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Director, Strategy and Business Development


Boise, ID, US, 83706-1211

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


Simplot’s Plant Sciences division works to improve potato varieties, using biotechnology for the purpose of making better food. The Director Product Strategy and Business Development sits on the leadership team, helping to guide the group from early trait evaluation to market launch, including developing overall strategy. This includes identifying crops, varieties, and traits to drive the pipeline and product development priorities. Responsibilities include financial analysis, marketing / market research, and biotech affairs. Provide leadership on market test strategy; and business plans for potential opportunities. Promote a culture of innovation and utilize the principles of design thinking in a test, learn, and iterate approach to market evaluation. This role will also work with other Simplot businesses to ensure overall objectives are met.

Key Responsibilities

  • As a member of the Plant Sciences Leadership Team, lead the group to develop and implement a strategy of innovation leading to new products that support Simplot’s business.
  • Lead a team to assess market potential, including freedom to operate, for traits and products.
  • Explore, evaluate and negotiate commerical partnerships to bring new products to market.
  • Investigate new technology, develop strategic partnerships, and together with legal negotiate agreements, contracts and licenses.
  • Serve on expert committee for Aardevo, advising on business models, and other support.
  • Lead new business initiatives and analyses, including test market programs and the development of business cases, and present recommendations to Simplot Leaders.
  • Lead with an emphasis on collaboration with other groups in Simplot embracing a “One Simplot” approach.
  • Advise team members working closely with Corporate Communications on Biotech Affairs.
  • Has full P&L responsibility for activities occurring in the new market space.

Typical Education

  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4 year college or university
  • MBA is preferred
  • Advanced Science Degree is also preferred

Relevant Experience

  • 8+ years related experience and/or training
  • Strategy/Business Development in Biotech, Plant Sciences and/or Food industries
  • Experience bringing new science to market
  • Strong business accumen and leadership 
  • Experience using analytics to make business decisions
  • Global perspective
  • Covid Vaccine is required for international travel and onsite customer visits.

Job Requisition ID: 9226

Travel Required: Less than 10%

Location(s): Irving St Building A R&D - Boise 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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