Director, Business Development and Commercialisation

Banyule, Australia
14 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Join a world-class University City of the Future
  • Full-time, fixed term contract for three years
  • Located at the Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus

About La Trobe

La Trobe University’s success is driven by people who are committed to making a difference. They are creative, highly motivated, pursue new ideas and generate knowledge. La Trobe is one of Australia’s research leaders, and the largest provider of higher education to regional Victoria. The University has extensive research programs including 45 specific research disciplines where Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranked the University at or above world standard.

The Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor (Industry Engagement) works collaboratively with researchers to help deliver research and innovation to solve industry and society challenges. At La Trobe we strive to be a Partner of Choice and value collaborations with industry that that make a difference, add value and deliver results for business, communities and the environment. The OPVC (IE) enables La Trobe as a Partner of Choice and facilitates the development of strategic collaborations with industry through sponsored research, research collaborations, patent management, licensing, and commercialisation.

About the position

The Director, Business Development & Commercialisation will lead and develop the Business Development & Commercialisation team, focussing on key priorities such as effective resource allocation and collaboration. You will be a trusted advisor to internal and external stakeholders across industry, government and venture organisations to promote the activities of the University. You will oversee and facilitate the delivery of the Business Development & Commercialisation pipeline from industry research engagement and ensure plans are aligned with La Trobe strategy and focus areas.

About the candidate

To be successful in this position, you will have demonstrated knowledge, skills and experience in business development and technology transfer in a university or research institution. You will have demonstrated ability to build and develop key strategic relationships and deliver end-to-end conversion of strategic business development and commercialisation opportunities.  Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills are essential including to ability to negotiate, motivate, influence and build successful professional relationships.

Please refer to the Position Description for other duties, skills and experience required for this position.

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005. If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.


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How to apply

Closing date: Sunday, 10 November 2019 by 11.00pm AEDST.

Position Enquiries: Dr Megan Fisher, Pro Vice-Chancellor Industry Engagement; +61 3 9479 2070;

Recruitment Enquiries: Deborah Dare, Senior Recruitment Business Partner, +61 3 9479 1241 or

Please submit an online application ONLY and include the following documents:

  • Cover letter;
  • An up to date resume; and
  • A separate document BRIEFLY addressing each bullet point in the Key Selection Criteria which is located in the position description.

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La Trobe Cultural Qualities:

We are Accountable, We are Connected, We are Innovative, We Care

La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing a diverse, inclusive and respectful working environment for all staff. We offer flexible work arrangements that can assist you in balancing your work and other responsibilities.

La Trobe is proud to be a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN program to advance gender equality in academia.

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