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 have purpose in our work-we are curious, engaged, and have fun. We maintain an active learning mindset and are motivated by diverse people and thoughts. We are energized by all innovators and together we aim to make an impact and contribute to building a better world.
  • 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 Marketing and Communications Department is responsible establishing the brand and brand promise for organization as well as managing internal and external stakeholder engagement and communications in alignment with that. The team leads the communication of the company’s vision, mission and community engagement through traditional and digital communications, media relations, events, internal and stakeholder engagement. The marketing team works in collaboration with the Operations team and Strategy and Business Development to develop and refine of marketing goals, strategies, and tactics that bring our products and platform to life.

 

Position Summary

As a Stakeholder Engagement Director, you will lead the delivery of strategic and operational stakeholder engagement programs that meet the needs and are aligned with our company mission and strategy for a better food system from plant to plate.

You Will:

  • Develop and lead broader stakeholder strategy focused on transparency, community relations, and engagement across government, NGOs, industry associations, and the general public
  • Lead stakeholder research, analysis, and materiality assessment process for the organization
  • Summarizing key findings and analyzing trends, building a process to bubble up critical concerns to leadership to ensure the organization remains up to date and relevant
  • Monitor and research on local, state, provincial, and federal governmental affairs matters affecting Benson Hill’s commercial interests, develop and own key relationships with political officials
  • Participate in company-specific policy advocacy for relevant issues that impact Benson Hill product development, regulatory requirements for the use of technology, ESG reporting, climate smart agriculture, and open new market opportunities
  • Identify collaborative, networking and presenting opportunities for senior and executive leadership
  • Create written and visual materials advocating for our products; train and coach our team members and leadership to tell our story to stakeholder groups - policymakers, regulators, NGOs, public groups, and other important influencers
  • Manage development of community investment program to enhance corporate accountability and elevate our visibility in the community advocating on issues that affect Benson Hill and our community

You Have:

  • 10+ years of legislative, regulatory or stakeholder engagement in food and/or experience in government and community affairs roles with other companies or trade associations
  • Undergraduate degree in political science, public policy, communications, food science or a related field. Advanced knowledge with a master’s or PhD degree is an advantage.
  • Enthusiasm and passion for food innovation with a knowledge of biotechnology and agriculture policy – subject matter expert in the Food Product and Agricultural legislation, Gene Editing or Genetic Modification in food and agricultural products highly preferred
  • Be well-connected across the food industry including deep bench of contacts in trade associations, USDA, FDA, Agricultural Committees, NGOs, federal or state government
  • Ability to be strategic in how we engage stakeholders and identify key conversations to influence and leverage to execute our purpose
  • Savvy communicator with the ability to serve as a representative of Benson Hill;
  • convening stakeholder groups and participating in constructive dialogue
  • High emotional intelligence and verbal and written communication skills that educate and influence senior leaders and cross-functional partners to think innovatively
  • Experience developing and/or leading private and public partnerships

Other

  • Attention to detail
  • Innovative mindset
  • Strong Customer Focus
  • Collaborative
  • History of building stakeholder relationships with external organizations and federal or state government
  • Ability to manage your own time and travel as you investigate strategic opportunities, seek out key SMEs within the organization to connect with and leverage expertise
  • Experience presenting to small or large audiences in a fun and engaging way
  • Ability to work cross-functionally and influence a matrixed organization

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….

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