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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 proficiency

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

  • Identify IP generation opportunities and steer patent prosecution in line with business needs

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

  • Develop and implement Freedom-to-Operate positions for the KWS Group

  • Provide your insights and ideas to bring the team of IP Managers to the next level

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


Your Profile – Competence meets Personality:

  • Strong Leadership experience, preferably with focus on team and talent development

  • Extensive working experience in IP matters in industry or private practice

  • Qualification as European Patent Attorney

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

  • 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 in line with the KWS guiding principle “Make Yourself Grow”

  • 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) via our online portal.


About KWS

KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. With the tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for more than 160 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, potato, rapeseed, sunflowers and vegetables. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods. 5.700 employees represent KWS in more than 70 countries.

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