New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Head of Early Stage Tech (Business Development Manager), San Francisco

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Government Services

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Applications Close - End of Day: 08-01-2018


New Zealand

Work type:
Full Time

Help New Zealand to grow bigger, better, faster in the U.S.A.

New Zealand technology businesses are growing in the US, both in number and size, so the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) team in San Francisco are looking for a Head of Early Stage Technology to grow the portfolio with our Founders.

NZTE is New Zealand's international business development agency, but we are not like your traditional trade agency. Our people are highly commercially savvy, connected people who know their sector intimately. We get to work with some of New Zealand's most exciting tech companies, aiming to grow them 10x, by getting alongside them early in their journey.

Based in our central San Francisco office at WeWork Transbay, you will proactively support New Zealand companies develop and execute their go to market plans. This will including building founder capability, identifying and providing strategic introductions, market analysis, and commissioning research. Your role is all about developing new and clever channels to market and identifying the growth opportunities for founders and sales.

We need your natural desire to learn new things and your commercial know-how to manage an active portfolio of early stage technology companies and play a critical role in evaluating their strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities and supporting them with market entry and growth strategies.

A superb relationship manager and team player, you will also be part of a global organisation working with colleagues in the Americas, New Zealand and our other international offices to achieve the New Zealand government's economic development goals.

Keen business acumen is critical, as is the ability to work alongside CEO's and a willingness to 'roll your sleeves up'. You will have superior communication, business consulting and relationship management skills with the ability to build rapport quickly. You will understand how to develop and leverage industry networks specifically for early-stage technology start-ups. Your enthusiastic, 'can-do' attitude, proactive nature, creative problem-solving skills and ability to work in virtual teams will be critical to your success.

NZTE offers a flexible, fun and stimulating environment with a unique opportunity to develop and access world class business networks and work with a talented, diverse, international team.

If this sounds like you and you want to be part of an organisation with a mission to export kiwi ingenuity around the world, then please apply now.


To apply for this role, you must be a US citizen or hold a Green Card.

Do you think you have what it takes? Then we want to hear from you. Please check out the position description and apply now!

This vacancy closes at 6pm Sunday 7 January, 2018 (Pacific time) / 3pm Monday 8 January (NZ time)

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