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Innovation Landing Pad Manager (m/f)

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  • Manager/in ohne Personalverantwortung

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Frühestmöglicher Eintrittstermin Juni 2016

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) is establishing a number of global innovation landing pads to support the Australian Government’s innovation strategy. The primary objective of a landing pad is to assist Australian start-ups validate or promote the design and development of their product, or service business model, by exploring in-market business development, investment, mentorship and strategic partnership opportunities.

We are seeking an experienced, dynamic business professional who will provide strategic advice and local support to market-ready Australian start-ups at the Berlin landing pad.

Reporting to the Australian Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner in Frankfurt, the Landing Pad Manager will project manage each start‑up and provide expertise and strategic advice on

  • navigating local conditions, regulations and business culture;
  • marketing strategy;
  • opportunities to access angel investors, venture capital and other sources of investment;
  • start-up structure and business process design, e‑business strategy, supply chain management, sourcing talent in the local labour market.

The role will facilitate engagement between start-ups and local business ecosystems, including

  • direct introductions to innovations networks;
  • coordinating events that facilitate genuine networking opportunities;
  • access to targeted Austrade programs that provide access to sectoral opportunities;
  • introductions to local government agencies that provide support programs for new businesses and start-ups.

Some domestic and international travel may be required.

The successful candidate will bring

  • at least eight years’ experience in business development, business consulting and strategy or marketing management, preferably within a start‑up context or an international focus;
  • a deep understanding of local opportunities for accessing venture capital and investment;
  • a wide network of business and regulatory contacts to assist start‑ups navigate the local business environment;
  • strong business communication, interpersonal and representational skills, including the ability to engage with senior executives across business and/or government;
  • a high level of professionalism, integrity, personal initiative and adaptability.

Required Qualifications

Tertiary qualifications in a relevant business field are essential (e.g. international business, finance, marketing, business law, economics, business analytics or business administration).

Please submit your applicant by accessing Austrade’s recruitment portal at: