Programme Business Manager

Programme Business Manager

University of Otago

North Dunedin, New Zealand



The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has awarded a four-year Programme grant entitled “Targeting Drug Delivery within the Brain” to the University of Otago and partner research organisations. The Programme’s aim is to transform a novel drug delivery science concept into a human-ready system for effective treatment of Parkinson’s disease, and its potential application to poorly controlled epilepsy and treatment of brain cancers.

The Role

The Programme Business Manager will play a pivotal role in the efficient and organised operation of the Programme by providing high-level support to the Science Director. In this leadership position you will operate autonomously and provide vital liaison with a wide and diverse range of external stakeholders.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Leading the implementation of the Programme research strategy by identifying and forming relationships with key partners and stakeholders in industry, clinical delivery, commercialisation and regulation, and safety;
  • Identification of opportunities and negotiation of new commercial contracts both nationally and internationally; and
  • Working closely with the research team to ensure that research objectives and reporting requirements are met.

Skills and Experience

  • A PhD or equivalent postgraduate research experience in a science-related field.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the NZ science funding system.
  • Strong operational experience in research management.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and influence strong relationships.
  • Proven ability to communicate, in writing, complex business and key science concepts clearly and succinctly.

You will be an effective leader with the ability to develop and implement plans, develop processes, and the ability to think strategically about commercialising research.

Further Details

This research has potential to make life-changing difference to people. If the prospect of being involved in bringing this cutting edge science to the public excites you and you have experience required – we want to hear from you.

This is a full-time, fixed-term role for two years.

The successful candidate will need to be able to travel nationally and internationally.


Applications quoting reference number 1802575 will close on Friday, 25 January 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.