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Innovation Partnerships Manager

RMIT University - Australia,

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


  • Be responsible for identifying and developing industry engagement opportunities between external agencies (public and private) and RMIT Europe.
  • High level proficiency in English and some ability in Spanish (beneficial)
  • Full time, ongoing position (40,000 euros negotiable based on experience)

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.

RMIT Europe, is a creative and dynamic hub of RMIT university based in the heart of Barcelona. It is a centre that is successfully extending RMIT University's international engagement in Europe and strategically growing the university’s collaborative research and education activity in Europe.. It facilitates RMIT's collaboration in the development of innovative pan-European projects attracting global knowledge from Europe, Australia and Asia to deliver local impact.


Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

About the role

As the Innovation Partnerships Manager at RMIT Europe, you will be responsible for identifying and developing industry engagement opportunities between external agencies (public and private) and RMIT Europe. This role will see you build strong relationships with external organisations to deliver high value and high impact partnerships for the university, and work with colleagues across RMIT to deliver partnerships through collaborative research, talent acquisition and development programmes, research collaboration, education partnerships, global student experiences, internships and executive education.

In addition, the Innovation Partnerships Manager will:

  • Follow through identified opportunities, nurture relationships and close agreements and contracts
  • Utilise their existing networks across Europe to cultivate partnerships for research and global experience
  • Develop new and existing relationships across the relevant research priorities of RMIT in Europe
  • Account manage the relationships with clients as well as RMIT academics
  • Promote outcomes of RMIT’s research

About you

To be successful in this position, you’ll have experience of but not limited to:

  • Demonstrated interest and relevant background on one or several of the following topic areas: smart and sustainable urban development, digital transformation and industry 4.0, natural resources and the environment (energy, waste, water);
  • Business development and account management experience and a track record of building a pipeline of opportunities for organisations in the academic, research or private sector;
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic and operational relationship and partnership management;
  • Experience in public funding, fund raising and project creation, as well experience in setting up and running collaboration agreement;
  • Proven ability to exercise initiative, think creatively, work independently and as a part of a team to meet deadlines in a complex and demanding environment, and to manage risk;
  • Planning and organising, with the ability to multitask and managing conflicting priorities, as well as communicating with a wide range of stakeholders (academic staff, industry and academic partners), both written and oral.

Qualifications and requirements


  • Business development experience and a track record of building a pipeline of opportunities for organisations in the research, education or private sector
  • Postgraduate qualification
  • Knowledge and understanding of education systems, markets and environments that are relevant to RMIT’s global education delivery activities
  • Understanding of research and development management
  • Understanding of industry based learning and development


  • Experience with CRM systems
  • Knowledge of Australian higher education
  • Demonstrated track record in working with senior academic and teaching leaders and early career researchers
  • High level proficiency in English and another European language
  • Working rights in European Union

Bring your whole self to work

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

We are proud that our dedication to diversity has been recognized by a broad spectrum of external organizations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description. To view the position description and to apply, please visit rmit.edu.au/careers and search using reference number 591933.

RMITE Innovation Partnerships Manager_PD_Final.pdf

For further information please contact Dr Marta Fernandez, Executive Director RMIT Europe on [email protected]

Applications close 11:55 PM (GMT+1) Sunday 10th January.

We are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us via your preferred type of communication: email [email protected]

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community

Trans and Gender Diverse applicants

Inclusion is at the durrung (or heart) of who we are. We aim to create an environment where staff and students who identify as trans and gender diverse feel supported to succeed and belong.

We recognise the challenges faced by the trans and gender diverse community when applying for a new role.

At RMIT, we aim to support you from the start. Our Talent Acquisition team are active members of the RMIT Ally network.

For enquires or support through the application, recruitment and onboarding process, applicants who identify as trans or gender diverse are invited to contact Mat Lewis at [email protected]

LGBTI Jobs is Australia’s national job board dedicated to assisting Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Transexual graduates and jobseekers connect with organisations actively engaged in LGBTI inclusion initiatives.