University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne



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Job no: 0050351 Location: Parkville Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term Department/School: Research, Innovation and Commercialisation Salary: Senior Manager 2 plus 17% super

  • Build world-class research and industry partnerships
  • Senior commercial leadership role
  • Support groundbreaking innovation and discovery
  • About the organisation

    Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research. With outstanding performance in international rankings, the University is at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region and the world. The University's Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC) function is the central facilitator of research funding, industry engagement and commercialisation across the institution.

    About the role

    The Business Development Cluster Lead for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) provides business development leadership to the Faculty, working collaboratively to develop and drive business development strategy, identifying opportunities for growth, collaboration, and commercial partnership between researchers and external partners across the public and private sector. This includes managing commercial opportunities and identifying and supporting major strategic initiatives. Leading a highly capable team, the Business Development Cluster Lead plays a key role in promoting the capabilities of the Faculty to industry, government, and across the University.

    About you

    You are a highly regarded research commercialisation professional, with deep expertise in leading and negotiating major life science deals, particularly in relation to industry partnerships, contracts, licensing, start-ups and spinouts. You have strong life science industry experience, sector knowledge and networks, and have enjoyed considerable success in securing funding to support research translation and commercialisation, including from relevant grant schemes, and both commercial and venture funding. Highly credible across both industry and academia, you are collegiate and collaborative builder of strategic relationships, and a naturally empathetic and supportive leader of people. An empowering leader, you have deep, sector-wide knowledge of how industry works, and know the levers and challenges of industry well enough to be able to consistently guide major business into the University. Key to your success in this role will be your ability to spark curiosity and commitment to find innovative and win-win research commercialisation outcomes across MDHS, the University, and the wider Australian corporate and government community.


    In return, this role offers multiple benefits in a large and prestigious organisation, such as a Salary Packaging scheme, flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions and a substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne, just to name a few.

    To find out what else is on offer in this culturally rich environment, please go to https://

    On offer is a generous salary, an annual leave loading allowance and the choice of 17% superannuation.


    The University is a vibrant campus. We have well-established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

    How to apply

    PLEASE NOTE: We have engaged SHK Asia Pacific Pty Ltd as our sourcing and selection partner on this role.

    For more information, please contact Matthew Belleghem at SHK on +61 3 8620 8037. To apply, do not click on ‘Apply now'. Instead, please submit a cover letter and your resume (in Microsoft Word format) via the SHK website at , or via email to [email protected]. Direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to SHK.

    Advertised: 17 Nov 2023 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 10 Dec 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Job details




    University of Melbourne




    November 17, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 10, 2023

    Job type



    Social Science

    About the employer

    When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

    Over 8,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of around 65,000, including 30,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne, located in the city dubbed Australia’s “cultural capital”. 

    Indeed, Melbourne is a seven times winner of the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City award, and is a UNESCO City of Literature, as well as the birthplace of Australian rules football and a major center for street art, music, and theatre. 

    Melbourne is known for offering students an experience that’s a lot more than just structured learning. The main Parkville campus is close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. 

    Students will find a blistering array of cultural activities on campus here, be it theatre, comedy, film or public lectures, and it’s easy to find people with matching interests by joining one of over 200 affiliated clubs and societies, ranging from Chess Club to Women in Science and Engineering, to the Chocolate Lovers’ Society. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for too, with a 25-metre six-lane heated indoor pool, an athletics track and sports field, and a large strength and fitness gym. 

    The university has 10 residential colleges where most students live, which provide a quick way to build an academic and social network. Each college provides sporting and cultural programs to enrich the academic experience, which is at the center of university life. 

    Degrees at the University of Melbourne stand out for being modelled on those from top institutions overseas. Students spend a year exploring a range of subject areas before choosing a major. They also study subjects outside as well as inside their chosen discipline, giving Melbourne students a breadth of knowledge that sets them apart.

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