Commercialisation Engagement Specialist

  • Auckland

• Exciting & unique opportunity • Deep-tech innovation industry • Auckland Based •

Do you believe in the power of science to transform lives and change the world? Are you passionate about deep-tech invention and innovation? Would you like to work in a team that is helping transform some of New Zealand’s most cutting-edge science into commercial success that will grow New Zealand for all? KiwiNet is recruiting for a Commercialisation Engagement Specialist to work alongside and support our commercialisation team and public research organisations to drive the engagement between exciting commercial opportunities and external stakeholders.

KiwiNet is the combined power of 18 of New Zealand’s Universities, Crown Research Institutes and other research organisations who receive public funding. Together these research organisations represent a total combined research expenditure of over $800 million and represent over 80% of the publicly funded researchers in New Zealand. Since its inception, KiwiNet has demonstrated the power of bringing together diverse players across the science & innovation ecosystem to work towards a collective vision for New Zealand. Together they are driving us towards a globally competitive technology sector that delivers significant economic growth and prosperity.

Working closely with the Private Sector Engagement leader, and reporting to the KiwiNet CEO, this role will be responsible for the communication of early-stage technology propositions to the private sector, and the development and management of systems to achieve this. This will include content development and initiatives for engagement with the investment sector, external mentors, corporate partners, incubators, Māori stakeholders and other interested parties both domestically and internationally.

The role will also support the development of events and initiatives to facilitate private sector engagement, including expert advisory panels for specific technology propositions. Other key responsibilities include: communication of selected technology propositions via online platforms, development and curation of private sector engagement resources for KiwiNet member organisations, overseeing the KiwiNet CRM system and supporting the coordination of the national research commercialisation awards.

To be successful you will need to have proven experience engaging with external networks and stakeholders, including development of creative content and conceptual thinking. Key attributes include: excellent interpersonal and networking skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills with a strong focus on relationship management and customer service, a creative mind with demonstrated ability to be innovative and bold, and an eye for detail. The ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, build and maintain relationships both internally and externally, a collaborative attitude and being highly-organised are essential skills required. Previous experience working with science and technology content as well as project management skills would be an advantage. A relevant tertiary qualification is required.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a passionate individual looking to work in a stakeholder engagement position that is like no other. You will be joining a collaborative team in an organisation that has a strong, positive culture and professional development opportunities, and that is passionate about empowering kiwi science to transform lives and change the world. The role will be based in Auckland and will include periodic travel to KiwiNet HQ in Hamilton and other domestic and international travel from time-to-time.

Closing Date: Monday, 22 July 2019

For more detailed job-related information and to apply, please ring Michelle de Beer on 021 798 882 or email Also visit

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