ABOUT THE COMPANY
Syngenta is a world-leading agriculture company committed to sustainable integrated crop solutions through the development of innovative technologies and cutting-edge science. The company aims to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of limited agriculture resources.
Founded in 2000, following the merger of Novartis’ agrochemical division and AstraZeneca’s agrochemical and biotechnology businesses, Syngenta has succeeded in integrating the rich heritage of its predecessors into its own dynamic corporate culture. It is this ethos that drives the organization to strive for the creation of demographically-sensitive products, which are designed to ease the pressures caused by population growth, the demand for increased crop-yields and the scarcity of water and land.
Syngenta invests around US $1.4 billion (>10% annual revenue) a year in R&D, and is unique in combining chemistry, genetics, breeding and computational science to develop new products and solutions. Its R&D function is considered the most productive and innovative in the industry, and it continues to increase returns while accelerating the pace of innovation.
ABOUT THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEPARTMENT
Syngenta’s IP department is a pivotal part of the company’s Legal department and it works closely with the Research and Development department to ensure that the IP function acts as a strong business partner and creates value for the organization. In 2018, the company filed a total of 110 patent applications for crop protection innovations.
ABOUT THE POSITION
In the initial phase, the appointed person will work alongside the current Head of Patents, UK, and support in leading and managing certain aspects of patent activities and matters for Syngenta’s UK business and to identify, protect, enforce and leverage technical and intellectual assets for the Crop Protection business. The responsibilities of this role will also include co-ordination of the UK team of patent attorneys and specialists; working closely with all relevant internal partners (including R&D, various business units, Legal and Licensing) across the world, as well as with stakeholders outside Syngenta. It is expected that the appointed person will assume full function of the role as Head of Patents, UK upon the retirement of the incumbent.
The successful candidates will ideally possess the following criteria:
- Professional qualification as a UK/European Patent Attorney with more than ten years’ post-qualification experience;
- Experience of leading an IP team within a multi-national corporation and familiarity with the communication, management and business processes in a culturally diverse international organization (Exceptional candidates with leadership potential may also be considered);
- An excellent educational background in Chemistry, preferably to PhD level.