New Job Director Of Strategy And Commercialization In Manitoba

Director of Strategy and Commercialization
Director of Strategy and Commercialization

Director of Strategy and Commercialization

Company : Jobssummary / Indeed
Salary : Details not provided
Location : Manitoba

Full Description

Title: Director of Strategy and Commercialization
Supervision Received: CEO, CDIC
Supervision Exercised: TBD
Employment Status: Full Time, One Year Term with Possibility of Extension
Effective Date: February, 2023

Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Strategy and Commercialization will lead the planning and development of a new Industry Partnerships and Commercialization Office (IPCO) type entity. With the support and guidance of the Chronic Disease Innovation Centre’s (CDIC) core team, the Director will be responsible for developing a structure, strategy, funding, marketing, and launch of the new organization. The Director will also be responsible for advancing key products/services/technologies with strong commercialization potential.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the planning and development of a new IPCO type organization:
  • Develop the vision, purpose/objectives/description and name for new entity;
  • Conduct market research;
  • Recommend and develop a business/organization structure;
  • Develop a business plan that includes; market assessment, description of product/service details, strategic plan, operations plan, sales and marketing plan, human resources plan, infrastructure/capital plan, financial plan, summary of risks, investments and relevant sources of information and research;
  • Identify and secure funding/financing from public and private sources;
  • File necessary regulatory and legal documents to create the new organization;
  • Obtain insurance commensurate with research/project activities;
  • Plan for potential new office location;
  • Develop policies and procedures for the day-to-day functioning of the new entity.
  • Develop a collaboration model with CDIC to create a pipeline of innovation ideas; lead an innovation planning process ensuring innovation goals are realized and the long-term pipeline is robust.
  • Assist with the development of a Commercialization Working Committee comprised of experts in the relevant fields and areas of product commercialization.
  • Identify products/services/programs with strong commercial potential and develop commercialization opportunities e.g., knowledge transfer, start-ups, spin-offs, licensing.
  • Engage in extensive ecosystem networking to identify and engage potential industry and academic partners, entrepreneurs and other relevant associations and agencies with the aim of fostering collaborations.
  • Manage key accounts, initiatives, projects, portfolios and programs, while providing reviews, metrics and outcome assessments.


  • MBA or equivalent business degree.
  • Master’s degree in health sciences considered an asset.

Skills & Experience:

  • +5 years related experience, preferably in technology commercialization, health sciences, university-industry collaboration and product development and innovation positions.
  • +5 years of experience leading and scaling a start-up, preferably for an organization in ideation stage.
  • Proven track record of building and aligning the right resources for an early-stage start-up.
  • Proven experience of securing funding and/or raising capital for an early-stage start-up.
  • Strong understanding of corporate finance and performance management principles.
  • Strategic and operational experience.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset with outstanding organizational, communication and leadership skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of:
  • university and hospital research processes and practices, including research applications, agreements, and technology commercialization;
  • technology commercialization strategies and practices;
  • academic-industry partnerships;
  • commercialization and collaboration agreements;
  • funding programs for commercialization;
  • contract, technology transfer and intellectual property law
  • Strong ability to create business plans in order to create a revenue generating unit.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Attention to detail for writing and understanding appropriate interpretation of contracts and agreements.
  • Strong ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to understand complex technology/science and convey in simple terms, ability to build meaningful relationships with key stakeholders including academic researchers, regional innovation centers, industry clusters, angel networks and other commercialization support networks
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Exceptional leadership and management skills
  • Conversant in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and CRM systems, as well as the ability to learn new software applications

Job Type: Full-time


  • Dental care
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Extended health care
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision care


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Master's Degree (preferred)


  • Health sciences: 5 years (preferred)
  • leading and scaling a start-up: 5 years (preferred)
  • Commercialization: 5 years (preferred)

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 2023-03-15