R&D Project Manager

Department:  Research and Development
Date:  Jan 13, 2022

FMC Corporation is a global agricultural sciences company dedicated to helping growers produce food, feed, fiber and fuel for an expanding world population while adapting to a changing environment. FMC's innovative crop protection solutions – including biologicals, crop nutrition, digital and precision agriculture – enable growers, crop advisers and turf and pest management professionals to address their toughest challenges economically while protecting the environment. With approximately 6,400 employees at more than 100 sites worldwide, FMC is committed to discovering new herbicide, insecticide and fungicide active ingredients, product formulations and pioneering technologies that are consistently better for the planet.

FMC is a globally diverse organization that offers its employees exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects that are important to the achievement of our strategic objectives.  With a corporate culture of innovation, integrity, responsibility and customer intimacy, we foster “The Right Chemistry” in everything we do. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets. If you are ready to make a difference every day, FMC is ready to talk to you.  Visit FMC to learn more and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter

The R&D Project Leader typically does not have direct reports and therefore must be able to effectively manage through influence, communication, and negotiation.


The R&D Project Leader will work through a cross-functional project leadership team.  The core team members lead functional teams to assure project deliverables meet technical, timeline, and financial deliverables.


The R&D Project Leader exercises judgment within broadly defined best practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.  They also perform duties independently, with minimal direction, and are expected to give direction/guidance across the business.  Additionally, they work on complex problems of diverse scope where analysis of situations or data require an in-depth evaluation of various factors and a high level of business sophistication.


The R&D Project Leader is accountable to lead the team and to develop a current year and future years project budget and forecast updates.  The leader will collaborate with Global Strategic Marketing to assemble business case and project valuation while guiding the team to achieving technical milestones and managing the program through a governance process.  He or she will objectively represent the program to business leadership. 


The R&D Project Leader is accountable to follow the defined new product development process and ensure a consistent data set for the assigned projects including:  a project plan inclusive of key activities and key milestones, a risk-adjusted business case, commercial assumptions, technical assumptions, risks, a commercial launch plan, and post-launch documentation.

The Project Leader has broad exposure to functional areas within and outside of R&D, including all R&D functional disciplines, R&D Leadership, Global Strategy Marketing, Global Regulatory Affairs, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Procurement, and the Executive Leadership Team.


Key activities include:

Lead project teams from late stage Discovery to Commercial launch for new proprietary active ingredients
Translate project targets into research plans by working closely with the core and extended teams
Ensure timely updates to program milestones, valuation, and risks, and work with various stakeholders in preparing scenario analysis
Develop and update 5-year plans and a long range 15-year plan using specified Project Planning tools
Plan and review annual budgets and monthly forecasts
Responsible for assembling all key decision-making information and assumptions
Presents project updates to executive leadership and governing bodies for continued funding and advancement
Identify and escalate critical issues that require immediate action
Convey to R&D organization an understanding of a project’s market opportunity, competitive landscape, and business impact
Organize end of program final review and manage hand-over to “manage existing business” associates.  Documents learning experiences.
Actively participates in negotiations with critical success partners and/or suppliers for their assigned projects

Required Education

University degree in a relevant agricultural sciences field preferred.  (Biology, Plant Science, Entomology, Weed Science, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering related)



Bachelor’s degree or higher in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, or related field with at least 5 years of post-degree experience
PMP Certification or similar experience in new product development and experience in crop protection products and markets are all considered a plus
A leader who is comfortable working across multiple functional disciplines, geographic regions, cultures, and interactions with executive leadership
Able to work independently with enthusiasm to deliver on key milestones in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities
Comfortable with key financial metrics and how to utilize them to set priorities and drive decision making
Able to drive results with team through an influential and inclusive leadership approach
Must have good judgment with the ability to think creatively and strategically

At FMC, diversity and inclusion are in our DNA. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to creating an inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive – regardless of race, gender, sex, pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, color, age, religion or religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. FMC also supports employee participation in company employee resource groups that celebrate the diverse backgrounds of our workforce by providing communities for employees to connect with each other and raise awareness throughout FMC. FMC complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact our Talent Acquisition department