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Veterans Preferred - Intellectual Property Business Services Leader

Company: The Dow Chemical Company
Location: Midland
Posted on: November 17, 2021

Job Description:


Military Veterans are Encouraged to Apply. Dow has an exciting opportunity for an Intellectual Property (IP) Business Services Leader located in Midland, MI .

About You

Aligned with the Legal Department strategy, you will drive internal change to reduce Legal's cost to serve, collaborate with functional partners and clients to ensure delivery of both run the business operations and support as well as strategic initiatives and projects within the Intellectual Property section of the Legal Department. You will provide leadership to the IP Business Services team and have accountability for the performance and results of the team. As a leader, you will foster a work environment with a high level of integrity and strong customer and safety focus that embraces inclusion and diversity, innovation and sustainability, continuous improvement, and empowerment. Also, you will be responsible to:

  • Define and implement strategy through contributions as member of the Legal Leadership Council, Intellectual Property (IP) Leadership Team, and the Preferred Provider Program team.
  • Communicate standards, anticipate potential objections, and persuade others - often at senior grades, both inside and outside of Legal - to adopt a different point of view and align with standards.
  • Lead team to bring increased focus, governance, standardization, and internal and external discipline to Intellectual Property outside counsel processes and spend management to drive ongoing cost savings for Dow.
  • Lead team to provide centralized transactional services for the Intellectual Property Section, including support and recording of IP asset transfers, entity-to-entity assignments, patent maintenance and abandonment; patent and trademark docketing; IP reporting and metrics; IP support during mergers, acquisitions & divestitures; and management of patent deposit accounts.
  • Develop, own, and manage external vendor relationships (e.g. IP Law's foreign filing, translation, EP validation, and invoice auditing vendors).
  • Lead team to standardize work processes, tools, and reporting to monitor, track metrics, and ensure compliance with documented Department standards and processes and Company systems and policies.
  • Set priorities for team and allocate resources to align with Department objectives and plans of execution.
  • Engage in Mergers, Acquisition, & Divestiture activities, particularly in early stages, to ensure seamless and successful execution.
  • Ensure work process designs contemplate compliance and internal control requirements.
  • Provide oversight and management of Intellectual Property documents and coordination with non-HQ IP sites to meet long-term document storage needs.
  • Provide support and resources for the IP Law annual budgeting process; provide ad hoc data to assist IP leaders with strategic decision making and responding to client inquiries.
  • Directly responsible for annual budget of approximately $1 million.


    Your knowledge, skills and abilities include:
    • Teamwork - is essential as this role is liaison not only within and across legal teams but must work closely with other Dow functions, such as R&D and Finance.
    • Problem Solving - skills are essential to assist team members remove barriers and/or work through obstacles.
    • Communication - skills are key to ensure successful change management and adoption/adherence to standard processes.
    • Technical - skills are beneficial to understand the interconnections between systems and make recommendations to optimize efficiency.
    • Leadership - ability to effectively inspire, coach, and develop employees to meet their full potential.


      Required Qualifications:
      • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree.
      • 8 years of corporate Legal department or Dow experience.
      • A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States. No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.


        Your preferred qualifications include:
        • A degree discipline in Business Administration/Management, Finance, Computer Information Systems, or Legal Studies.
        • Intellectual Property experience.
        • Prosci Change Practitioner.


          Note : Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

          Dow Offers:
          • A robust total rewards program, including: competitive base pay, variable pay that rewards individual, team, and Company performance, and comprehensive benefits
          • On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment
          • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth
          • The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world
          • Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others

            About Dow

            Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

            As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is committed to equal opportunities in employment. We encourage every employee to bring their whole self to work each day to not only deliver more value, but also have a more fulfilling career. Further information regarding Dow's equal opportunities is available on www.dow.com .

            Dow is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and is committed to providing opportunities without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at http://www.dow.com/en-us/contact-us or you may call us at 1-833-My Dow HR and select option 0, then press *.

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