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Business Innovation Advisor - Manufacturing

Callaghan Innovation
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Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

The company

Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand's innovation agency. Our goal is to connect businesses to the networks, capability and funding they need to make their ideas happen. We challenge both our customers and New Zealand to step up to the challenge of technological change. We have more than 200 of New Zealand's leading scientists and engineers dedicated to solving tough technical problems, our programmes help hundreds of companies improve their ability to innovate, and we boost business R&D through more than $140m a year in grants.

This role

We are seeking an energetic and innovative Business Innovation Advisor to provide direction and advice to customers within the Manufacturing sector.

This role is responsible for enabling business to accelerate the commercialisation of their ideas. This will involve working with firms to identify their opportunities and barriers to growth and how Callaghan Innovation can help, including connecting them to the innovative technologies, forward thinking, talent and funding, including R&D grants. You will hold a senior external facing position critical to Callaghan Innovation's success.

To be successful you will have the following attributes and skills:

  • A tertiary business qualification or equivalent proven commercial experience ideally within the Manufacturing sectors
  • Minimum five years experience leading businesses to grow within the manufacturing sector (physical products)
  • Proven track record of bring together multi-disciplined solutions-oriented teams to provide client solutions
  • Proven knowledge of strategy and business planning, product scoping, market testing, financial management, project management, governance and capacity building within a commercial environment
  • A challenging and constructive approach to evaluating commercial opportunities and execution strategies
  • Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships with people across all levels of the organization
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Understands putting the customer at the heart of everything they do
  • Ability to use a clear and professional written and verbal communication approach to strategic or tactical purpose at a level relevant to the needs of the position
  • Be able to contribute to team strategy sessions and be able to take ownership of one or more of the outcomes

This is a unique opportunity to use your skills and experience and help New Zealand industry grow. If you are looking for the opportunity to make a difference in an incredibly stimulating role, please apply now to submit your application. 

Callaghan Innovation is committed to our Home Safe Everyday policy. Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.

You must have the right to live and work in NZ to apply for this job.

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To apply for this job, please go to our job site and enter the job code 10483GOV.

Applications close Wednesday, 27 March 2019.

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