Agrium Inc

Director, Proprietary Technology and Innovation

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Director, Proprietary Technology and Innovation


If you live safety always and have a strong desire to build a better tomorrow then look to the company who helps feed the world.


Cultivating Excellence is Crop Production Service's culture of ownership and joint accountability. At its heart, Cultivating Excellence is about achieving superior results with integrity together while connecting and collaborating across the entire organization.


While we have great people, it is not just about that; it’s the ability to lead your own engagement.  It’s the opportunity to grow and develop your career in ways you never envisioned while teaming up with people with a passion to make a difference in the world.


Who You Will Work With


You will work daily beside teams of people who care about your safety on the job and at home. Together, you will have a Commitment to Zero and follow our 3 Safety Principles: Do It safely or not at all, there is always time to do it safely, and Care for each other’s health, safety and security.


Your team will bring out the best in you by enabling you to achieve goals and reach your full potential.  You will find innovative ways to deliver on our vision of feeding the world responsibly while working side by side in an inclusive culture.


Reporting to the Vice President, Proprietary Technology & Innovation, the Director, Proprietary Technology & Innovation is a leadership role supporting Agrium’s innovation strategy and portfolio, as well as the commercial integration of acquired and licensed-in technologies/intellectual property into its proprietary businesses including Loveland Products, Seed, and Wholesale. This position will be based out of Calgary, Alberta or Loveland, Colorado.


Key Tasks:

  • Strong contribution to the development, and execution, of commercial innovation strategies and initiatives for application of proprietary technologies originating from internal R&D efforts, equity investees and other business partners into our commercial businesses.
  • Contribute to business development opportunities to optimize Agrium’s innovation portfolio, gain access to new technologies, and accelerate commercialization efforts through acquisition, development agreements and other commercial partnerships.
  • Interface with key functional groups and business leaders and will have accountability for developing, implementing, and managing Agrium’s technology commercialization process across our innovation platforms to manage internal and equity investment projects, as well as 3rd party technology diligence.
    Assessing and prioritizing innovation spend, capital/operational budgeting, identifying commercial synergies, and intellectual property consideration.
  • Support the development and communication of Agrium’s broader innovation strategy, as well as the execution of key strategic objectives.
  • Support the analysis, development and execution of a multi-pronged technology commercialization strategy across the innovation portfolio, including the evaluation of existing and alternative channels to market to maximize the value of Agrium’s proprietary technology portfolios. 
  • Assess internal innovation pipeline and analyze key technologies with potential for commercial application, working closely with Agrium proprietary commercial and technical teams.
  • Key role in technology and innovation investment analysis, deal structuring, negotiations and cut-over / integration planning and execution.
  • Key member of the IP strategy team evaluating and prioritizing patent, trade secret, and other IP considerations across proprietary technology portfolios and investments.


  • Demonstrates knowledge of accountability frameworks (e.g. RASCI, PBL).  Ensures team goals align and contributes to Agrium’s strategy. Measures team performance, promotes recognition and holds individuals accountable for goal achievement. Rapidly responds to challenges that block team performance.  Proactively keeps leadership informed on progress towards results.
  • Builds connections with stakeholders to gain an understanding and a foundation for working together. Responds to and identifies opportunities for collaboration and proactively shares information and resources.
  • Adapts own personal communication and behavioral styles to reach a positive outcome. Resolves conflict by constructively surfacing and addressing underlying issues. Understands formal and informal organizational structure to help build more effective relationships.
  • Drives and supports breakthrough thinking and initiatives that lead to significant improvements in the business. Improvises, adapts and rearranges in response to new directions and maintains a positive attitude in the face of uncertainty. 
  • Proactively deals with problems, issues and questions to reduce ambiguity and address resistance to change. Identifies root cause of barriers to change and employs tactics to surface and resolve issues.
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of Agrium’s products, services and solutions across the global organization and how they contribute to strategy. Uses customer, supplier and market trends to provide innovative product, service and solution offerings. Examines industry practices, new developments and trends with a focus on future business possibilities. Reaches out across business units and corporate functions to sustain collaboration on complex issues that results in synergies.
  • Seeks out relevant details, considers implications and includes impacted stakeholders before making decisions. Makes sound decisions in complex/ambiguous situations. Decision making reflects critical and creative thinking. 
  • Decisions demonstrate a balance between timeliness and other variables (e.g. safety, sustainability, stakeholder needs). Decisions demonstrate collaboration and consideration of both strategy and tactics.
  • Determines and implements opportunities within own area of influence to optimize shareholder value. Implements effective ways to provide exceptional customer service. Incorporates process improvement best practices from other parts of Agrium and industry to raise standards of performance. Generates and brings forward ideas to grow the business of Agrium.


  • Bachelor Degree in Business Administration.   MBA, Finance, and/or Accounting Designation strongly preferred (i.e. CPA, CFA, CA or related.
  • 10+ years of broad and progressive experience in the agriculture industry. 
  • Experience in mergers and acquisition diligence and integration, and/or innovation or corporate strategy development and execution preferred.


Why Crop Production Services?


Winning together; our culture coupled with great people, who deliver results with integrity, is what sets Crop Production Services apart from other career opportunities. We’re dedicated to winning together and that is what consistently makes Crop Production Services an award-winning company. We are listed as one of the best places to work both in Canada and the U.S.


Crop Production Services, an Agrium company, is committed to building an inclusive workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities and veterans.


We believe our diverse and inclusive workforce helps us communicate effectively and adds to our business success. This is just one of the reasons Agrium has been honored as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for the past eight years.  Additionally, our Employee Resource Groups – the Women's Inclusion Network and the Young Professionals Network, create awareness and opportunity for constructive action and dialogue.

Those passionate about this challenging opportunity please apply in confidence directly at  While we appreciate all applications we receive, we advise that only applicants under consideration will be contacted.






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