DuPont Research Operations Lead in Kinston, North Carolina

Research Operations Lead (Job Number: RES00004033)



  • Coordinates the leadership of day-to-day management at the Research Center.

  • Serves as the liaison between all process leads at the center level and serves as the overall key contact for the center.

  • Ensures safe, effective and efficient management of Research Center processes at the local level.

  • Plans for Research resources (manpower, machinery, equipment and tools and facilities) needed to produce high quality data, on-time field operations, meet winter research seed production and product advancement schedules.



  • Manage and accountable for the daily center operations, ensuring on-time completions to meet research and business needs.

  • Plan, organize, and direct research operations to ensure the most effective use of assets while meeting research/business objectives; may include, but not limited to the management of: personnel, equipment, facility and land use.

  • Manage research operations through subordinate staff that have full accountabilities for their respective area(s).

  • Coordinate the research center leadership team meetings by developing agendas, schedules, and ensuring appropriate follow-ups.

  • Effective management of land cooperators and off –site storage.

  • Ensure Regulatory compliance (safety, DOT, wage/hour laws, USDA, EPA, etc).

  • Hold regular team meetings to provide short term and long term task direction, along with timely business updates.

  • Meet with employees individually to stay abreast of business issues, workload levels, and employee concerns.

  • May participate in field activities as determined by specific location needs.

Tactical Planning (3-12 months)

  • Work with research center leadership team to proactively plan and address future needs.

  • Participate in the labor planning for all regular, temporary, and seasonal research staff.

  • Review of operations and fixed projections and implement corrective actions to stay within budget.

  • Provide feedback to finance regarding the center’s operating and capital budgets.

  • Implement best productivity practices at center and ensure these practices are sustained.

  • Monitor and manage capacity constraints, equipment problems, labor scheduling, etc. to ensure research goals are met.

  • Identify and resolve problems with help as needed from the local center leadership team and upper management (Research Directors, EZ Leads, etc.).

Teamwork and Employee Development:

  • Coach, support and develop employees on their team in a manner that fosters effective collaboration and teamwork, demonstrating and modeling the Core Values.

  • Establish and support individual and team performance goals that are attainable and aligned with business strategy.

  • Hold employees accountable for achieving performance results and demonstrating work behaviors that promote collaboration and teamwork in an effective manner while demonstrating and modeling the Core Values.

  • Recognize and value employees through ongoing recognition of individual and team results.

  • Strongly encourage employee feedback and ideas for process improvements.

Promote a Culture that Demonstrates Core Values While Generating High Quality Results

  • Promote health, safety, and environmentally- friendly practices

  • Ensure SHE programs are implemented and fully executed

  • Ensure all employees at the center are engaged in Safety

  • Model and enforce the Life Saving Rules

  • Foster a positive Safety Culture on and off the job

  • Ensure RMS and Management Review is in place and effective.

  • Provide oversight of and monitor quality levels through all stages of research processes and testing.


  • Work in conjunction with Research Scientist(s) and EZ Lead(s) to establish project goals consistent with business unit goals which reflect internal and external customer needs.

  • Provide management, scientific leadership and creativity when initiating, designing, and executing research within/across projects.

  • Remain current on new technology by participating in professional meetings, career development activities and by encouraging others to bring information into research activities.

  • May be involved with scientific studies to support breeding program or department per the employees interest and skill set (molecular breeding involvement, product advancement, regulated testing, plant pathology related work, etc.)

  • May monitor research progress and meet with participating researchers to identify problems and opportunities impacting the business unit.

  • May communicate with research leadership (i.e. Sr. Scientists, Research Fellows, EZ Leads, and/or Research Directors), business unit contacts, and/or external collaborators on progress of product opportunities and makes recommendations regarding product testing and evaluation process.

  • May participate in product selection, advancements, etc. This may include preparing and analyzing data, keeping records or otherwise facilitating advancement meetings.

  • May serve on teams appropriate to cross project research initiatives.

  • May contribute to scientific publications, conferences and patent applications.

  • May plan and conduct comprehensive research programs which further the development of value-added products or support associated research projects.


Education Masters Degree or Bachelor’s Degree with equivalent experience in Agriculture related field

Experience 5 -7 years experience in Research operations

Supervisory or leadership experience critical

Physical Demands Physical ability to lift 30lbs, ability to work outside in all kinds of weather, ability to stand/sit for extended periods, ability to travel overnight, sometimes for an extended period.

Working Conditions

Primarily in a Research Center setting with regular interaction taking place in a high traffic & activity plant/warehouse areas, plus frequent visits to field locations. High workload with long hours and weekend work during seasonal peaks. Occasional travel within region.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Requires ability to look several months forward to anticipate labor needs, resource needs, space requirements, etc. Research operations knowledge combined with prior management skills and the ability to supervise/handle multiple tasks at one time is critical. Need leadership capabilities to motivate others, initiate projects, make decisions, and effectively solve problems. Excellent interpersonal/communication skills are required for fostering teamwork, enhancing a good working environment, and effectively developing strong working relationships with a diverse group of people

Primary Location: NA-United States-North Carolina-Kinston

Organization: Pioneer

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (±16 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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