Overview

Project Manager – North America

Who are we, and what do we do?
Corteva Agriscience
 is the only major agriscience company in the world completely dedicated to agriculture. Our purpose is to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generation to come. Our inspiration is to be a market shaper, driving the next generation of agriculture products that help farms and farmers flourish and through partnering with society becoming the most trusted partner in the global agriculture and food community.

With a global footprint and over 20,000 employees, Corteva is building the future of agriculture and leading breakthroughs in the innovation and application of science and technology that will better the lives of people all over the world and fuel the progress of humankind.

Position Overview:
Project Managers have full accountability to deliver business objectives for capital projects from front-end loading through detailed design & construction, commissioning, return to operations, startup and project closeout.

The Project Manager leads the Project Team in the use of the appropriate Core Project Delivery Process (Core PD) to implement the project.

How will you help us grow?
Project Management and Project performance:  

  • Ensures the Engineering Work Package is fully aligned with the Business Case / White Paper and the project Technology Implementation Plan.
  • Works with Platform / Functional Leaders, Capital Execution Leader, and the core project team to develop the appropriate project execution strategy.
  • Leads the Project Team to meet the business & project objectives and deliverables as outlined in the White Paper or Business Case, authorization documents & Gate Reviews.
  • Ensures the CorePD process is followed consistent with the business needs, all required CorePD deliverables are accomplished in a quality manner and leads the pre-Gates and Gate Reviews.
  • Defines and analyzes Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to ensure overall performance expectations for the project are met:
    • Project spending/commit schedule.
    • Project costs versus estimate.
    • Engineering and Procurement milestones and gate reviews.
    • Construction Schedule.
    • Commissioning and Start-up Plan.
  • Provides primary interface between the Project Team and key stakeholders.
    • Establishes effective communications within the Project Team to ensure alignment among business and project objectives.
    • Develops a communication and review schedule with key stakeholders.
    • Communicates project status, risks, deviations and other significant project developments to the key stakeholders.
  • Ensures that the asset involved is engineered and constructed to meet the mandatory and recommended requirements of EHS&S and Process Safety at start-up as well as the business requirements.
  • Ensures that field construction has the appropriate level of qualified support to be completed without incident or injury.
  • Partners with the Asset Owner and/or the Commissioning and Start-up Leader to ensure a seamless transition from commissioning to start-up to normal operations.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of Project Quality Plans, including auditing work processes and deliverables for compliance, and for meeting agreed upon project quality requirements and expectations.
  • Leads the development of the Procurement Plan, engaging Procurement team timely to define the best approach to each project.
  • Ensures that all Enginerring departments are engaged in the project, such as Project Controls Team, Construction Team, Process Automation team, etc.
  • Ensure the Project Execution Plan is developed to all capital projects.
  • Ensures site personnel are staffed and preparing for commissioning and start-up of the new facilities, including training, procedure updates, maintenance PM records updates, etc.; ensures schedules are aligned with supply chain and operations/maintenance needs, such as TARs, to determine when outages are available if necessary.
  • For large projects, lead the process of preparing personnel to operate the facility including hiring, training personnel, and developing operations procedures, and preparing the operations to safely run the new unit.
  • Enforces and applies when needed the Project Change Management process.
  • Drives the contingency draw down management process

People Management (by influence):  

  • Assembles the Project Team and ensures the necessary roles and functions are represented. Manages project resources (both internal & contractors) as needed during the life of the project to meet the project objectives and execution strategy. Assesses team functional capability. Identifies and resolves expertise gaps.
  • Provides leadership for an effective and cohesive team by ensuring roles and responsibilities are clearly understood, team member workloads are reasonable, cross-function communications are adequate, and personality conflicts are managed, for owner and contractor members. Engages outside consultants when needed to support the team.

Communication and documentation: 

  • Provides primary interface between the Project Team and key stakeholders.
    • Establishes effective communications within the Project Team to ensure alignment among business and project objectives.
    • Develops a communication and review schedule with key stakeholders.
    • Communicates project status, risks, deviations and other significant project developments to the key stakeholders.
  • Manages the Capital Accounting Authorization process from the formal request and approval to closure in accordance with the policies and procedures of Corteva Capital Planning. Partners with the business finance analyst to prepare financial evaluations, asset write-offs that may occur, and ensures necessary financial reporting and accounting is performed.

Qualifications

What expertise have you grown? What do you bring to the table?

  • 5 to 10 years’ experience in project execution.
  • B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in Chemical, Civil, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry or equivalent.
  • Previous experience in several of the following areas is preferred: manufacturing technology, operations, engineering, process development, project management and/or process improvement.
  • Six Sigma Black Belt or Green Belt Certification is also preferred, as well as a working knowledge of LEAN.
  • Ability to communicate in different languages in addition to English is preferred

Role Competencies

  • Must exhibit strong leadership skills in diverse situations involving engineering, construction contractors, Operations and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a line manager for capital Project Teams and to effectively direct and influence leadership.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness in team environments, coupled with good written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated track record of achieving business and project results on capital projects.
  • Demonstrated Technical/ Functional Expertise which requires extensive experience through assignments in Project Controls and Management, Engineering Design, Procurement, Construction, Contract Administration, Business, and Manufacturing.
  • Good organization, prioritization and time-management skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Values Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity.
  • Commitment to excellence in communicating, planning, networking, organizing, influencing and resolving conflict.
  • Strong working knowledge of the Project Management work process.
  • Ability to lead major change with a bias for decision making.

Key Interactions or Relationships

  • Capital Project Team.
  • Manufacturing Rep (Asset Technology Engineers).
  • Capital Execution Leader (CEL).
  • Project Definition Leader.
  • Production Leader

Let’s peek at how you can grow your wellbeing, health, and future at Corteva. 

  • Strike a better work-life balance with robust time off benefits including paid maternity, paternal and family illness leave.
  • Prepare for your future with our competitive retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement program, and more.
  • Enjoy access to health benefits for you and your family on your first day of employment.
  • And much, much more!

Ready to grow your perspectives, impact and career? Start by applying to this opportunity today!

Corteva Agriscience ™ serves to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Our employees fulfill this purpose everyday by building/participating in an inclusive culture where we encourage each other to stay curious, think differently, act boldly and do what’s right for our customers, our co-workers, our partners and our planet. With over 20,000 team members from 130 countries, innovating in 140 world class R&D facilities, we have the resources, leadership heritage and partner ecosystem to make a meaningful impact now and into the future.

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Corteva Agriscience is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class.

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