Manager Commercialisation (Agtech)

Published: 08 Oct 2021

We have an exciting opportunity to join one of the world's leading grains research organisations, within their Strategy and Business Development Team located in either Adelaide or Canberra.

Client Details

Grains, Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) sits at the interface of industry, government, and Australia's innovation ecosystem to identify and capture growth opportunities for Australian grain growers.

GrainInnovate: work collaboratively with the Fund manager and other members of the Investment Committee (IC) to help build the investment pipeline by sourcing and screening investment opportunities.


  • Support due diligence activities. Actively engage with and support portfolio companies. Engage with other state and federal initiatives to ensure grower collaboration/co-design/customer testing opportunities for GrainInnovate start ups are identified and captured.
  • Day to day management of GRDC's Agtech innovation initiatives. Currently Growers as innovators and Grains accelerator program. Scope and develop new strategies for GRDC's engagement with the Agtech ecosystem.
  • Provide commercialisation advice for an allocated Agtech R&D portfolio, including out-licensing and spin-off opportunities.


Candidate Profile

  • Demonstrated experience in a strategy or management consulting environment, agri-food start-up entrepreneurial or corporate innovation experience is desired
  • Strong commercial acumen including the ability to succinctly analyse the merits of investment opportunities
  • Strong analytical skills and the capacity to leverage off external expertise and think strategically, including the ability to provide sound investment advice.
  • Demonstrated experience or a strong interest in working closely with start-ups to help maximise their growth potential.
  • Broad understanding of commercial principles including finance, brand management, IP management, licensing and deal development.

Mandatory Requirements

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in either science or business are essential, and literacy or experience in both highly desirable
  • Must be an Australian Citizen or in the process of achieving citzenship
  • Must be prepared to travel when required
  • Must have a valid Australian Drivers Licence as deemed necessary.
  • Must be willing to undergo all Pre-employment Medical checks

Job Offer

Be a part of a leading and innovative organisation and be involved with GrainInnovate, the first dedicated Agtech VC fund in Australia. This is a $50 million Venture Capital Fund established by GRDC and Artesian Alternative Investments to invest in start-ups to help drive the future profitability and sustainability of Australia's grain growers.

  • Immediate Start
  • $115,378 to $141,018 + superannuation, annually (depending on qualifications and experience)
  • 3 year estimated assignment
  • Annual leave entitlements
  • Flexible working arrangements

To apply online please click the 'Apply' button below. For a confidential discussion about this role please contact Seamus Smith on +61 2 6222 8954