Indigo: Director of Global Strategy, Microbial Innovation
500 Rutherford Ave, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02129

Employee Testimonials

Jesse Deardorff
Cassandra Ball
Trudi Baker

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Indigo improves grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health through the use of natural microbiology and digital technologies. Utilizing beneficial plant microbes and agronomic insights, Indigo works with growers to sustainably produce high quality harvests. The company then connects growers and buyers directly to bring these harvests to market. Working across the supply chain, Indigo is forwarding its mission of harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA, with additional offices in Memphis, TN, Research Triangle Park, NC, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and So Paulo, Brazil. www.indigoag.com

Indigo is committed to living our values, specifically creating a work environment where everyone feels respected, connected, and has opportunities to learn and grow. As part of living our values, we strive to create a diverse and inclusive work environment where everyone feels they can be themselves and has an equal opportunity of succeeding.

The role of Director of Global Strategy, Microbial Innovation will own and execute the master plan of Indigo microbial innovations. It develops capital allocation strategy and ROI rationales for microbial innovation investments. It drives innovation priorities and execution plans across commercial geographies, crops and logistics.

Responsibilities

  • Own master plan for Indigo to have the fastest and highest impact microbial innovation in agriculture, spanning every major stress and crop in agriculture
  • Create a prioritized roadmap of rolling out microbial R&D functions in each geography
  • Collaborate with GeoInnovation to develop and implement a harmonized strategy for product efficacy (RD and commercial) data development and assessments that matches the global commercial business needs
  • Deliver microbial innovation master plan for developing microbial products across all of Indigos future commercial geographies
  • In accordance with 5-year business plan timing, collaborate to define and deliver our target product profiles across all geographies
  • Own ad-hoc assessment of near-term strategy/business evaluation in collaboration with Business Development and Strategy team
  • Implement performance indicators, robust monitoring, and measurement process on a quarterly dashboard that directly links to strategy to implementation and shows clear ownership by Microbial Innovation sub-functions

Competencies

  • Strategic and visionary; can see the future and break it down into clear achievable steps
  • Ability to foresee potential roadblocks and proactively develop roundabouts to overcome those
  • Comfortable leaning into ambiguity; able to prioritize opportunities based on both quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Methodical, process driven
  • Clear understanding of ag tech ecosystem and the vision for where it can and should go
  • Execution-oriented, driven to spike the ball in the endzone every time
  • High EQ
  • Capable of learning new concepts and envisioning a future that combines technical details from disparate fields
  • Very agile, fast-paced
  • Highly collaborative
  • Capable of influencing R&D stakeholders without authority
  • Capable of managing several high priority projects simultaneously
  • Able to build a A+ team
  • Strong individual contributor as we work to scale the team; driven to own the implementation of the strategy
  • Ability to distill and synthesize complex concepts into clear and actionable strategies to multiple audiences (lab team, R&D leadership, Board of Directors)
  • Entrepreneurial

Qualifications

  • 10+ years experience, including consulting experience, ideally in biotech or biology-related field
  • Strong technical background (Ph.D in engineering, biological science, physical science or similar, MBA is beneficial)
  • Experienced in working in global setting. International experience
  • Location Boston, MA, ability to travel
  • Deep experience in global agricultural and food system R&D and global commercial organizations a plus

Indigo is committed to living our values, specifically creating a work environment where everyone feels respected, connected, and has opportunities to learn and grow. As part of living our values, we strive to create a diverse and inclusive work environment where everyone feels they can be themselves and has an equal opportunity of succeeding.

Full-time

Employee Testimonials

Jesse Deardorff
Jesse Deardorff

Our plan is focused on the growers and helping them achieve maximum profitability using a unique set of tools. On top of offering a dynamic product, developing relationships and partnerships with growers will be key to achieving our goals.

Cassandra Ball
Cassandra Ball

I love the lab culture of Indigo. It's great being surrounded by both hard-working and fun-loving people. Most of our experiments are challenging and having the support of coworkers throughout the day really makes it fun for me.

Trudi Baker
Trudi Baker

From the early days when the whole company consisted of less than 20 people, I remember EVERYONE would gather for lively brainstorming sessions, the founder of the company, bench scientists, data scientists, lab techs, an attorney - everyone participated and listened and learned from each other's experiences and opinions. Today Indigo is much larger, but this spirit of open communication and collaboration is still strong. We collaborate through our everyday work, through software like our online innovation exchange where we bounce ideas off each other, and through "hands-on" brainstorming sessions where we learn a new assay and some of the points which are most challenging and can share ideas about how to make it more efficient.