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Māori Business and Relationship Manager

Callaghan Innovation
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Sales & Retail
Auckland - Auckland
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Auckland based

About the role

Our Māori Economy team provides advice and support to Māori businesses, as well as developing and delivering innovation skills programmes and activities to grow Māori business investment in innovation.

As a Māori Business and Relationship Manager you will enable Māori businesses, corporations, iwi and trusts to accelerate the commercialisation of their ideas. This will involve working to identify commercial opportunities and barriers to growth. Looking at how Callaghan Innovation can help, for example connecting them to the right technologies, talent and funding, including R&D grants. This is a senior external facing position critical to Callaghan Innovation's success.

About you

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

  • A tertiary business qualification or equivalent proven commercial experience ideally with Māori businesses
  • An in-depth knowledge and appreciation of Te Reo Māori, Tikanga, and Te Ao Māori
  • Ideally a minimum of five years experience leading businesses to grow particularly Māori businesses would be an advantage
  • Proven track record of bringing together multi-disciplined solutions-oriented teams to provide client solutions
  • Proven knowledge of strategy and business planning, 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 organisation
  • Analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Understands putting the customer at the heart of everything we 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 able to take ownership of one or more of the outcomes

About us

Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand's innovation agency. We activate innovation and help businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand. To do this we partner with ambitious businesses of all sizes, delivering a range of innovation and research and development (R&D) services to suit each stage of their growth. Our staff - including more than 200 of New Zealand's leading scientists and engineers - empower innovators by connecting people, opportunities and networks, and providing tailored technical solutions, skills and capability development programmes, and grants co-funding.

This is a unique opportunity to use your skills and experience to help and to grow NZ Māori Businesses.

If you are looking for the opportunity to make a difference in an incredibly stimulating role, please apply now.

To apply for this job, please go to our job site and enter the job code 11723GOV.

Applications close Friday, 25 October 2019.

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

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