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Innovation Advisor-Manufacturing Focus

RTI International
Durham, North Carolina, US
Closing date
Feb 7, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time

Are you passionate about working with American manufacturers to enhance domestic supply chains and address important issues like sustainability and climate change? Does building partnerships that underpin innovation ecosystems excite you? And do you want to help manufacturers across United States grow their market reach and workforce?
If yes, you may be the right person to join RTI Innovation Advisors (RTI IA). Our team has been helping global corporate, federal, and foundation clients solve their toughest technology and innovation challenges for more than 50 years. We share your drive to make the world better and your desire for work with purpose: to solve challenges facing science and society, and to learn and grow in a diverse and ever-changing global environment. We make that happen by investing in you-dynamic professional development, employee wellness, and world-class benefits which include paid parental leave and childcare subsidies. We empower you to accomplish our shared mission.

We're looking for an Innovation Advisor to drive our projects with manufacturers who are exploring new markets or developing new products. As a part of our team, you may support NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers across the country in delivering market and technology intelligence research to small- and medium-sized manufacturers. You may also be called upon to lead ecosystem building activities for the North Carolina Defense Manufacturing Communities Support program, a US Department of Defense-funded program to deliver smart textile and wearable technology to optimize the health and performance of service members. As a trusted advisor, you will guide our clients through multi-stakeholder sensemaking and prioritization discussions, enabling collaborative decision making and planning.?
As a part of the RTI Innovation Advisors team, clients will depend on you for rigorous, independent research that will enable their initiatives to have meaningful human and business impact. As a business unit of RTI International-an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition-RTI IA provides an environment that promotes our values of quiet confidence, learning, and collaborating, empowered by a culture of trust and respect, responsibility, and accountability.
What You'll Bring
Because you'll educate our clients and help them set goals, prioritize their activities, and achieve impact, you'll bring a solid understanding of what it takes to create new opportunities in the manufacturing sector. In addition, you will:

Have experience finding unmet needs, exploring new markets for manufacturing businesses, developing new products for manufacturing businesses, and conducting go-to-market planning.
Have strong technical, critical thinking, and analytical skills that enable you identify a technology's key points of differentiation, combined with the curiosity and creativity to consider markets where this differentiation may have value.
Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills (including English fluency), and a proven ability to develop well-structured, logical, and audience-relevant communications; must have strong MS PowerPoint and MS Excel skills.
Be a self-directed team member and leader committed to quality and efficiency, with proven ability to: work in highly ambiguous and complex environments; interface with client executives; motivate and guide colleagues and client teams.

We are seeking candidates with skills and experience to:

Lead matrixed teams of RTI IA's insights researchers to provide custom business and technology intelligence for manufacturers to support:

new product or service development (identifying needs or enabling technologies),
identification and assessment of new market opportunities (including market sizing, investment assessment, commercialization, go-to-market planning, and more),
and evaluating potential partnerships to further innovation initiatives and solutions development.

Guide our external clients through understanding the current and future state of relevant technologies such as advanced materials, sensors, intelligent systems, or enablers of sustainability (circular economy models, decarbonization).
Build relationships with existing customers and cultivate new customers to maintain and grow RTI IA's profile as a long-term, trusted advisor and partner.
Coach and guide internal teams in the creation of client deliverables (e.g., reports, presentations, decision support models), including executive summaries, detailed research (market and technology), and recommendations.
Co-design and co-deliver virtual and in-person working sessions and user-centered design workshops as a central part of client engagements.

We recognize the value of your education and experience, which includes or is equivalent to:

Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Science/Engineering with experience in "deep tech" (especially "smart" electromechanical systems integrating advanced sensors and algorithms)
At least 5 years of experience in the manufacturing sector with some exposure to market strategy, product development, product management, or innovation.
Relevant experience in project management, research synthesis, and presentation of recommendations for a variety of key stakeholders.

Ideal candidates may also have:

Advanced degree in business administration or supply chain management
Experience with direct stakeholder engagements (internal or external stakeholders), such as engaging end users to understand their needs and test the potential value of a new technology
Entrepreneurial experience with a deep tech startup company
Technical expertise in the defense sector, which may include personal protection equipment, sensors and equipment for human performance optimization, automation and threat identification, and cybersecurity.
Have a working knowledge and general understanding of the U.S. Department of Defense agencies and mission, structure, priorities, and funding mechanisms
Strong primary research skills
Familiarity with innovation management practices and frameworks
Experience with workshop design and facilitation

EEO & Pay Equity Statements:
As a global employer of choice, RTI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace and the communities and markets where we serve our mission. We value diversity of thought, culture, background and perspective and welcome applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, creed, citizenship status, disability, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws or RTI policy.We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach and one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit USA Job Postings Only: RTI participates in the US Government E-Verify program. Further information regarding the E-Verify program and laws that are designed to protect you against discrimination relating to your legal right to work in the US can be found here.For San Francisco, CA USA Job Postings Only: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. Further information is available here.

The anticipated pay range for this role is listed below. Our pay ranges represent national averages and may vary by location as a geographic differential may be applied to some locations within the United States.

RTI considers multiple factors when making an offer including, for example: established salary range, internal budget, business needs, and education and years of work experience possessed by the applicant. Further, salary is merely one element to our offer.
At RTI, we demonstrate our commitment to rewarding individual and team achievement through a total rewards package. This package includes (among other things) a competitive base salary, a generous paid time off policy, merit based annual increases, bonus opportunities and a robust recognition program. Other benefits include a competitive range of insurance plans (including health, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability), access to a retirement savings program such as a 401(k) plan, paid parental leave for all parents, financial assistance with adoption expenses or infertility treatments, financial reimbursement for education and developmental opportunities, an employee assistance program, and numerous other offerings to support a healthy work-life balance.

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