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Project Engineer


Des Moines, IA, Midwest United States, USA



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Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology

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Corteva Agriscience has an exciting opportunity for a Project Engineer to join our team in Johnston, IA.

Grow what’s next. Grow your future. Corteva Agriscience is the world leader in the plant biotechnology industry including the discovery, development and delivery of elite crop genetics, crop protection and digital solutions. Our Seed Technology and Innovation team is looking for an innovative and highly motivated Project Engineer to join the team located in the Des Moines metro area.

The Seed Technology and Innovation team is dedicated to the successful conception, design, development, integration and support of novel machines, automated processes and other enabling technologies to be used within the company. The qualified candidate would work in close partnership with members of our scientific and engineering community, in a team environment, to deliver business impactful engineered solutions. 

Responsibilities - How will you help us grow? 

  • Identify critical needs, technical requirements, and implement new and existing solutions that measurably improve productivity, quality, and safety of seed technology team activities.
  • Lead projects developing, evaluating and implementing new and novel solutions
  • Lead project teams comprised of various engineering and technical disciplines dependent on project requirements – could include mechanical, electrical, controls, software engineers, technicians, assemblers, and end-users
  • Participate in oversight committees guiding the strategic direction of various initiatives.
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of mechanical engineers, automation engineers, engineering technicians, and software programmers to prioritize work, develop and deliver automation solutions to solve problems for our business partners. 
  • Manage partnerships with external collaborators to develop novel solutions and implement at global Corteva sites
  • Utilize SolidWorks CAD software to design and document engineering solutions.
  • Develop and assemble proof of concept and prototype machines within a hands-on setting utilizing machine shop tools and equipment.
  • Deliver, document and test new and existing engineered solutions.
  • Work in a team environment within a large, diverse organization, leveraging the skills of others while continuing to build upon your own.


What expertise have you grown? 

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Engineering 
  • Minimum of 10 years engineering experience including product design/development and project management preferred
  • Proven experience managing a portfolio of projects, budgets and timelines
  • Experience with forecasting future projects, partnering with business clients, providing clarity and guidance on innovation expectations
  • Proven experience with 3D CAD software (SolidWorks preferred but not required).
  • Proven experience in a hands-on setting developing, assembling and testing electromechanical solutions.
  • Strong aptitude and desire for innovation and operational excellence.
  • Have the right to work in the U.S. without restriction.

In addition to these qualifications, we are seeking candidates who have demonstrated the following core competencies: 

  • Individuals must be self-motivated, have demonstrated personal initiative, have excellent organization skills, and a strong work ethic.
  • Outstanding problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Familiarity with the Intellectual Property process
  • Experience in designing/deploying robotics and complex automated systems.
  • Interested in learning new skills, gaining knowledge of Corteva business processes and investigating new technologies to support cutting-edge projects.
  • Experience in a shop environment operating fabrication and welding equipment preferred.
  • Experience with experimental design
  • Excellent written/verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Preferred experience working in the agricultural/biological industry.

Work/Visa Sponsorship not offered for this role


Check out life at Corteva!

Let’s peek at how you can grow your wellbeing, health, and future at Corteva! 

  • Strike a better work-life balance with robust time off benefits including paid maternity, paternal and family illness leave
  • Prepare for your future with our competitive retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement program, and more
  • Enjoy access to health benefits for you and your family on your first day of employment
  • And much, much more! 

We care about you and we care that you're comfortable. While there's no place like home, Corteva comes close.

Our Campus:
Our Johnston, Iowa campus is home to 2,500 employees whose mission is simple – to feed the world. While our employees are busy working to solve world hunger and ensure environmental sustainability, we’re taking care of them by offering convenience and comfort during the workday with an onsite fitness center, coffee shop and top-notch cafeteria touting a grill, deli, fresh salad bar and a variety of healthy menu options. Need some fresh air during your work day? Take advantage of our beautiful, tree-lined walking trails or relax by the pond. We also offer countless opportunities to connect with your colleagues through community volunteerism, sports teams and parties, and holiday events. Did we mention you’ll be working in state-of-the art buildings with the latest technology with colleagues from all over the world? Join us in bringing food into homes around the world, while we make you feel at home while you’re at work.

Our Community: 
Des Moines, Iowa is the fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the Midwest with a nationally ranked high quality of living. It’s nicknamed the Silicon Prairie for its place as an up-and-coming hot spot for technology. Living here means Saturdays at the nationally renowned Downtown Farmers' Market, sporting events, a robust downtown night life and access to one of the most artistic medium sized cities. If you enjoy the outdoors, Des Moines offers beautiful nature trails for a casual walking, running or biking adventures. 

It means going to a job you love and coming home to a community of friends and family. Communities care about their residents and residents care about their communities, making a difference for everyone who lives here. This is a place where culture flourishes and opportunities grow, where a work-life balance can be achieved, where education is unmatched, and award-winning arts and entertainment are right around the corner. 

Ready to grow your perspectives, impact and career? We seek applicants from all backgrounds to ensure we get the best, most creative talent on our team. Start by applying to this opportunity today!


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Job Post Date: 08/07/22
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