We are seeking to recruit at the earliest possibility and on a full-time permanent basis a Lead (m/f/d) Intellectual Property Management with a focus on Life Science and Biotech for the KWS Group. The position is located either in Berlin or at our Headquarters in Einbeck, Lower Saxony, within KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA.

Your Tasks – challenge meets responsibility:


  • Lead an evolving team of IP Managers, providing training and coaching to ensure their full development into IP ambassadors with broad IP expertise (i.e. covering all IP fields)

  • Provide leadership and IP expertise to the KWS Group to expand and maintain a robust and cost balanced IP Portfolio with special focus on Europe 

  • Drive all patent litigation matters to protect KWS patent positions and to secure freedom-to-operate (FTO) for the KWS Group, also representing KWS in court proceedings

  • Provide IP expertise on a global scale for mergers & acquisitions as well as for interactions and transactions with competitors 

  • Develop and implement IP protection strategies and IP positions with a special focus on Europe

  • Accompany selected projects from ideation to product commercialization to identify IP generation opportunities and steer patent prosecution and efficient maintenance in line with business needs

  • Take responsibility to further develop and train KWS employees across the organization in the field of IP rights

Your Profile – competence meets personality: 


  • Master or Ph.D. degree in life sciences, biology, agronomy, or plant breeding plus knowledge of the seed industry

  • Extensive working experience in Intellectual Property matters in industry or private practice

  • Qualification as European Patent Attorney; patent litigation experience a plus

  • Strong Leadership experience in team and talent development

  • Excellent analytical, communication, networking, and collaboration skills 

  • Very good English and good German skills (oral and written) 

We offer:


  • Targeted professional and personal development opportunities

  • Flexible working hours with the option of partially mobile work

  • An international, motivated, and dynamic team


Would you like to develop your potential and grow at KWS? Then we look forward to receiving your application (short cover letter, resume, relevant certificates, EQE) via our online portal.