Blockchain Center of Excellence Lead

  • Monsanto
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Apr 16, 2018
Permanent Development Manager | Blockchain Manager - Technology | Blockchain

Job Description

At Monsanto, we’re focused on finding innovative solutions for the big challenges we face in agriculture.  Monsanto is a sustainable agriculture company. We deliver agricultural products that support farmers all around the world.  We are focused on empowering farmers—large and small—to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. We do this with our leading seed brands in crops like corn, cotton, oilseeds and fruits and vegetables. We also produce leading in-the-seed trait technologies for farmers, which are aimed at protecting their yield, supporting their on-farm efficiency and reducing their on-farm costs.


In Monsanto IT, we leverage cutting edge information technologies to directly participate in revolutionizing digital agriculture and to enhance Monsanto’s ability to deliver innovative solutions that solve the world’s most pressing agricultural challenges. Here you’ll find a team-focused environment that thrives on innovation and encourages you to do extraordinary things. Our IT organization is ranked among the Top 100 Companies by Information Week, and among the 100 Best Places for IT Workers by Computerworld.


We are seeking a Blockchain Center of Excellence Lead to identify and develop business solutions that can be solved using blockchain.  The Lead will establish and grow a Blockchain COE designed to bring together both business and technical innovation to transform the customer experience, improve operational efficiency and test new business models through the use of blockchain technology.  The primary objectives of the center are to accelerate business and technical innovation for blockchain, manage blockchain related partnerships and align blockchain initiatives to an overall enterprise strategy.  The center will connect business and technology innovators and pair them with mentors to deliver new and valuable products and services.  The center should also serve to attract top talent and outside expertise to solve Ag’s toughest block chain challenges.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Cultivate block chain opportunities that build on our existing ag products and digital services platform
  • Participate in the selection and mentoring of block chain projects with high potential to impact Monsanto’s business and Ag.
  • Pair innovative business leaders with engineers to rapidly prototype new block chain-based products and services that can significantly improve agriculture. 
  • Create and execute a long range blockchain strategy to grow business and develop technical platform design and resource needs to successfully support an increasing number of projects
  • Conduct technical diligence for potential blockchain partners
  • Develop the architecture for Monsanto to plug into external blockchains
  • Collaborate with external blockchain community including partnerships with other innovation accelerators, startups, academics and innovators 


Required Education and Skills/Experience:

  • Minimum of a BS Degree in Computer Science, MIS, Engineering or equivalent
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in information technology
  • Previous leadership experience with successfully implementing a technology platform
  • Demonstrated track record of collaboration with both internal and external partners, both technical and non-technical
  • Experience with and understanding of blockchain technology and its application to business problems
  • Entrepreneur mindset with documented track record of successful innovation
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information in a way that engages business leaders and customers


Desired Education and Skills/Experience:

  • MBA or equivalent business experience
  • Previous background in software engineering and Agile development

Pay Rate

Negotiable depending upon experience