Deputy Director: Business Development (Industry Partnerships)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 15 May 2022

  • Innovative leadership role in the newly created UniSA Enterprise Hub
  • Lead industry-based business development activities
  • Attractive remuneration package with 17% superannuation

About the Enterprise Partnerships Unit

As ‘Australia’s University of Enterprise’, industry-engaged research is a cornerstone of our purpose at the University of South Australia and the University will take a partnered approach to research and enterprise through the establishment of a UniSA Enterprise Hub™ to be operated and supported by a newly formed Enterprise Partnerships Unit.

The Enterprise Partnerships Unit will bring together the functions and activities of business development, partnership with industries, community groups and Aboriginal corporations; business incubation; research translation and commercialisation. It acknowledges our research capabilities and takes these to partnerships via a sector-based approach and services that are articulated in ways that are accessible to business and community. It also provides unified and clear points of support and contact for our research community at UniSA.

About the Role

The Deputy Director: Business Development is a new and pivotal role, responsible for the leadership of UniSA’s industry-based business development activities. Through your strategic and focused leadership, you will create industry strategy to strengthen UniSA’s position as an internationally renowned higher education partner and manage the Business Development team in order to achieve the strategy.

Essential Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will be an innovative and collaborative leader with a proven track record of achievement in generating new business and managing strategic relationships, whilst exceeding KPI’s for partner and industry engagement. Outstanding coaching and people management skills are essential, as is the ability to work with national and international partners.

To be successful in this position, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Extensive experience in business development with a track record of achieving agreed targets
  • Successful track record of establishing partnerships with industry and developing strategic partnerships between industry and professions, preferably but not essentially with academia
  • Experience in the development of new markets in multiple sectors through the development of innovative approaches to market, business and product development
  • Leadership and people management skills to mentor and motivate staff, ensuring end-user-focused approach to the delivery of services


Our benefits include professional development support, additional leave and salary sacrifice options and a generous superannuation contribution of 17%. Our family friendly approach and commitment to flexibility and wellbeing will ensure you enjoy the many benefits of living and working in vibrant, highly affordable Adelaide, which is consistently ranked one of the world’s most liveable cities.


As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment. Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results.

How to Apply

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA . The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.

Please address your cover letter to Sarah Doyle, Senior Recruitment Consultant. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at using job reference number 4011.

Applications close: 11.30pm Sunday 15 May 2022

Applications welcomed from Australian or NZ citizens, Australian permanent residents and those who have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment.


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Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

UniSA is committed to developing a diverse workforce and a constructive enterprising culture in which everyone can thrive.

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