Job ID: 2021-12623 Type: Full-Time # of Openings: 1 Category: Research and Laboratory
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.
The Strategic Partnership Officer (SPO) is responsible for leading and supporting the formulation of policy, strategies, programs, and agreements to accelerate public-private partnerships (PPP) with the Laboratory. The SPO will promote the application of innovative PPP structures and approaches for the Laboratory, including cultivating and maintaining relationships among business partners while also developing strategies to increase revenue opportunities for the lab.
Working with key stakeholders, advise and assist in identifying, developing, structuring, and executing agreements with industry partners, such as Strategic Partnership Projects (SPPs), Collaborative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Agreements for Commercializing Technologies (ACT), User Agreements (Proprietary and Non-Proprietary), and other agreements;
With input from key stakeholders (see below) and a strong understanding of the Statement of Work, identify the appropriate agreement vehicle(s).
Liaise and coordinate with Princeton University, partners and private sector financiers on financing options for PPPs; and serve as a resource to resolve any complex financial structuring issues;
Maintain knowledge of emerging best practices on enhancing private sector development and PPPs, including good practice examples, and guidelines through internal and external networks; keep abreast of latest trends and developments in addressing PPP-related issues.
Ensure comparability of the Department's operations to best practices;
Advise on the risks (including financial and intellectual property risks) associated with proposed contracts and identify necessary mitigating and corrective actions;
Utilize dedicated electronic systems, maintaining detailed accurate records, and using project plans to guide and inform work priorities on all agreements as well as report on activities
File necessary reports on performance of agreements;
Negotiate and track agreements to assist with their completion; maintaining agreements data in Laboratory databases;
Assist the technical staff in understanding requirements and providing instruction on agreement procedures;
Actively participate in understanding and resolving agreement related issues;
Contribute toward policy dialogue with the Department of Energy (DOE) that leads to greater efficiency;
Identify process improvements specific to particular agreement types and across all agreement types;
Participate in and contribute to internal and external training programs and conferences on private sector development and PPPs and serve the role of a team leader and supervise the performance of reporting staff (if applicable) and ensure the ongoing learning and development of such staff.
Education and Experience:
Requires a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business, Administration, Finance, Public-Private Policy and/or other related fields. Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum of 5-7 years of professional experience, preferably within the DOE complex, an FFRDC, or University. --Basic knowledge and understanding of contractual mechanisms that would be entered into between parties around intellectual property, patents, copyrights and proprietary information sharing, etc.
Basic understanding or familiarity with Laboratory Prime Contract, and relevant DOE Orders and Federal Regulations associated with federal transfer technology. Background and understanding of business and/or technology transfer-related contracting mechanisms, project tracking, and project management concepts.
Demonstrated ability to build rapport and converse with diverse constituencies, including Principal Investigators, various levels of staff and management both internal and external to the Laboratory.
Exhibited ability to multitask, such as managing multiple agreements in parallel in a fast-paced environment
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to analyze current industry trends to identify business opportunities that would generate revenue resources and profitability
Excellent communication skills, including speaking, writing, presenting, and listening with technical, legal and business professionals.
Demonstrated skills in critical thinking and negotiation in a business or scientific environment.
Must be able to work in a fast-paced, inclusive environment
Ability to negotiate with project sponsors, financing parties, and/or other investors.
Maintains collaborative relationships within the BOD, and works effectively with other key stakeholders from other Departments, Divisions, and external companies,
Other key professional attributes:
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the Laboratory and the Business Operations Department.
Ability to lead strategic planning/thinking, results-based management and reporting.
Demonstrated initiative, versatility, and accuracy, and attention to detail in work product(s).
High analytical skills oriented toward problem-solving.
Consistently approach work with energy and a positive attitude.
Ability to overcome unexpected difficulties and challenges to produce desired outcomes.
Excellent record of dependability, availability, attendance and punctuality.
If applicable - identify requirements for the employee to work in awkward positions, bend, climb, lift and/or move heavy objects - estimate frequency and amount of weight involved.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW
Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.
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