Head of Commercialisation

Sydney, Australia
Offering a competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation
20 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Be valued for your expertise in Commercialisation and work in a collaborative environment
  • Full time, continuing role
  • Offering a competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney has an exceptional track record in the commercialising research leading the latest SCOPR results for the number of start-up and spin-out companies, licenses and invention disclosures across all of Australia's universities and research institutes.

We are now looking to appoint a Head of Commercialisation (HoC), who reports to the Director of Post Award, to lead the translation of research and management of Intellectual Property (IP) at the university.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • provide mentoring and leadership to the Commercialisation Team within the Post Award unit
  • develop and execute strategies that protect and commercialise research intellectual property (IP)
  • oversee negotiation and execution of licences, IP assignments, research agreements and term sheets
  • manage relationships with key internal and external senior stakeholders across the University
  • create an entrepreneurial research community environment that enables growth and sustainability
  • build, maintain and manage the University Intellectual Property Portfolio
  • maintain and enhance the University's reputation in key industry, government, and investment bodies
  • contribute to building and modelling a collaborative and service focused organisational culture

As the HoC you will have had experience leading a team and working in collaboration across multiple stakeholders, with the skills to build trusted and meaningful alliances with a range of parties. Your experience will have included commercialising research and managing IP within a complex and multifaceted organisation.

This is an important role where you will need to be able to use your well developed relationship management skills to implement innovative approaches and ways of thinking to further build our commercialisation pipeline.

About you

  • tertiary qualifications in either Engineering, Medicine, Law or Science (PhD is highly desirable)
  • demonstrated experience in a leadership position, managing a high-performing team
  • proven success in the supervision, training, mentoring and performance management of staff
  • extensive understanding of intellectual property principles, frameworks and expertise in the negotiation of commercial contracts including licence agreements
  • proven experience at managing relationships with senior internal and external stakeholders
  • strong business acumen and excellent ability to think strategically, anticipate trends and provide high level advice to university executives on research commercialisation strategies, policies, programs
  • are looking to step into your next tech transfer leadership role within a large research-intensive university.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

Applications (must include a cover letter, CV, and any additional supporting documentation) can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page.

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For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Rachel Strong, Recruitment Operations, on 02 8627 7612 or by email

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Applications Close

Sunday 03 July 2022 11:59 PM

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