Focus Area: Plants
Institution Name: Scott's Miracle-GRO
Location: Columbus, OH
Application Opening Date: 11/29/18
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Job Start Date: Unknown
Compensation: Unknown


Job Description

At Scotts Miracle-Gro we think people are like the right place you will grow and flourish. Are you an advocate of making the world a more beautiful place by inspiring others, championing new ideas and being intellectually curious? Are you not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? If so, then we want you as part of our Scotts family...the world's largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden care products!

We are looking for an Associate Product Development Manager who will join our Seed Research and Development team.

This position will be based at The Scotts Miracle-Gro world headquarters in Marysville, a suburb of Columbus, OH. Not familiar with Columbus? Visit

The Associate Product Development Manager will lead a multi-functional technical team responsible for the R&D aspects of consumer grass seed product commercialization. Direct reports includes scientists and formulators, project leadership extends to packaging engineers, regulators and marketers. This role is the primary commercialization liaison between R&D and the larger cross functional team. They will be responsible for setting expectations, timelines, budgets, mentoring, resource management and project management. This role reports to the VP of Lawns R&D. 

In this role you will:

  • Provide leadership to direct report team (4 individuals with various functional backgrounds including Ph.D., MS, and BS levels) to develop the future generation of R&D leaders by supporting their development through coaching and performance management.

  • Identification and assessment of new 3rd party technologies, including the evaluation of partnership agreements (CDA’s MTA’s etc.), and communicating the technology benefit to the consumer and business needs.

  • Build and maintain network of external universities, researchers, suppliers and industry groups.

  • Identify, evaluate and advocate for innovative ideas and shepard them through the SMG innovation process.

  • Create a climate that encourages innovative solutions.

  • Gain alignment with senior leadership through regular milestone updates.

  • Participate in developing business strategy to drive growth in category.

  • Provide technical expertise to support the maintenance of current product lines.

  • Management of individual projects and overall department budget.

  • Appreciation for consumer insight derived from both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods such as focus groups, ethnography, surveys etc.

  • Partner with key stakeholders including Marketing, Supply Chain, Regulatory, and Technical Services to support projects

  • Collaborate closely with colleagues in R&D, Marketing, Regulatory, Sourcing, and Manufacturing to ensure alignment on project goals, effective use of resources and explore innovation possibilities.

  • Serve as a leader by identifying opportunities followed by compelling communication and facts to implement change.

  • Present research findings to executive leadership.

  • Mentor and coach team members to raise the overall performance of the team

The perfect person will have:

  • .M.S. or Ph.D. in Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, or Horticulture a plus. Minimum Bachelor’s degree in similar field .Minimum 3 years of experience in R&D or similar field.

  • Solid experience in new product development of consumer packaged goods; ideally lawn and garden products, including managing the daily aspects of existing product and preparing, supporting and implementing new product introductions.

  • Appreciation for the key role of marketing in a consumer goods business.

  • Detail oriented with ability to multitask in a dynamic environment where success depends on deep internal and external collaborations.

  • Knowledge of experimental design, ideation/technology scouting, concept refinement, development, commercialization, collaboration with internal stakeholders such as marketing, supply chain, product portfolio management, conducting research in support of product launches and cost savings initiatives.

  • Experience communicating scientific concepts to senior leadership; outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated success in team building, leadership and talent development.

  • Experience partnering effectively with marketing, regulatory agencies and senior management to develop new product concepts based on consumer insights.

  • Strong ability to influence key stakeholders through technical expertise and leadership skills.

  • Exceptional relationship building / interpersonal skill and the ability to work with multiple internal and external stakeholders.

What we do for our associates (just to list a few cool ones):

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

  • Onsite wellness center which includes: 2,400 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor’s office.

  • Beautiful campus and corporate offices designed like a log cabin offering free coffee, chef run cafe and the best crushed ice!

  • Unbelievable 401K match and discounted stock purchasing program.

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes four employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and Scotts Young Professionals.

  • Generous vacation day policy.

  • Various associate engagement activities throughout the year including intramural sports leagues.


Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Scotts Miracle-Gro by accessing our Talent Network: SMG Talent Network

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products, with a full range of products for professional horticulture as well. Scotts Miracle-Gro has helped to grow the nearly $7 billion global consumer lawn and garden market through product innovation, industry-leading advertising efforts and its trusted brands.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Scotts, Miracle-Gro, TomCat, Ortho, RoundUp, Bonnie Plants, Osmocote, Earthgro and Fafard.

Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.

Contact Information:
Mark Slavens

Created By:
Featherstone, Janilyn

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