Commercialisation and BD Manager -
Food and Beverage Accelerator

Fixed-term contract for up to 4 years
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Join Australia's leading university commercialisation company

Be part of an exciting and new Trailblazer initiative to grow the food and beverage industry

Apply your commercialisation experience to commercialise intellectual property (IP) and form new start-up companies in the food and beverage sector

About the Food and Beverage Accelerator (FaBA) Opportunity:

The University of Queensland (UQ) led Food and Beverage Accelerator (FaBA) is a $160 million initiative supported by a $50 million Trailblazer grant from the Australian Government over four years, backed by industry and innovation partners, along with Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), CSIRO and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. UQ, industry partners and UQ’s research collaborators will invest $110 million funding in the project to boost growth and innovation in the sector. The initiative aims to contribute to doubling the value of Australia’s food and beverage manufacturing sector by 2030, through a focus on smart production and new ingredients, creating innovative foods and beverages, generating thousands of new jobs.

UniQuest is the commercialisation company of The University of Queensland and is leading the commercialisation activities for the initiative.

The Commercialisation and Business Development Manager will be an integral part of this exciting initiative.  You will build new partnerships and commercialisation opportunities with industry and research partners leading to short, medium and long-term objectives aligned with the FaBA initiative. This will involve the creation, negotiation and delivery of commercial opportunities including licences and start-up companies based in IP from research outcomes.

The successful incumbent will also provide support to build a broader ecosystem of industry engagement, workforce development and commercialisation associated with the food and beverage sector both in Queensland and nationally, catalysed by FaBA. The role will work closely with the FaBA Management Team and the FaBA program partners and project leaders.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Implement innovative IP strategies and structures to facilitate business and industry engagement
  • Find and close opportunities for licencing and formation of new start-ups to support the FaBA initiative and broader food and beverage ecosystem
  • Understand and translate the strategic aims, research outcomes and activities within FaBA aligned with key industry and research strategies
  • Collaborate and build relationships with industry and research partners to achieve FaBA objectives in IP management and commercialisation
  • Identify food and beverage commercialisation opportunities from UQ research to feed into the strong pipeline of projects and secure sources of funding and investment for UQ start-up companies
  • Work closely with UQ’s commercial management and partnership teams to provide advice related to IP management and commercialisation.

About You:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a field relevant to the position, preferably to post-graduate level, with strong technical and scientific competency
  • International and local contacts/business networks in the food and beverage industry
  • Knowledge and practice of commercialisation pathways including licences and start-ups for related portfolio
  • Demonstrated deal track record (licences and/or start-up companies)
  • Experience of identifying and cultivating new industry partnerships
  • Demonstrated skills in managing and influencing multi-stakeholder, complex projects and achieving outcomes to deadlines.

This is a fixed term contract for up to 4 years and the role is based at UniQuest’s offices on The University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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Please send your CV and deal sheet (no more than four pages combined) to:

Applications close COB Friday, 19 August 2022