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Posted on February 28, 2013
Description of Employer Altria Group is a FORTUNE 200 company that owns the premier tobacco companies in the United States including Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company and John Middleton. The companies' premium tobacco brands include Marlboro, Copenhagen, Skoal and Black & Mild. Altria also owns Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, one of the country's top premium wine producers and Philip Morris Capital Corporation, an investment company. Altria's mission is to own and develop financially disciplined businesses that are leaders in responsibly providing adult tobacco and wine consumers with superior branded products.
Location Richmond, Virginia
Closing date of competition 03/26/13
Date position available 02/27/13
Description of duties JOB DESCRIPTION:
Altria Client Services' role is to help Altria Group and its operating companies responsibly meet their business goals by providing the high-quality services they require in a financially disciplined way. We are currently seeking a highly qualified Associate Principal Scientist to join our Tobacco & Leaf Technology department in Richmond, VA.
The successful individual will be responsible for identification, development and commercialization of novel genes related to agronomic traits in tobacco. The individuals' primary research focus will be in the commercialization of tobacco genetic traits with emphasis on application and commercial success of tobacco varieties and hybrids having improved agronomic traits.
SPECIFIC ACCOUNTABILITIES INCLUDE:
- Designing and implementing studies to understand plant phenotypic changes and agronomic performance as a result of gene target modification. Specifically, the individual will use recombinant DNA techniques and/or mutagenesis approaches to modify and assess phenotypic impact of targeted genetic changes
- Designing and implementing business and regulatory strategic plans for commercialization of desired traits
- Leading and mentoring the activities of five (5) PhD level scientists plus supporting laboratory personnel
- Designing field trials to generate data necessary for commercialization assessments and regulatory submissions
- Preparing and communicating complex technical, commercialization and regulatory data to key stakeholders, including senior management
- Building organizational capability and fostering an environment of continuous improvement; keeping abreast of new technical, regulatory, and commercialization developments in the field, including participating in relevant scientific societies and their activities
Qualifications sought SPECIFIC SKILLS:
- Master's degree in Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Breeding or related discipline. A PhD degree is preferred
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in commercial biotechnology crop development
- Demonstrated experience with principles of plant biotechnology techniques
- Experience with development and commercialization of plant germplasm containing biotechnological traits such as corn, cotton, soybean, etc
- Experience with data submission to relevant regulatory bodies (USDA, EPA, etc.) and approval processes associated with commercialization of crops containing biotechnological traits
- Experience with project management and with directing the work of other scientists
- Experience with principles of field/greenhouse experimental design and statistical analysis would be preferred
- Must be able to independently design experiments, analyze and interpret experimental data using appropriate statistical analysis techniques and summarize studies to support regulatory submissions and commercialization objectives
- Excellent communication (written and verbal), problem-solving, leadership and multi-tasking project management skills in order to work effectively in a team oriented-environment
At Altria Client Services', we recognize that our people are the reason we achieve our business goals. We believe in developing the leadership potential of our employees by providing them with opportunities for training, development and advancement.
In addition to the opportunity to apply and develop your skills toward key business objectives, we offer an excellent compensation package including a competitive base salary, comprehensive health/vision/dental insurance, participation in our incentive compensation and deferred profit sharing programs, as well as a relocation assistance package.
Additional Information Each company in the Altria family is an equal opportunity employer who considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or other legally protected characteristic.