Manager, Innovation & Technology

IPI is an innovation catalyst that helps Singapore enterprises find new and innovative technologies to grow their business. We work closely with local companies to understand their challenges and global technology providers to find the best-fit solutions to address them. 

Job Responsibilities:

As an Innovation & Technology Manager at IPI, you will serve as a strategic partner to Singapore enterprises seeking to leverage technology to drive business growth and differentiation. You will act as the bridge between these enterprises and their technology partners, facilitating collaboration and knowledge exchange within the global innovation ecosystem. 

 

This role will be a great fit for you if: 

  • You are a highly motivated individual with a blend of technical expertise, business acumen, and strong interpersonal skills;  

  • You are passionate about innovation and have a desire to make a positive impact on the Singaporean business landscape; 

  • You welcome the challenge of learning and exploring new areas, gaining exposure to diverse industries and technologies; 

  • You enjoy building strong networks and gaining valuable knowledge across various sectors, giving you a broader perspective than a specialised role; 

  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment and are comfortable working both independently and in teams; 

  • You are able to analyse business needs and translate them into technology requirements; and 

  • You can manage projects and stakeholders effectively.  

 

Responsibilities 

1. Supporting Singapore Businesses 

  • You'll act as a trusted partner, working closely with companies to identify their challenges and find the technologies that can help them grow. 

  • This involves understanding their business goals, current pain points, and technology needs. 

  • Once you've identified a good fit, you'll help them navigate the process of adopting and commercialising the new technology. 

 

2. Building and Expanding IPI's Innovation Network 

  • You'll be responsible for expanding IPI's network of innovation sources and technology partners around the world. 

  • This involves staying on top of industry trends and identifying new technologies that address the needs of Singapore companies. 

  • You'll also be responsible for maintaining strong relationships with existing technology partners. 

 

3. Thought Leadership and Industry Engagement 

  • You'll play a key role in establishing IPI as a thought leader in the Innovation and Technology space. 

  • This involves identifying and sharing insights on upcoming technology trends through publications and forums. 

  • You'll also be involved in organising industry events like IPI's TechInnovation, and identifying innovative solutions for IPI's Co-Innovation Programme. 

Pre-requisites:

Experience (4-7 years) 

  • Client-facing experience: You should have a strong track record of working directly with clients in a technical field. 

  • Prior working experience or familiarity with the Singapore innovation ecosystem (e.g., technology transfer organisations, accelerators, incubators etc.,) is a plus. 

  • Specific industry knowledge: Experience in any of the following areas is a plus i.e. Energy & Environment, Mechatronics, Infocomm (AI/ML, Natural Language Processing), Electronics (IoT, Sensors). 

  • Technology expertise: Your background should involve technology development, adoption, or commercialization. 

  • Local SME/Startup experience: Experience working with small and medium-sized enterprises or startups is a plus. 

  

Academic Background 

  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Science or Engineering is required. 

  • Postgraduate qualifications: A Master's degree in Technology Management, Intellectual Property Management, or Business Administration is advantageous. 

Overall, this role offers a unique blend of responsibilities that requires you to be both technically knowledgeable and client-focused. It's a great opportunity for someone who wants to learn, grow, and make a positive impact on Singapore enterprises.