Licensing Manager

Beijing, Beijing, China

Ref#: 12345710426

Date published: 8-Dec-2017

About Syngenta: Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown.   We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.


About This Job: 

  • Support traits and genetics licensing projects for the CHINA + APAC Region, with emphasis on Vegetable Seeds.

  • Drive the in- and out-licensing strategy for CHINA + APAC and support the Seed business with emphasis on the Vegetable Seeds, including new VEG SE Business Development opportunities in China and other APAC countries.

  • In this context works effectively, independently and pro-actively under the leadership and direction of the Global Vegetable Licensing lead and in close connection with regional Portfolio Managers and local Product Managers.

  • Draft and negotiate term sheets and license agreements in collaboration with Business, IP and legal support.

  • Manage and successfully conclude license agreements for commercial varieties, germplasm, traits, technology as well as research, testing, production, confidentiality & material transfer agreements in a timely manner with third party seed companies, universities and research institutions in China and other APAC countries.

  • Ensure contract compliance (e.g., royalty payments, data requirements, stewardship responsibilities) of licensees and Syngenta are met through database tracking and reporting.

  • Locally develop, manage and maintain the licensing network, build and support strong relationships with licensing partners

  • Locally support the global R&D technology scouting team.

  • Focus on VEG SE - 75% vs. 25% other Seed crops


Essential Knowledge & Experience:

  • Proven experience in germplasm, traits and/or technology licensing.

  • General knowledge of agronomy and technical background in biology, biochemistry or chemistry. Understanding of the agricultural seeds business cycle for growers, retailers and distributors is a plus.

  • Understanding how to manage multidisciplinary teams and projects and operate successfully in a complex matrix organization

  • Sound business practices and financial skills.

  • 2+ years of relevant, hands-on licensing experience

  • 5+ years overall work experience in seed industry and Business

  • Good understanding of Agribusiness, technical background in biology/biochemistry, and general knowledge and understanding of commercial business.

  • Professional experience with product development, supply management, or product evaluation is a plus.

  • Good IP knowhow and legal contract knowledge. 

  • Solid interpersonal skills for interfacing with 3rd party customers

  • Ability to travel as required by the function



  • PhD-degree or advanced science degree in Agronomy, Biology or Biochemistry preferred.

  • Fluent in Chinese and English, both speaking and writing.


    Additional information:

  • Ability to handle a multitude of different projects effectively

  • 60% of work performed in office environment

  • 40% of work performed outside of office environment

  • Full time/ Permanent

  • Base Location: Beijing

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