The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.
Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change.
As per IRRI Tech Transfer strategy and plans, under the direction of the Business Development Senior Manager, the candidate would assist the BDM in delivery of impact and revenue for IRRI by exploring, developing, defining (with initial negotiations) new partnerships with agriculture companies (agri inputs and value chain) and/or social businesses. Finalize reports for submission to the IRRI Tech Transfer team. Establish and develop positive relationship with IRRI colleagues. The candidate would build strong network and market intelligence to identify opportunities.
Roles and Responsibilities
Assist Senior Manager - Business Development in India in managing portfolio of partners and potential partners.
First level of planning of India business development strategies.
Implement the business development program in line with IRRI Tech Transfer strategies for partners and potential partners, under BDM's supervision
Manages information relevant to the India rice ecosystem, including seed companies, agro-supply, millers, traders etc
Help communicate IRRI Tech Transfer mission, strategy and achievements to internal stakeholders.
Contribute to the promotion of best practices for Intellectual Property (IP) Management at IRRI and compliance to the IPCC policies.
Positive engagement with Agri input and value chain Industry and also liaison with IRRI internal stakeholders
Engage proactively and positively with external stakeholders from seed companies, other Agri input agro-supply, millers, traders. Explore opportunities for IRRI from such engagement and develop strong network.
Engage positively with IRRI researchers and other colleagues, and develop high quality dialog to understand their needs, in line with IRRI Tech Transfer strategy, procedures and plans.
Under supervision of BDM, assess IRRI internal needs in view of broader IRRI Tech Transfer priorities for India and develop first level of action plans.
Assist BDM in India in generating more impact and revenue for IRRI
Applies correct business models, and promotes proposals for IRRI Tech Transfer initiatives with partners and prospects, and assist in moving them through completion
Explore and attend opportunities (meetings, conference etc) to build strong networking
Gather market information, perform preliminary market studies to obtain adequate data for analysis
Analyze data on relevant markets and correlate other information to identify opportunities
Develop action plans based on identified opportunities with partners and potential partners
Ensure and communicate reasonable turnaround time on requests from internal/external stakeholders.
Develop, execute and sustain high level internal reporting/ communication plans
Write reports for submission to IRRI Tech Transfer team and other internal stakeholders
Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Plant Biology with Master in Business Administration (MBA), Management, Business Development or related field with 2 - 3 years of relevant work experience
Has the ability to learn quickly
Has excellent oral and written communication in diverse cultural backgrounds and at diverse levels of responsibility
Has good documentation and organizational skills
Has good negotiation skills
Has strong business sense
Has aptitude for negotiation in an international context
Has understanding of the agro-supply industry
High level of analytical skills
Has experience working for an international organization or a multi-national company
Knowledge of project management
House-Rent Allowance: IRRI provides a house rent allowance of 40% of base pay per month.
Transport Allowance: A monthly transport allowances are provided to NRS as follows; Job level 6-7: INR 5,000
Dearness Allowance: One hundred and thirteen percent (113 %) of employee’s base pay
Leave Travel Allowance(LTA): One month base pay per annum on availing minimum 2 days of annual/home leave
Education Allowance: INR 1,000/- per child per month (limited to 2 children)