Manager, Commercialisation & New Ventures

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 10 Oct 2023 - 00:00 (UTC)

21 Sep 2023
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Research Field

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Recognised Researcher (R2)
First Stage Researcher (R1)

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10 Oct 2023 - 00:00 (UTC)
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Offer Description
  • 2 x Full-time, Continuing positions
  • Salary Level HEW 9 + 17% Superannuation
  • Based at the Melbourne CBD campus, and hybrid ways of working

These are exciting times at RMIT. Partnering and translation of research impact is core to our strategy. Our research impact focus is on accelerating our engagement and delivery of impact for society, industry and government. To deliver on this strategy, we are seeking talented and enthusiastic professionals to join our team to accelerate impact at scale. Our partnership with Breakthrough Victoria in the development of an investment pre-seed fund allows us to enhance support for our innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

We are seeking talented individuals who think "outside the box" and who want to be part of a forward looking team to support our community and partners deliver this vision.

About the Role

Working as part of the Intellectual Property and Commercialisation team to accelerate the translation of the University's innovation, the Manager, Commercialisation & New Ventures is responsible for identification, assessment and curation of commercialisation initiatives with a focus on identification of potential new ventures, development of business plans and venture models, and supporting teams to establish investible opportunities, initially linked towards pre-seed and seed investment.

This will include providing expert advice, instruction and coaching to researchers on establishing potential venture models and commercialisation matters.

About You

To be successful in this position, you'll have:

  • High level understanding and extensive experience in commercialisation including New Venture creation, licensing, research translation and early stage/pre-seed investment development.
  • Track record in venture development, engagement with the investment community and negotiating commercial and legal arrangements for commercialisation.
  • Proven ability and networks to support market analysis of commercialisation opportunities.
  • High level interpersonal communication and influencing skills, including the ability to consult with senior executives, external bodies, negotiate agreed directions, outcomes and targets within a collaborative environment in a complex organisation.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple assignments, and efficiently manage multiple requests for information and assistance, and to work under pressure of various deadlines.
  • Highly developed analytical, conceptual and problem-solving skills including the ability to develop innovative strategies that lead to improved outcomes in the delivery of research translation and establishment of New Ventures.
  • Proven experience of leading, developing and implementing projects requiring extensive collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated history of behaviour aligned to the RMIT values, leadership capabilities and professional capability framework.

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children and National Police Check.

The RMIT x Breakthrough Victoria Pre-Seed Fund

The RMIT x Breakthrough Victoria Pre-Seed Fund, (the Fund) is part of the skills and funding support provided by RMIT to accelerate translation of our research and innovation.

The Fund has been established in partnership with Breakthrough Victoria. Breakthrough Victoria Pty Ltd has been established to manage the Victorian Government's landmark $2 billion Breakthrough Victoria Fund.

The Fund between RMIT and Breakthrough Victoria will provide funding for early-stage research, ideas and new technologies and will facilitate access to university networks and mentoring to create seed-fund-ready companies. Up to 20% of this funding can be invested into social purpose ventures.

The resources will be dedicated to the local start-up ecosystem to develop homegrown talents. The fund will drive the commercialisation of intellectual property (IP) by providing the right conditions for the growth of existing businesses and innovation precincts.

Click here for more information about the Fund.

To Apply

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing your suitability for this position by clicking on the 'Apply' link at the top of this page.

For further information about this position, please see the Position Description hyperlinked below or contact Mohan Sridhar (Senior Manager, IP & Commercialisation) via email

Position Description - Manager, Commercialisation & New Ventures

Applications close on Tuesday, 10th October at 11.59pm.

About RMIT University

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 96,000 students and close to 10,000 staff globally. The University's mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for students to prepare them for life and work.

Why work at RMIT University

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. Find out more about working at RMIT University, what we stand for and why we are an Employer of Choice.

We want to attract those who will make a difference. View RMIT's impressive standings in university rankings.

Bring Your Whole Self to Work

We are better for our diversity . When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

We are proud that our dedication to diversity has been recognised by a broad spectrum of external organisations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins.

RMIT has a strong dhumbali (commitment) to the employment, development and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within a culturally safe environment; we strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

At RMIT, we are committed to supporting adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, as well as during employment. We actively support and encourage people with disability to apply to RMIT. To discuss adjustment requirements, please contact Kassie (Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor), via or visit our Careers page for more contact information - .

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

We are a Circle Back Initiative Employer - we commit to respond to every applicant.

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