Product Development Manager, Incubator

POSTED: December 1, 2022
BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Lead efforts to advance a variety of Purdue technologies from lab to market via product development efforts (advance from low-TRL technology to high-TRL product) to enhance licensing efforts to industry and startups.
  • Assist inventors with understanding steps required to take a technology from the laboratory to the market – including prototyping, sourcing, costing, scaling, industrial design, and beta testing.
  • Lead efforts to identify Purdue technologies which would benefit most from product development engagement.
  • Be able to work with a breadth of technology domains and have an appetite to learn and navigate product development activities for technologies not as familiar with by utilizing consultants and third parties.
  • Meet regularly with OTC Business Development Managers to assess Purdue technologies and identify candidates that would benefit from prototyping or other product development activities.
  • Consult with Purdue startups on product development methodologies and milestones.
  • Assist Purdue startups in accessing product development resources, including advising on applicability and availability of Gap funds (in concert with Gap Funding Manager, Incubator).
  • Work directly with Purdue resources to marshal resources to advance technologies to product.
  • Manage relationships with contract manufacturers and product development companies to assist with prototyping and scaling.
  • Work with Program Manager, Incubator to create and deliver workshops and/or other programs that would benefit the startup and commercialization ecosystems at Purdue.
  • Report on and achieve specified metrics relative to product development activities.
  • Prepare materials for meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent communication skills, including oral, written, and proofreading skills.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills with the ability to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Product development experience – preferably skills such as prototyping, sourcing, costing, scaling, industrial design, and beta testing.
  • Familiarity with CAD software, 3D printing, and other rapid prototyping tools.
  • Ability to perform with minimal supervision, prioritize assignments to meet deadlines, and produce high-quality work with attention to detail.
  • Ability to take initiative and solve problems while being flexible.
  • Ability to influence and build working relationships among a diverse workforce at all levels.
  • Demonstrated good judgment, diplomacy, persuasive ability, and the ability to inspire confidence and cooperation to drive positive results within and across the organization’s boundaries.
  • Strong understanding of intellectual property.
  • Personal computer and related basic Microsoft Office skills.
  • Familiarity with CRM tools like Salesforce or database management systems such as Sophia.
  • In person attendance for events is required.


  • Bachelor's degree required (MS or PhD preferred).
  • 8+ years' experience required.
  • Experience in product development, especially physical products and manufacturing.

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A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. 

Purdue Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. PRF views, evaluates, and treats all persons in all Foundation-related activities solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.  All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.

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