Business Innovation Advisor
Callaghan Innovation
Christchurch, Canterbury, NZ
3d ago
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Business Innovation Advisor

Callaghan Innovation Christchurch, South Island

Strong commercial / industry ecosystem knowledge and relationships

Understanding of the commercialisation pathway for NZ's emerging and leading innovators

Workshop facilitation skills and knowledge of strategy and innovation methodologies

The Commercialisation team works directly with individual companies and across targeted sectors to help accelerate the commercialisation of high-tech R&D and innovation.

About the Role

As Business Innovation Advisor you will work alongside high potential R&D led businesses to help them grow and contribute to the future of New Zealand's economy and society.


We have offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and can be flexible around remote working for the right candidate.

About You - what you will bring

Specialist industry knowledge in one or more key sectors including health, medical devices, energy, environment, agritech, aerospace, transport, construction, emerging software technologies, high-tech manufacturing, etc.

Strong industry ecosystem knowledge and relationships, to make connections and facilitate partnerships

Mentoring & coaching skills for deep tech innovators

Business acumen including strategic planning and execution, business model innovation, and business case evaluation

Workshop facilitation skills and knowledge of strategy and innovation methodologies

An understanding of the commercialisation pathway for New Zealand's emerging and leading innovators both broadly and within your field of expertise, experience taking technology based products from concept to market would be advantageous

A commitment to the partnership principles of Te Tiriti

A growth mindset with a focus on self-development and growth

Why work for us

Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand's innovation agency. We activate innovation and help businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand.

To do this we partner with ambitious businesses of all sizes, delivering a range of innovation and research and development (R&D) services to suit each stage of their growth.

The successful applicants will be joining an incredible group of Business Innovation Advisors who share their knowledge and experience with some of New Zealand's most exciting and aspirational entrepreneurs and innovators.

You will struggle to find better work stories, anywhere. It's a special group of people who look out for each other, are always generous with their time and expertise, and have built a reputation both internally and externally for delivering outstanding work.

The team works hard and has a lot of fun.

A career with Callaghan Innovation will challenge you and provide you with opportunities to showcase your skills and abilities.

You will be working with committed, like-minded people striving to make "Aotearoa a place where talent wants to live" (Sir Paul Callaghan), whilst giving you the support to reach your full potential.

In addition, flexible working and career development opportunities are just some of the things you will enjoy here.

This is a unique opportunity to use your skills and experience to help shape New Zealand's future R&D direction.

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Please contact if you have any questions or refer to the Job Description attached.

Callaghan Innovation is committed to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of all our employees. We have a COVID-19 vaccination policy that is under regular review as Government recommendations and requirements transpire.

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