Senior Technology Manager - Bozeman

$115,000 - $125,000 yearly
  • TechLink
  • Bozeman, MT, USA
  • Jun 04, 2024
Full time Business Development Consultant Engineering Senior Level Software

Job Description

Techlink currently brokers or facilitates approximately 85 percent of DoD’s annual license agreements with industry and the majority of VA’s license agreements. These license agreements enable companies to develop, manufacture, and sell new products and services using DoD and VA inventions. In addition, Techlink helps establish CRADAs between DoDand VA laboratories and companies for the joint development of innovative technology.

This position will support the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Montana State University technology transfer programs by facilitating license agreements to DoD, MSU, and VA-owned intellectual property and by helping to establish cooperative R&D agreements (CRADAs) between DoD and VA research laboratories and industry partners.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with other Techlink staff to achieve technology transfer successes for the sponsoring organizations, particularly DoD and VA, focusing primarily on facilitating technology transfer partnerships involving patent license agreements and cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs).
  • Maintain a consistent pipeline of technology opportunity projects across the stages of IP evaluation, written material development, prospect identification, and outreach.
  • Evaluate DoD, VA, and/or MSU intellectual property (IP) to identify technologies with industry partnership potential through a regular and systematic review of newly issued patents, published patent applications, and other invention-related information and assets. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of specific DoD, VA, or MSU intellectual portfolio(s) as assigned.
  • Produce business case-focused, written materials around identified opportunities to support the facilitation of industry partnerships from reviewing invention-related information and through conducting interviews with inventors.
  • Identify high-quality, prospective industry partners on identified opportunities through market research and other tactics.
  • Engage prospects with identified opportunities through direct outreach via email, phone, and other means.
  • Maintain a consistent pipeline of technology transfer agreements across the stages of facilitation from initial evaluation by prospects through application development and ultimate agreement execution.
  • Support prospect evaluation of partnership opportunities, including mediating discussions with inventors and facilitation of supporting agreements as needed to enable the transfer of materials, prototypes, or other information/assets.
  • Provide professional customer service and facilitation of license agreements, CRADAs, and other technology transfer related agreements. Support and advise prospects toward the development of license applications and other required agreement documentation in line with federal technology transfer regulations, legal requirements, and sponsor expectations.
  • Travel regularly to visit DOD laboratories and/or VA Medical Centers and to attend conferences, tradeshows, etc as required or needed in support of maintaining active technology opportunities and partnership pipelines.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills:

  • Master’s or other advanced degree in materials science, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry, biomedical engineering, biochemistry, physics, or other relevant science or engineering field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • At least five years technology transfer, R&D, product development, software development, business development, technology marketing, technology sales, or related industry experience.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial skills, especially in business development and/or sales.
  • Demonstrated broad understanding of technology across multiple disciplines.
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders to achieve alignment and desired outcomes, including the ability to initiate and close licensing and research collaboration opportunities.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills:

  • PhD or other advanced degree in materials science, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry, biomedical engineering, biochemistry, physics, or other relevant science or engineering field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • At least 10 years R&D, product development, software development, business development, technology marketing, technology sales, or related industry experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in technology transfer including evaluation of inventions for commercialization potential, marketing of licensing opportunities to small businesses and entrepreneurs, negotiation of license terms, and successful completion of license agreements.
  • Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) certification.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of intellectual property, e.g., US patent law, copyright, trademark, Bayh-Dole, and related federal laws pertaining to intellectual property.
  • Experience developing and delivering high quality and compelling presentations to diverse audiences.

The Successful Candidate Will:

  • Ability to deliver high quality and professional level service to federal sponsors, industry partners, and other TechLink customers.
  • General knowledge of IP law, patent prosecution, license agreements, and other technology transfer agreements.
  • Ability to find creative solutions to periodic problems to adapt and prosper when confronted with changing circumstances, and to maintain motivation and enthusiasm through adversity.
  • Self starter and ability to function with minimal supervision, including strong work ethic and effective time management.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records in customer relationship management (CRM) software and other organizational systems and databases.