Manager - New Market Innovation precinct

University of Auckland, New Zealand - Faculty of Engineering

An opportunity has emerged for a Manager, Newmarket Innovation Precinct, to join the team within the Faculty of Engineering.  Much of the Faculties work is at a world-class level, and in many research programmes, our researchers are leading the world in their discoveries and developments.

Reporting to the Newmarket Director and playing an integral role, you will establish, operationalise and manage the Newmarket Innovation Precinct, drawing upon your innovation experience, blended with a mix of academic research understanding and commercial imperatives.

Through highly proactive and open work practices you will deliver on the Newmarket Innovation Precinct strategic plan, initially setting up the Precinct Office and work plan, managing the daily operations of the community at Newmarket for innovation, and managing successful co-location and ongoing engagement with external companies at the Newmarket site.  Representing a key strategic focus for the Faculty of Engineering you will need a 'start-up' approach balancing nimble, fresh thinking with the requirements and aspirations of commercial and organisational stakeholders.

This is a senior role with a high level of visibility across the University of Auckland and requires representation and efficacy on behalf of the Faculty of Engineering and the Newmarket Directors Group with industry and other sophisticated stakeholders. Preference will be given to candidates who have an R & D background working with SME’s and start-up businesses, focusing on the manufacturing sector, combined with a commercial innovation background.

Ideally you will be tertiary qualified in engineering, Science or a business related discipline, coupled with ideally 8 years’ experience in industry, with well-developed commercial capability in terms of relationship management, shifting the culture of organisations, networking and a working knowledge of project management and operational management protocols and practices. Additionally you will have the ability to present to diverse groups (including industry) to get buy-in in to new ideas or to a change proposal.

We offer a competitive salary, five weeks’ annual leave per year, and over 300 different career development courses.  In addition, the University offers a company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, childcare and a number of other subsidies on internal and external services.

Please contact Sinead Johnston for a confidential discussion on 09 923 8262.

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