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Job Title
Manager: Technology Transfer
Employment Type
Full Time
Experience
3 to 5 years
Salary
Negotiable
Job Published
05 February 2024
Job Reference No.
1391470746

Job Description

REQUIREMENTS

  • B.Degree, (Masters is preferable) in Science or Engineering, or a Business-oriented qualification
  • 3 years of relevant experience in 
    • Technology transfer and commercialization of innovations
    • Evaluation of innovation and IP management
    • Database creation, and data management
    • Financial management (to include budgets, tracking costing and reporting)
    • Project management experience

PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Knowledge of IP laws and regulations, including the IPR-PFRD Act 2008, patenting, trademark, copyright and related legislation concerning IP and innovation
  • Sound financial management
  • Entrepreneurial focus
  • Business experience and acumen are critical
  • Project management experience is essential
  • Knowledge of national commercial funding mechanisms
  • Broad knowledge of the South African policy, law and regulations landscape concerning innovation and technology transfer
  • Strong goal orientation/ results-driven and outcomes-focused approach
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively
  • Problem-solving skills: logical and analytical
  • A strong track record of service delivery
  • Ability to translate strategic imperatives into operating plans, policies and processes

ADMINISTRATIVE SKILLS

  • Thoroughness
  • Risk management along with entrepreneurialism
  • Ability to use judgment, check laws and precedents, and make decisions
  • Excellent organizational skills, including planning, analysis and reporting
  • Advanced computer literacy
  • Sound numerical ability

PEOPLE AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS

  • Excellent English and writing skills
  • The ability to communicate in other official languages will be an advantage
  • Stakeholder relationship management
  • A very strong service ethic and high level of integrity
  • Sound interpersonal skills, and ability to interact collaboratively with a diverse range of individuals
  • Ability to communicate difficult concepts persuasively, and in clear, simple terms
  • Inspires confidence

WORK BEHAVIOURS

  • Build university reputation in all dealings
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Actively seek feedback, use helpful suggestions and continuously improve on results

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

STRATEGIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with the DVC: RI and SP to draw up an innovation and technology transfer strategy, programme, policy and processes
  • Interact with businesses and communities to create an innovation landscape, and stakeholders wider than just the Company
  • Implement strategy and the technology transfer program, policy and processes including the line management of the IP Administrator
  • Assess trends and developments in technology transfer, identify and make recommendations to the DVC: RI and SP in respect of developing innovative new practices
  • Develop a network of commercialization partners
  • Work with the DVC: RI and SP, TT Steering Committee and relevant stakeholders to successfully create commercial revenue streams

GENERAL PROCESS MANAGEMENT

  • Assist in all organizational, management and administrative activities to ensure optimal functioning
  • Engage specifically with Science Councils, other Technology Transfer personnel at other companies, Science and Technology Parks and incubators to encourage collaboration
  • Manage and/ or support the preparation of various submissions to NIPMO including disclosures, referrals, IP Fund rebate claims
  • Manage audits and reports
  • Develop and maintain a database of historical information and case studies
  • Develop and implement systems, policies and procedures to screen, safeguard, streamline and support technology transfer endeavours

CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

  • Develop staff to ensure their growth
  • Stay abreast of research and technology transfer capabilities
  • Set up and manage a student activity programme to build technology transfer capability, as well as awareness of technology transfer careers

EARLY IDENTIFICATION OF INNOVATION OPPORTUNITIES

  • Build networks and relationships inside and outside the Company so that innovation opportunities can be identified and matched to commercial requirements
  • Build an up-to-date knowledge base of market leaders, trends, novelties and gaps
  • Educate faculty staff and students on the importance of innovation and technology transfer, as well as the opportunities it represents
  • Evaluation of innovations
  • Scan the market to establish the commercial viability of innovations, using your market knowledge to back it up
  • Consult with experts in the field for specialist input
  • Hold discussions with R and D managers in commercial enterprises to establish external views on viability
  • Evaluate, with a specially selected Steering Committee, the Company's innovations and make recommendations to the TT Steering Committee in respect of commercialization decisions. An up-to-date rubric and evaluation system for innovations should always be kept by the Technology Transfer Manager

COMMERCIALIZATION PROCESS

  • Conduct feasibility studies, developing business cases and funding proposals for innovations evaluated as worth taking to market
  • Manage the preparation of reviews of commercial potential/ feasibility and recommendations on commercialization strategies, market analyses, overseeing techno-economic report compilation, etc.
  • Secure and manage technology development funding, including the TIA seed funding and other similar vehicles
  • Work with researchers to prepare proposals and secure funding for IP development and commercialization opportunities to ensure meaningful outcomes are achieved, and sound reporting to funders
  • Prepare draft term sheets for negotiating licence deals for review by the Legal Services Unit and Spoor and Fisher, for approval of mandate from the relevant decision-making structures in the Company and negotiating and concluding licence deals within the mandate parameters including supporting the drafting of agreements

MANAGEMENT OF COMMERCIAL INNOVATION VENTURES

  • Provide a virtual innovation incubator hub to help inventors create product prototypes and demonstrations by referring them to niche prototype/ demonstration specialists
  • Ensure inventions across the departments are brought to fruition through sound technology transfer identification and support
  • Support successful commercialization outcomes from start-up to the creation of revenue streams
  • Assist with the development of business plans for spinoffs, solicit potential investors into spinoffs, prepare draft term sheets for intellectual property arrangements and/ or shareholder agreements and/ or investment agreements, etc.
  • Interact with the Company's licensees, start-up companies or other commercial partners to monitor performance, track adherence to financial agreements and help solve any arising business issues

PROMOTION AND MARKETING OF INNOVATION

  • Create marketing material and presentations for all departments within the Company, explaining and encouraging useable inventions that can be commercialized
  • Build succinct case summaries to help showcase successful innovations
  • Build the Company's reputation by profiling innovation management successes in general and niche media
  • Represent the Company's interests in IP and technology transfer to external organizations

PROTECTION OF IP

  • Attract IP disclosures including participation and/ or presentations to the Company, and meetings with HODs, and inventors
  • Manage all aspects of the process for securing statutory protection for specific IP, including prior art searches, freedom to operate investigation, IP due diligence and liaising with the Company's IP Attorneys Spoor and Fisher (or other similar law firms) to execute the best possible IP registration strategy

REPORTING

  • All reporting, including to key funding and regulatory bodies, or other stakeholders
  • Meet the reporting requirements of NIPMO (IP1 through to IP9), the TIA Seed Fund, DSI and all technology development funding reporting requirements

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