Genetic Deployment Manager

  • Location: US - Remote Worker - California
  • Job Family: Research & Development
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0003751
  • Experience Years: 3-5 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Regular

About the Opportunity

The Genetic Deployment Manager leads efforts to promote the most effective and efficient deployment of new varieties globally, for a specific Business Unit, keeping the objectives of our company mission as the primary driver in determining optimal outcomes. This role is a critical liaison between the traditional breeding programs and global plant health group with related scientific elements such as molecular, genomic, physiology, test plot farming, etc. and the four geographic business units with their respective strategic and operating business plans. In this role, a working knowledge of each production region’s supply priorities, is in turn aggregated to form an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses across each continent. In addition, a comprehensive understanding of the competitors, particularly the competitor breeding programs, is developed and maintained so that the competitive landscape is well understood versus the Driscoll’s breeding pipeline. These gathered insights in turn support and inform the breeding program, as well as the geographic business units, for optimal competitiveness in each region. This position reports to the Director of Genetic Deployment.


  • Commercialization business cases – provide initiative necessary to profile all regional supply plans, with associated strengths and weaknesses, and competitive variety positioning.  Roll up by business unit and overlay with the related strategic and operational plans for competitive assessment, and forward-looking needs analysis.  Further roll up for global visioning and needs analysis, over multiple time horizons.  Developed in conjunction with the Breeding and Product Leadership teams and is imbedded into new variety & research launch plans.

  • Champion Win with Flavor efforts through managing delight curves, metrics, communication and marketing of new varieties to the organization,

  • Form a highly aligned partnership with the global breeding teams, and thoroughly understand the profile of existing varieties and upcoming pipeline selections.

  • Form highly aligned relationships with other departments in Driscolls directly related to the berry crops scientific development efforts and profile associated upcoming pipelines (ex. Sales and marketing, physiology, test plot farming, molecular marker development, pathology, etc.)

  • Form highly aligned relationships with each geographic business unit’s product leadership and production teams to understand, and in turn, promote successful advancement of genetics in their geographies.

  • Form highly aligned relationships with external customers such as growers and customers to promote and advocate new advances in tools & techniques that will contribute to our mission.

  • Lead R&D connection with Business Unit through quarterly reviews, prioritizing annual activities expressed through Plan on a Page, and maintaining participation in relative initiatives and workstreams spanning the Nursery, Applied Research, Agronomy, Accounting and Sales.

  • Develop compelling representations of the berry genetic pipeline, including competitive positioning, related program velocities, commercial impact forecasts, and fast track prioritizations.

  • Collect and aggregate commercially related learnings from key stakeholders, including customers and growers, to better inform the breeding program.

  • Support the Global Breeders and their teams with activities related to intellectual property (IP) filing processes.  Lead efforts to understand tradeoffs associated with country filings, and whether to pursue IP protection, in relation to the forecasted commercial potential.

  • Assist in the development and structuring of variety lifecycle management, aimed at improving specific competitive positioning objectives.  Identify, profile, and quantify related risks and risk mitigation steps.

  • Track and verify breeding nursery plant orders, particularly those related to fast track programs, to ensure optimal progress in plant material production and timing.

  • Effectively communicate global learnings, and status of high value selections so that BU decisions can be made in a timely manner to maximize deployment speed or minimize risk.

  • Develop and track key scorecard metrics associated with genetic deployment.  Communicate metrics results with key stakeholders.

  • Promote optimal handoffs to the business units and their respective production regions, including on farm trial success, for highly effective genetic deployment.

  • Establish effective communication with key internal and external stakeholders.  Maintain regular written and in-person communications with appropriate individuals to consistently advance the most efficient and effective deployment of new genetics.

  • Follow Company policies and practices while representing Driscoll’s in an ethical and business-like manner in all interactions with employees, Growers, Customers, Suppliers, governmental agencies, etc.

  • Ensure the security of Driscoll’s confidential and proprietary information and materials.

Candidate Profile

  • Five plus years of produce and agriculture related experience, with direct experience in berry crops a plus.

  • Successful track record of planning, coordinating, and proactively directing broad, complex programs.

  • Solid experience in effective change management, including deployment of new products, processes, or systems.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including collaboration and diplomacy, and the ability to maintain clear and insightful communication across a broad spectrum of organizations.

  • Consistent demonstration of a customer focused (internal and external) and results orientated work style.  A passionate, high energy leader who has the skills to work across business units and within all elements of Global R&D.

  • Strategic thinker who can understand and link long term business objectives with long term genetic development priorities.  Must be able to translate strategic objectives into quantitative based program development objectives.

  • Success in developing communication collateral materials that clearly articulates program objectives, priorities, and milestone-based objectives.  Experience in public speaking is a plus.

  • Experience in financial modeling, multi-variate analysis, optimization, or forecasting.

  • Experience in developing and understanding strategic and operational planning.

  • Experience in competitor research and analysis.

  • B.S. or B.A. degree in a technical, business or operations management discipline.  An advanced degree (M.S. or MBA) and/or relevant professional certification is highly preferred.

  • Excellent communicator.  Outstanding oral and written skills, including delivering compelling presentations.

  • Travel is required (up to 60% domestic and international)

  • Bilingual (English / Spanish) fluency is preferred

  • Valid driver license, valid passport, and eligibility for a company sponsored vehicle insurance.

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.