DuPont Global Stewardship Specialist in Johnston, Iowa

Global Stewardship Specialist (Job Number: 191018W-01)



Partnering with Research & Development, Integrated Operations, Commercial and regional/country regulatory & stewardship teams to ensure that proper stewardship plans are in place to enable freedom to operate for successful product launch, expansion and eventual discontinuation. Working with subject matter experts, provide best management practice guidance to regional/in-country regulatory, stewardship, research and commercial teams for commercial in-plant insect protection biotechnology products and technologies in order to keep them effective through appropriate use of product stewardship guidelines. Lead activities and programs required to effectively monitor trait efficacy in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and ensure regulatory reporting obligations are met as required. Oversee activities related to unexpected damage for insect traits and lead the 6(a)2 committee for DowDupont. Partner in the development and implementation of the Insect Resistance Management (IRM) activities, oversee the planning and execution of the IRM management guide as outlined by the Excellence Through Stewardship (ETS) organization and represent DowDuPont AgDivision for IRM topics within key industry organizations. Provide stewardship guidance to the Wheat, Alfalfa, Inoculants, Sorghum, Rice, Millet platforms to deliver relevant support to portfolio leads and regional stewardship teams as needed.


Collaborate with regional regulatory, stewardship, commercial and research teams to design and implement insect trait stewardship management (i.e. IRM) & monitoring programs for the seeds portfolio. (40%)

  • Collaboratewith global teams to proactively develop trait monitoring programs thatmeet regulatory requirements while also addressing commercial businessneeds.

  • Initiateand manage contracts with independent and university laboratories andconsultants who conduct field and laboratory activities. Work with business leads and local teamsto develop and implement local contracts.

  • Engagewith local stewardship contacts responsible for managing collaboratorrelationships to identify and address any gaps and/or opportunities.

  • Developmonitoring protocols, lead the team to analyze, interpret, and preparereports for regulatory agencies and internal leadership. Engage with technical teams to continuallyrefine overall technical recommendations and related processes based onlatest scientific information along with changing technology and thechanging regulatory and field environment.

  • Overseeprocesses for establishing Unexpected Damage Thresholds for primary pestsin cultivation countries.

  • OverseeDowDupont’s Insect Damage Investigation process to monitor traitperformance and ensure regulatory requirements are being met.

  • Leadefforts to build and maintain information management tools to aid incollection of product performance related findings made by commercial fieldteams. Assist in training teams related to information management tools& their use.

  • Buildand maintain a strong internal network with key stakeholders includingintegrated field sciences, regulatory science, commercial trait researchmanagers, stewardship and commercial agronomy and sales leadership.

  • Ensuretimely updates related to trait performance are provided to companyleadership.

Provide primary stewardship support to the Wheat, Alfalfa, Inoculants, Sorghum, Rice, Millet platforms. (30%)

  • Serveas a member of relevant portfolio teams to provide stewardship guidance.

  • OverseeImplementing Product Stewardship/Risk Reviews including risk characterizationand mitigation for the assigned platforms.

  • Workingwith Research & Development, Supply Chain and Commercial teams to ensurethat proper stewardship plans are in place throughout product development tocommercial launch often as a member of relevant launch teams.

  • Developand/or review relevant product information such as product labels, bag tags,technical bulletins

  • Authorrelevant sections of Product Use Guides and Product Safety Assessments

  • Monitor,evaluate and make recommendations on governmental and industry stewardshipdevelopments and assessing business impacts

  • Collaboratewith Regional Stewardship Leads on the development and maintenance of aproduct stewardship plan for the business consistent with the company’s Standardsfor Business, commitment to Responsible Care and FAO International Code ofConduct

  • Workwith relevant regional teams to conduct sales force training (train the trainer,etc.) on PPE and best practices for application technologies, risk management,insect and fungicide resistance programs, and product stewardship programs

  • Providetraining for internal and external clients on product stewardship including keyprocesses such as product launch stewardship, and product discontinuation. Definestewardship objectives for internal business to meet new external requirementsand obligations balancing implementation with business value considerations

  • Workwith regional stewardship team to develop and implement stewardship standards,work processes, and operating discipline across businesses at the local level

  • Assistregional stewardship teams to help businesses integrate stewardshiprequirements into their work processes

  • Implementstewardship policies and procedures and support assessment and auditing ofbusiness and leadership support for business activities and practices

  • Incidentand emergency response support (e.g. spill remediation) upon request

  • Monitoringof customer claim process for trends and incident awareness

Planning and implementation of trait related stewardship guides outlined by the Excellence Through Stewardship (ETS) organization. (5%)

  • Collaborate with DowDupont’sQuality Assurance team, Product Stewardship Managers, Strategic AgreementsCompliance and local team members to develop and implement an annualauditing program related to relevant ETS guides on trait stewardship.

  • Consult with local teams toschedule and prepare them for required trait stewardship audits.

  • Assist teams during the ETSaudits.

  • Assist teams in creating actionplans based on findings from ETS audits.

  • Monitor team progress of actionplans addressing audit findings.

Provide input to Product Stewardship Managers and research teams related to best management practices for commercial traits (10%)

  • WithProduct Stewardship Managers and local team members, assess status of bestmanagement practice information provided to growers for commercial traits.

  • Collaboratewith teams (e.g. Integrated Field Science) to identify research needed tosupport development/enhancement of best management practices forcommercial traits.

  • Collaboratewith Product Stewardship Managers to incorporate best management practicesin product stewardship guides and product use guides as appropriate.

Ensure commercial insect trait related regulatory reporting obligations are being met globally. (5%)

  • MaintainUS IRM plan implementation that meets or exceeds USEPA registration termsand conditions.

  • Coordinatewith local regulatory teams to understand reporting timelines and datarequirements for commercial traits.

  • Collaboratewith trait licensors as needed regarding trait related reports toregulatory officials.

  • Ensurerequired reporting obligations are made in a timely fashion.

  • Serveas the chair of the DowDupont 6(a)2 committee.

  • Participatein the DowDupont adverse effects network.

Lead efforts to collaborate and communicate trait stewardship related information to licensees and licensors. (5%)

  • Provide technicalengagement on trait stewardship implementations with companies from whomDuPont licenses traits.

  • Providetechnical engagement on trait stewardship implementations with companiesto whom DuPont licenses insect traits.

Work with industry groups, partners and agencies to represent DowDupont’s technical opinion on trait stewardship issues and promote product stewardship activities and develop common standards for the industry to follow. (5%)

  • Engagewith broader industry to address industry wide insect resistance issuesthrough industry organizations and partners (ABSTC, IRAC, CLI,others).

  • Createand give presentations on product stewardship related to insect resistanceto introduced traits

  • Support andparticipate in engagements with regulatory officials ahead of and after traitcommercialization.



10-15 years of experience in entomology, compliance, stewardship or closely related field. Ph.D. in Entomology or closely related field preferred.


7-10 years of demonstrated experience and deep understanding of the various aspects of insect pest management. Experience in the development, registration and marketing of biotech seed products is also desired. Field consulting, research and/or regulatory experience within Pioneer is helpful. Experience with field crop management is also helpful

Other Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated project management skills for working withmultidisciplinary groups, managing multiple tasks and deadlines.

  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detailrequired.

  • Experience managing complex databases desired.

  • Experience in experimental design, statistical analysis ofdata and data interpretation.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence and persuade otherswithout authority.

  • Experience in creating insect monitoring protocols and abilityto interpret data results from lab and field testing.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of insect control strategies forcommercial applications.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information toa non-technical audience

  • Demonstrated ability to partner, work cooperatively andinfluence in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated strong written and oralskills.

  • Understanding of ETSis helpful but not required.

Primary Location: NA-United States-Iowa-Johnston

Organization: Pioneer

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Doctorate Degree (over 19 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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