Innovation Deployment Manager (Sustainable Farming)

  • Location: US - Watsonville, California
  • Job Family: Research & Development
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0003235
  • Experience Years: 3-5 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Regular

About the Opportunity

As the Innovation Deployment Manager, you will manage field trials, demonstrations and grower outreach for promising agriculture technologies (‘ag tech’) with the goal of influencing grower adoption. This role will interface directly with our network of research farms and growers to influence the rapid adoption of sustainable technologies. You will support Driscoll's Ag-tech pipeline through trialing, piloting, and demonstrating novel technologies for our berry production systems. You will coordinate the trialing, demonstration and reporting of technologies that improve on-farm efficiency of fertilizer, water, plant health protectants and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to provide actionable insights for the business and our growers. You will help realize the best strategies and insights to improve Driscoll's global environmental impact.


  • Coordinate trial design and planning to evaluate the effectiveness of new technologies and innovation in our crops and production systems in California and Baja.
  • Assist in the development of Driscoll’s ‘ag tech’ onboarding program management.
  • Develop business cases for technology and innovations based on your research to encourage commercial adoption.
  • Develop novel & agile technology field demonstration methods to facilitate global replication.
  • Act as a resource to research farming and applied research by facilitating relationships between ‘ag tech’ startups and local technicians.
  • Act as a representative for Driscoll’s Global R&D sustainable farming department to commercial growers by gaining a deep breadth of knowledge of the latest breakthroughs in sustainable ‘ag tech.’
  • Effectively communicate learnings so business decisions can be made promptly to maximize deployment and minimize risk.
  • Provide technical stewardship to regional teams around sustainable farming targets and techniques.

Candidate Profile

  • Education equivalent to a BS or BA, preferably in the areas of Science, Business, Horticulture, Food Innovation, Marketing, Project MGMT, or a research-related field.  Bachelor of Science desired. BA holders will be considered if their professional experience demonstrates an aspiration to continue learning in the research-driven, sustainable agricultural space.
  • 3-5 years in production agriculture preferred.
  • 1-2 years in research and development preferred.
  • Strong coordination skills – the ability to plan, execute, and report field demonstrations of impactful, sustainable technologies in commercial settings.
  • Ability to manage work coordination and alignment with collaborative hubs of teams and projects.
  • Experience with field research and experimental design required.
  • A passion for the environment, climate change, and agriculture.
  • Solid oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Ability to organize multiple projects, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and be a self-starter.
  • Agriculture business and finance experience.
  • Be able to work in both a research lab and outdoor field environment.
  • Program MGMT Advanced.
  • Trial Design Advanced.
  • Spanish fluency strongly preferred.

Compensation & Benefits

The following information is provided in good faith as a general description of the salary range and benefits for the position posted.  The actual compensation offered to the successful candidate is dependent upon experience, skills, education, work location, internal pay equity, and other objective job-related factors. 

Salary Range estimated for Innovation Deployment Manager: $86,700 to $117,200 USD.

Driscoll’s is committed to a culture of care and offers an attractive benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and disability coverage for positions working more than 30 hours per week. Other benefits include:  401(k) with employer match, profit-sharing participation, paid sick time, paid vacation, paid personal and family care leave, and a free Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  More detailed information regarding the benefits package, will be shared during the application process.

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.

Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.