VP, CropOS at Benson Hill (St. Louis, MO)

| St. Louis, MO
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About Benson Hill
Benson Hill empowers innovators to develop more healthy, tasty and sustainable food by unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants. Benson Hill’s CropOS™ platform combines machine learning and big data with breeding techniques and plant biology to drastically accelerate and simplify the product development process. This platform allows for cost-effective and more efficient ways for companies to analyze and make improvements in plant genetics. Benson Hill brings a unique and holistic approach to our product and platform development, as we span a broader workflow involving trait and seed development, genome editing, and breeding all the way to creating better ingredients and varieties that tap a strong consumer demand for more flavorful and nutritious fruits and vegetables. More information can be found online at www.bensonhill.com. Follow us on Twitter at @BensonHillInc.

Our Purpose and Core Values

Our Core Values are a set of common principles we share that are fundamental to our company’s identity.

  • Be Bold!  We redefine boundaries by providing new solutions to difficult problems. Together we are driven to transform the future and will not allow the fear of failure to prevent us from innovating. We voice our opinions, embrace change, and challenge each other to think creatively.
  • Be Inspired! We redefine boundaries by providing new solutions to difficult problems. Together we are driven to transform the future and will not allow the fear of failure to prevent us from innovating. We voice our opinions, embrace change, and challenge each other to think creatively.
  • Be Real! We understand who we are, what we want to achieve, and what it takes to get there. We hold each other accountable through timely, candid, and well-intentioned feedback. Together we engage in honest communication and healthy debate that leads to success through true alignment.

Department Overview

The CropOS Department leads the development of Benson Hill’s crop design platform, CropOS™ which combines machine learning and big data with genome editing and plant biology to accelerate and simplify the product development process. The team partners with the Research & Development teams on the development of a portfolio of offerings (commercial, product, or platform related) that meet the needs of Benson Hill’s business units.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer, the VP of CropOS understands business needs and leads the identification of opportunities for application of data science and machine learning to improve and accelerate value creation through Benson Hill’s research projects, product pipelines, and business operations.  This leader will not only create but also lead the execution strategy, design project roadmaps and own project plans. They will identify internal and external information sources and is able to create novel ML based solutions with impact to the business. They will build effective working relationships with subject matter experts across Benson Hill and the external marketplace. The VP of CropOS will be an expert and stay an expert in current and emerging ML technologies, techniques, and tools.

You Will: (Essential Duties and Responsibilities)

  • Identify opportunities to create differentiated products through the application of data and ML models
  • Define and communicate overall strategy for the applications of ML to Benson Hill’s product pipeline
  • Lead all data science efforts to develop state-of-the-art predictive models impacting Benson Hill’s product pipeline and business
  • Collaborate on projects with various internal teams including scientists from other disciplines, data and software engineers, and project leaders.
  • Effectively communicate results in written and visual format to other scientists and project stakeholders
  • Hire, coach and develop team members

 You Have: (Competencies and Qualifications)

 Education

  • PhD in machine learning or related field

Experience

  • >10 years of experience applying a broad variety of machine learning methodologies across multiple domains and with a variety of business objectives.
  • Demonstrated success in technical and people leadership roles
  • Demonstrated expertise applying machine learning, deep learning, reinforcement learning and other artificial intelligence methods to solve business problems.
  • Experience using a variety of ML packages and libraries and cloud-based AI platforms such as TensorFlow, H2O.ai, Amazon Sagemaker or others.
  • Experience organizing and planning complex projects and ability to multi-task in a start-up

Other

  • Attention to detail
  • Strong Customer Focus
  • Collaborative
  • Ability to focus and work independently with little direction

 We have a Total Rewards Package at Benson Hill that consists of more than just your paycheck. Total Rewards at Benson Hill covers Pay (salary and bonus), Health (employer benefit contributions) and Wealth (investments). Some of the perks include:

  • A Collaborative Environment
  • A flexible PTO program with a focus on work/life balance
  • Competitive medical benefits and retirement savings plan
  • FREE Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Education reimbursement
  • PAID parental leave
  • And more….
More Information on Benson Hill
Benson Hill operates in the Agriculture industry. The company is located in St.Louis, MO. Benson Hill was founded in 2012. It has 304 total employees. To see all 40 open jobs at Benson Hill, click here.
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