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Business Development Director- Advanced Manufacturing Consortium


This is a Contract position in North Perth, ON posted August 5, 2019.

Job Description Business Development Director– Advanced Manufacturing Consortium Full-Time Temporary Employment – Two Year Contract Do you want to be part of our innovative and entrepreneurial team?

Here at Mitacs, we strive to develop the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills.

In partnership with companies, government and academia, we support a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource – its people.

You thrive in an entrepreneurial environment and enjoy working in a team atmosphere.

You are an “out of the box” thinker who strives to implement continuous improvements and you take a strategic approach to the projects you are responsible for?

This is not your ordinary sales job Our business development team members are the bridge between academia and industry partners or organizations.

They spot opportunities and take action on behalf of Mitacs.

They are at the forefront of marketing Mitacs programs and are analogous to matchmakers, who find the common interests between companies and researchers.

Position Summary Three of the top research-intensive and industrially collaborative universities in Ontario – McMaster University, University of Waterloo and Western University – received $35 million in funding over five years from the Government of Ontario as part of a $50 million project aimed at combining existing strengths in the heart of Ontario’s manufacturing region to create an Advanced Manufacturing Consortium.

The Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster will build up next-generation manufacturing capabilities, such as advanced robotics and 3D printing.

Ultimately, the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster aims to position Canadian companies to lead industrial digitalization, maximizing competitiveness and participation in global markets.

Worldwide, “Made in Canada” will symbolize excellence in innovative manufacturing.

Mitacs and the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium are partnering to facilitate collaborations between university researchers and the tech and manufacturing sectors.

Reporting to the Business Development Team Lead or the Account Management Team Lead and working closely with the Mitacs scientific staff, this position will be strategically placed to leverage the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium’s expertise and Mitacs’ programs.

The successful candidate should be a self-motivated field-oriented independent professional with solid business development skills, business experience, and a strong scientific background.

They will be confident and proficient in dealing with key stakeholders from government, industry, and academia, and will possess a commitment to facilitating the development of multi-disciplinary research collaborations with diverse partners.

By interacting with companies ranging from Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) to Fortune 500 companies the candidate will provide guidance to their research plans or make recommendations on contributions to research projects, with an aim to improving the company’s productivity, profitability, and growth through adoption of Mitacs programs.

The candidate will also interact with university researchers to understand their research interests, help connect them with companies seeking university research expertise, and assist with the preparation of proposals seeking Mitacs support.

Responsibilities include: Find collaboration opportunities for students/professors by connecting university researchers from McMaster University, University of Waterloo and Western University with industry on research projects Assist with the application process Introduce companies to collaborations with academia for advanced research Create and maintain a network of partners in the private and public sectors Manage relationships with key stakeholders including university researchers, technology transfer representatives, industry organizations and industry partners Collaborate with Mitacs staff to organize scientific events including aspects related to networking with clients, scientific planning, logistics, and funding Formulate new partnerships for Mitacs Provide business development support to all Mitacs programs Skills & Requirements: Graduate degree and research experience, preferably in a discipline related to manufacturing Demonstrated ability and aptitude for developing relationships with industry, government and the academic sectors Experience working within the advanced manufacturing sector in Ontario is an asset Strong networking skills Excellent communication skills Enthusiastic and high-energy self-starter Team player Ability to think creatively and innovate Special consideration will be given to applicants with an active social network with proven ability to promote participation and sponsorship in programs or initiatives in their community.

If you would like to learn more about Mitacs, we invite you to visit our careers page here.

Company Description Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 20 years.

Working with 60 universities, 4,000 companies, and both federal and provincial governments, we build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

Mitacs was founded in 1999 as a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence, dedicated to supporting applied and industrial research in mathematical sciences and associated disciplines.

In 2003, we launched a research internship program designed to increase deployment of highly educated graduates into the private sector.

Open to all disciplines since 2007, Mitacs has expanded in response to industrial and university needs, including programs in R&D management, professional skills development, and international research training.

Fully independent since 2011, Mitacs remains committed to its core vision of supporting research-based innovation and continues to work closely with its partners in industry, academia, and government.

From aerospace systems to childhood literacy rates, Mitacs-funded research helps to strengthen connections, improve economic performance, and create jobs.

Over the past 18 years, we have supported more than 20,000 research internships, trained more than 33,000 student and postdoc career-skills participants, and supported more than 3,600 international research collaborations.

Mitacs has 25 offices across Canada, a robust leadership team, and a coast-to-coast business development team dedicated to building and supporting new partnerships.

To find out more about our history, leadership, and programs, visit: Leadership team Programs Business development team