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Product Development Lead

St. Louis, Missouri, US Apply Later Job ID 01HAJ

Sustainable agriculture is at the core of Monsanto. We are committed to developing the technologies that enable farmers to produce more crops while conserving more of the natural resources that are essential to their success. Monsanto scientists are conducting the research and development (R&D) to revolutionize plant breeding and biotechnology.  The Breeding IT team within Global Breeding Organization works directly with these scientists to develop and automate new capabilities that enable R&D decisions to be made more quickly and efficiently.

Monsanto is seeking an exceptionally talented individual to lead a team of software engineers and to contribute across the Breeding IT team. The successful candidate will provide strategic technical, project, and people leadership in a fast-paced R&D environment to accelerate development of breeding IT apps across our logistic operations. The individual must have excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, a proven track record of solving challenging and complex problems, as well as a strong commitment to achieving results.


  • Lead a team of developers and provide technical direction on software development including code and architecture design reviews, debugging, and mentoring team members to increase overall technical knowledge and team capacity
  • Drive the development and implementation of IT apps to enable a larger, smarter and more connected logistic operations
  • Supervise execution of software development, testing, and software documentation
  • Understand breeding’s IT needs and work directly with scientists and logistic teams to align priorities with workflow automation
  • As this is a people management position, it also requires regular employee 1x1s, coaching, mentoring, and career development

Required Skills:

  • Minimum Masters in Computer Science or Bachelor's Degree and equivalent experience
  • 7+ years of SDLC experience
  • 3+ years of experience leading software engineers
  • Strong technical background with understanding of full-stack development, with emphasis on backend development (APIs, desktop, SaaS, OnPremises, database, process flow)
  • Knowledgeable across multiple programming languages
  • Experience with debugging, performance profiling and optimization
  • Comprehensive understanding of object-oriented/functional and service-oriented application development techniques and theories
  • Experience with source control management systems and continuous integration/deployment environments
  • Strong background in IT management, project management and process improvement
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills, and the ability to foster a positive team environment

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in managing multiple projects with shifting priorities
  • Experience with automated testing
  • Experience with agile development methodologies including Kanban and Scrum
  • Experience with managing the development of SaaS and cloud based applications
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