exposure.

Analyzes reviews, interprets, and serves as the Product Line/Group/COE corporate resource on IA/IP requirements and regulations.

35% - IP Strategy, Planning and Execution.

Translates knowledge of business strategies and models into actionable IP/IA strategies and tactics. Sets overall standards of practice for the development, evaluation, and selection of the value extraction alternatives and execution plans.

Proactively assesses internal and external competitive IA/IP landscapes to provide input as well as direction to Product Line and/or COE strategic efforts.

Forecasts and maximizes potential returns on IA/IP investment by increasing proper utilization and return of resources invested

Directs and supports Product Line/Group and the work of other IAM Professionals to perform patent research and analysis for more complex projects

Works proactively with PLA teams to include invention targets and IP protection strategies are in place for PLA'S. Participates in the creation of high quality IDF's

Leads the more complex resolutions of IA/IP transactions issues. Engages with Group/Function/product line and project management stakeholders to develop negotiation strategy including transactional/ economical structuring, and pricing.

25% - Value Creation.

Leads teams in the identification of white spaces through analysis of competitive offerings and IP positions, alignment with jobs to be done, and true differentiation that provides economic power.

Insure that PLA's create successive layers of increasing value and that that future value is protected through a clear pathway of differentiation protected by forward looking innovation planning.(IDF)

Evaluate each step in the value chain to understand additional opportunities to extract value in other areas, such as internal search and reapply, external innovation (build vs buy technology scenario) and external licensing or sale of IP.

Champion the External Innovation process by prioritizing use of COE capabilities and positioning of the” Outside In” initial planning.

10% - Portfolio Leadership, Training and Information Sources.

The GEOS IAM will be responsible for leading the review of IP portfolios across GEOS to insure alignment with the business.

He or she will be responsible for budgeting and reporting of all costs related to IP and legal support for the Group.

Proactively explores, assesses, and analyzes Product Line/Group/Function IA/IP practices to identify and mitigate potential business risks and improper conduct.

Insures that IA/IP best practices are deployed in the business.

Networks outside of Cargill to understand evolving technologies related to data and analytics and how they may benefit Cargill. Works with the info-center to insure that we are making full use of internal resources in the area.



  • 10 years of professional experience within the R&D/Technical space
  • Minimum of 7 years' experience in Intellectual Asset Management.
  • Bachelors degree
  • The candidate must have proven strategic thinking abilities, be a big picture thinker.
  • The candidate must have proven leadership abilities.
  • The candidate must be able to effectively lead through influencing others, and the ability to work across several groups.
  • The candidate must be able to manage numerous projects simultaneously and have the ability to self direct their work.
  • The candidate must have excellent communication skills across several levels of an organization.
  • Ability to travel 20%

Highly Desired.

  • 3 years of working experience in the Oils and/or plant biotech space.
  • Degree in food science, chemistry, chemical engineering, agricultural sciences or related discipline.
  • Knowledge and understanding of plant breeding is highly desired.
  • Food industry experience is highly desired.
Candidates with demonstrated experience in the management of intellectual property activities, coupled with hands on experience in the development of technology and business development, who are genuinely interested in this position should apply.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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Primary Location US-MN-Wayzata

Schedule Full-time

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