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Requisition ID:  11447

Manager, Technical Assistance Program

Job Summary

*This position is actively recruiting and accepting applications.*

The mission of the Technical Assistance Program (TAP) is to advance Indiana's prosperity, health, and quality of life. Each year TAP serves hundreds of manufacturing companies, businesses, healthcare providers, high tech start-ups, life science companies, governmental units, and not-for-profit organizations. Impacts include significant sales increases, cost reductions, capital investments, and jobs created or saved.
The Manager, Statewide Faculty Technical Assistance, has responsibility for the successful management of faculty assistance projects and the achievement of economic impacts. Each year TAP serves over 150 companies with technical assistance projects on a broad range of topics, including technology adoption, manufacturing processes, product design, problem-solving, human resources, leadership, strategic planning, management, information technology, and science and engineering questions. TAP engages over 30 faculty and graduate assistants for this work. The manager develops project scopes of work, selects and assigns qualified faculty and graduate assistants, oversees project completion, and obtains feedback and economic impacts. 
The Manager will heavily emphasize assisting manufacturing companies with technical issues, due to the importance of the manufacturing sector in Indiana (comprising ~40% of state GDP). 



  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, industrial management, engineering or related field Successful management of multiple challenging concurrent projects or assignments in a business, academic, or manufacturing environment 
  • A valid US or Canadian Driver's license 
  • Four years of direct experience in a consulting or manufacturing firm utilizing technical skills for product and/or process design or improvement
  • Customer or external relationship management 
  • Proven track record of successfully interfacing with both technical and managerial levels of manufacturing companies in a consultative role
  • Successful collaboration and engagement with university faculty and staff on technical projects
  • Ability to productively interact with faculty and with the business sector
  • Ability to respond quickly and effectively in a fast-paced work environment with many interruptions
  • Ability to support the continuous improvement and quality of TAP's systems and procedures
  • Strong aptitude for industry outreach and engagement
  • Adept leadership abilities working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experience levels
  • Ability to successfully interact with government agencies, industry associations, and other organizations to create productive partnerships
  • Ability to build productive relationships across multiple Purdue departments and Centers of Excellence to strengthen TAP/MEP, adding new capabilities and expertise to the program
  • Ability to work effectively with manufacturing companies, helping them identify/define technical and process-related issues, connecting them with appropriate university resources for driving value-centric solutions


  • MS or MBA degree

Additional Information: 

  • This position requires moderate travel in Indiana and occasional travel outside Indiana
  • This position is located in West Lafayette
  • Travel to MEP office in Fishers, IN is required at least once every 2 weeks
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period 
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply