Company Formation and Strategy Leader, CSIRO Handprint

Last updated 11 hours ago
Location:Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne
Job Type:Full Time

The Opportunity

  • Harness CSIRO’s science in sustainability to target private sector needs, enable action and progress
  • Establish the research to industry value chain for science-based sustainability services
  • Drive the Handprint initiative from inception to commercialisation

CSIRO HandPrint is a commercial vehicle for CSIRO to achieve impact at scale for its sustainability science. Sustainability is a long-standing challenge for the private sector, due to the lack of appropriate tools, know-how and approaches to progress it. HandPrint is designed to harness CSIRO’s science in sustainability and deliver it in a manner that targets private sector needs and enables action and progress. Through software licencing and bespoke delivery models, HandPrint will create the research to industry value chain for science-based sustainability services. The Company Formation Strategy Leader also serves as deputy leader for the initiative from inception to commercialisation.

Your duties will include:

  • Identify, investigate & recommend the most appropriate structure for Handprint to maximise delivery effectiveness, commercialisation outcomes & science impact for CSIRO.
  • Develop & test the business vision, value proposition, business model and business strategy for Handprint.
  • Oversee the development of a cross-BU portfolio of projects for Handprint to ensure a sustainable revenue pipeline - providing leadership in negotiations, account management & lead generation.
  • Lead a significant research translation effort, including management and delivery of a portfolio of projects involving a number of customers.
  • Develop and maintain effective client relationships, based on knowledge of the client’s business and by identifying underlying needs.
  • Conceive ideas for new projects based on industry/community problems and identify potential sources of funding.
  • Act as a trusted advisor and use knowledge of trends in R&D to demonstrate creativity in anticipating and adapting quickly to changes in client needs and market changes.
  • Liaise with the business manager and/or account managers to assess the commercial opportunities and to protect intellectual property.
  • Work with commercial development staff to manage HandPrint business interactions with a variety of clients, involving the negotiation of multi-party agreements/contracts, including developing and promoting the benefit of the proposed initiative, developing the approach to negotiation and assisting other staff with strategies to promote their service and/or product.
  • Represent and negotiate on behalf of CSIRO HandPrint, at the project level, developing new commercial opportunities to the informal commitment stage.

Location: Brisbane preferred, Canberra and Melbourne may be considered
Salary: AU$136k – AU$150k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years, with an immediate start date
Reference: 73293

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD with relevant practical experience in environmental management, natural resource management, or the management sciences or managerial/commercial qualifications and significant experience and depth of science understanding from a research or industry perspective in sustainability.
  • Experience in commercialisation of science-based solutions and the use of incubator tools and processes.
  • Experience in developing portfolio-based strategies, business plans and go-to-market strategies for science-based offerings.
  • Excellent science-translation skills, preferably targeted towards the business sector.
  • Strong project management skills supported by evidence of strong attention to detail and use of agile strategies in fast-paced environments.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

12 May 2021, 11:00 pm AEST/AEDT