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Cummins Inc. IP Lead in Troy, Michigan

IP Lead


Our culture believes in POWERING YOUR POTENTIAL . We provide global opportunities to develop your career, make your community a better place and work with today’s most innovative thinkers to solve the world’s toughest problems.

We believe in flexibility for you to explore your passions while making an impact through meaningful work within our inclusive workforce. That’s what #LifeAtCummins is all about.

We are looking for a talented IP Lead to join our team specializing in Law for our Components Business Segment in Remote setting.

In this role, you will make an impact in the following ways:

  • Manages improvement for the overall effectiveness of one or more functions. Consults and supports processes, capabilities, systems and data for the function aligned to end-to-end value stream performance goals. Partners to drive improvement activities within the function to deliver performance objectives of impacted value streams and improve outcomes for customers. Stays connected within relevent industries to support advancement within the function and position the company for sustainability and growth.

  • Coordinates the creation of functional maturity goals in collaboration with business leaders, other functional leaders and end-to-end process owners.

  • Identifies and manages the functional excellence strategy and roadmap to achieve functional maturity goals.

  • Manages performance metrics for the function that contribute to performance goals of one or more internal value chains or end-to-end processes.

  • Coordinates enterprise-level governance of functional processes, systems and data as part of the overall end-to-end framework.

  • Supports appropriate functional talent activities including composition of global position profiles, functional competencies, and functional learning and development needs.

  • Contributes to the development of the functional learning strategy to include experiential learning, networking, professional associations and formal training courses.

  • Utilizes business knowledge and experience to identify growth opportunities for the function to improve outcomes for the customer.

  • Sustains operational knowledge of functionally relevant practices, analytics, governance, and quality, knowing who can help customers

  • Routinely engages with industry experts and peers, conducting research on best practices.

  • Collaborates with end to end process owners and functional excellence peers to prioritize continuous improvement efforts for the function.

  • Delivers improvements that are measurable and significant.

  • Participates in knowledge sharing to develop enterprise subject-matter expertise in one or more functions.


To be successful in this role you will need the following:

  • Customer focus - Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.

  • Strategic mindset - Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.

  • Global perspective - Taking a broad view when approaching issues, using a global lens.

  • Action oriented - Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.

  • Optimizes work processes - Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.

  • Business insight - Applying knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organization’s goals.

  • Manages complexity - Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.

  • Drives engagement - Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.

  • Drives vision and purpose - Painting a compelling picture of the vision and strategy that motivates others to action.

  • Manages ambiguity - Operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.

  • Situational adaptability - Adapting approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations.

  • Organizational savvy - Maneuvering comfortably through complex policy, process, and people-related organizational dynamics.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

  • College, university, or equivalent degree required

  • This position may require licensing for compliance with export controls or sanctions regulations.


Significant relevant experience required, including managerial experience. Prefer strong experience leading strategic and change efforts within a function or business unit; and the ability to make and drive connections across relevant work streams. Solid communication and stakeholder management skills, as well as ability to work comfortably amidst ambiguity important for success in this role.

Remote at this time;

  • The main focus of this role is the improvement, maintenance, and management of the Intellectual Property practice in relation to innovation and technology of Cummins-Meritor.

  • Strongly benefit from other professional qualifications such as USPTO certified patent agent

  • The position requires technical expertise and significant prior experience in an IP role, preferably assisting with matters relating to the prep and pros of patent applications and leading/implementing FTO programs.

  • Experience running prior art and clearance searches would be particularly advantageous.

  • Works to meet the needs of IP stakeholders through management of the Cummins’ IP database.

  • Obtains the rights and secures IP based on collaboration described above that will advance the capability of the function and its ability to deliver commercially viable products that contribute to profitable growth.

  • Develops or improves the IP strategy and the processes and systems related to IP across function(s) within a global business unit or managing improvement across business units.

  • Manages teams for the purpose of harvesting and protecting Cummins’ IP and avoiding third party IP and coaches and mentors those involved in the creation and use of IP.

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary rate commensurate with experience. Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

Base salary range: $100,000 – $150,000

Please note that the salary range provided is a good faith estimate on the applicable range. The final salary offer will be determined after considering relevant factors, including a candidate’s qualifications and experience, where appropriate.

Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

Cummins and E-verify

At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins validates right to work using E-Verify. Cummins will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.


Primary Location United States-Michigan-Rochester Hills-US, MI, Troy, 2135 West Maple Road

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting Jun 10, 2024, 4:18:34 PM

Unposting Date Jun 25, 2024, 1:59:00 AM

Organization Cummins Meritor

Role Category Hybrid - Potential for Partial Remote

Relocation Package Eligible

Req ID: 240003NO