RTI International is recruiting for a Sr. Project Director (PD) for a role working at our Client site in Mumbai, India. This role will become an integral part of the Client’s Core/ Management Team to conceptualize, strategize, plan and execute the strategy/formulation and project implementation of a greenfield project – a pioneering initiative in India, drawing heavily from collaboration with global leaders in the field, and yet, conceptualizing all efforts with the Indian-context in mind. The Project lies at the intersection of higher education and innovation ecosystem – aiming to create a University offering higher technical education; a Research Park focusing on applied research and commercialization; and an Innovation District with active, thriving industry linkages. This would be a flagship project for RTI India related to Innovation and Commercialization and will therefore draw on RTI’s significant US and global expertise in this space.
This project requires an initial 2-year commitment to be onsite in the Mumbai location.
The PD will be expected to drive, support and manage a variety of project related activities and work closely with the Client Core/ Management Team and Experts to produce tangible results by way of Project deliverables. The PD will play an instrumental role in supporting the Client’s Core/ Management Team in identifying, building and managing key activities/ research areas/ approaches etc. to ensure the final deliverables (comprising recommendations, concrete action plans, outputs/ learnings from on-ground delivery etc.) are generated in a robust, defensible and evidence-based manner.
To this end, the PD’s role will be work in a deeply engaged manner, taking a holistic view of the Project’s core objectives, conduct in-depth market analysis and work closely with the Client’s Management Team, and his/ her project team to create project deliverables. A key requirement will be to interact closely with the Client personnel to understand their perspective, objectives and long-term outcome and co-create solutions that will ultimately help them achieve their vision. The PD will need to establish personal credibility with the Client off the back of her/ his own history and attributes - education, experience and accomplishments etc.
The PD will play a crucial role in delivery i.e. contribute significantly to crafting solutions, recommendations and also implementing certain aspects of the project as required. The PD will be closely involved in identifying and engaging with key stakeholders; and managing existing and originating new opportunities and partnerships that align with the project deliverables, sub-activities and ongoing workflow.
A key aspect of the PD’s role will be to continually demonstrate thought leadership and value-addition to the client through frequent interactions, targeted engagements, establishing a collaborative feedback loop, adoption and synthesis of the same and subsequent adaptation with respect to project delivery.
The PD shall ensure that overall project delivery is executed within the agreed time and budget, along with the highest quality standards.
Essential duties to include, but not be limited to;
- Develop an in-depth understanding of the overall project - activities, interdependencies, positioning and existing select global and in-country landscape/ benchmarks/ partners in the innovation area. Utilize this knowledge in combination with RTI’s in-house experts to craft relevant solutions and communicate these effectively to the client at regular intervals to guide consistency in thought process, and build credibility\
- Research and analysis, leveraging strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills
- Work closely with the Client Core/ Management Team to design and structure the project appropriately, and course correct at regular intervals to ensure deliverables are met in a timely manner
- Ensure all sub-activities are conducted in a way that can eventually be organized in a logical manner towards achieving the project outcomes
- Seamless stakeholder management
- Areas of oversight and ownership to include but not be limited to: (understanding these may be in coordination with other RTI experts)
o Help Identify new partners (academic institutions, central and state level governments, think tanks, reputed private sector organizations, incubators/ accelerators etc.), and originate corporate level partnerships and long-term engagements
o Build and maintain a robust business development pipeline
o Maintaining/liaising a wide variety of relationships with industry associations and potential academic and other collaborators, stakeholders etc.
o Organizational development and governance considerations
o Technology and digital infrastructure consideration and build-out
o Innovation ecosystems design
o Operations and planning processes
o Branding, marketing and communications
o Systems and infrastructure design
o Creation of master plans for subsequent build/ execution
- Develop and build knowledge repositories and relevant reference materials, monitor their utilization/ effectiveness and reassess as needed
- Creation of documents, presentations, and other client-facing materials as required
- Ensuring that all client-facing materials are high quality and a value-add to the projects success
- Ensure/track that all deliverables are presented in a professional manner, on time, and to the satisfaction of the client.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM related area (Science, Technology, Engineering, Management) and a Master’s Degree in related field or business specific (MBA/Economics/etc.)
- 15 years of relevant work experience within innovation incubators, urban planning, business, technology commercialization, and/or Public Policy
- Strong written and verbal communications skill (English)
- Deep experience (ideally multiple projects) in consultancy assignments, client engagement, business development, project delivery
- Knowledge/experience within project management, managing multi-million-dollar projects.
- Experience in one or more of the following: higher education in science and technology, innovation ecosystems, research parks / tech parks, entrepreneurship development, innovation-led economic growth
- Strong Client Engagement/ Business Development/ Strategy/ Innovation/ Advisory experience
- A thought leader and problem solver with demonstrated enthusiasm for engaging clients
- Strong presentation skills and demonstrated ability to articulate complex concepts to cross-functional audiences in creative ways
- Exceptional client relationship skills, able to quickly build and maintain relationships
- Ability to work seamlessly with multiple stakeholders co-located across the globe
- Demonstrated ability to lead and manage teams, handle typical issues that arise in project settings and meet strict and aggressive deadlines
- A natural leader with the ability and energy to inspire collaboration and performance
- Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
- Experience of working in global, multi-cultural environments and in small/ large teams or individually, as required
- Strong commercial outlook and understanding of the prevailing business realities in India
- Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel
- Must be open to relocating to the Mumbai area of India
- PhD and 10+ years
- Strong written and verbal communications skill (English and Hindi)