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Business Development and Technology Transfer Manager

NZ Defence Force
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Information / Records Management
Auckland - North Shore
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

What you will do

The Primary purpose of this role is to rapidly transfer developed or developing Intellectual Property from NZDF to industry partners in order to create a revenue stream for the NZDF and the NZ Government.

A further purpose is to develop and maintain effective working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders of NZDF, including Service Chiefs, Branch Heads and Directorates, key decision makers within Government departments, and senior technology managers in private sector organisations in order to assist with developing NZDF business surrounding the use of NZDF's and external parties' intellectual property and technologies.

What we need

We need a person who understands innovation and modern business practices. You will have a strong commercial acumen and will be able to identify opportunities for the transfer of NZDF intellectual property to other organisations, particularly the private sector. You will in essence be unlocking the intellectual property and innovation within NZDF.

With a strategic focus you will develop an in-depth knowledge of the science and technology projects and outputs across the Defence Technology Agency; ultimately understanding the nature and breadth of NZDF innovation.

You will excel at building and maintaining robust working relationships and will find this particular skill paramount as you source opportunities which will allow NZDF and partners to develop, market and sell commercial products.

The team you will join is strongly collaborative, are incredible innovators and problem solvers and believe in the work they do. You will bring the ability to integrate and facilitate relationships between scientists and commercial partners.

Ideally you will have experience in technology transfer/commercialisation in a science and technology focussed environment. A post-graduate degree in an applicable engineering or science discipline combined with a project and contract management qualification is desired.

Who we are

The Defence Technology Agency (DTA) is a business unit established to provide applied research, development, and operational analysis to support NZDF's mission.  The Agency may be required to be involved in, or undertake on behalf of the NZDF, all aspects of investigation, development and introduction into service of defined initiatives. 

DTA is also the primary NZDF agency with responsibility for developing, managing and enhancing all aspects of scientific and technical liaison, coordination and cooperation with external-to-NZDF agencies (national and international) and similar agencies within the Defence Forces of other nations.

Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand.  As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice. 

Why Us

This is an amazing green fields opportunity that combines innovation and modern business practices, don't miss out!

Check out the great benefits for you and your family when you join NZDF! 

How to Apply

To view the Position Description and to Apply Online please visit our Defence Careers website, or use the links on this page.
Please note: If you are an existing NZDF employee (excluding contractors) you must apply through our Internal Vacancies site, via the HR Toolkit.

Applications close on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:

Higher level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen who has resided continuously in this country for the last 10 years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last 10 years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, UK or the USA; and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZSIS towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at a higher level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.

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