At Kinaxis, who we are is grounded in our common belief that people matter. Each one of us plays an important part in accomplishing our work, building our culture and making a global impact.

Every day, we’re empowered to work together to help our customers make fast, confident planning decisions. This is how we create a better planet – for each other, for our customers and for generations to come. Our cloud-based platform RapidResponse ensures that the products we need – everything from medicine and cars, to day-to-day items like toothpaste – make it to market and into our hands when we need them with minimal ecological footprint.

We make the world better, and you can too.

Senior Manager, Academic Alliances

Job location: This position is to be hired in Canada or USA and will be remote unless you live in the Ottawa area in which the role will be hybrid.

About the team

Kinaxis is grounded in the belief that people matter here. As Senior Manager, Academic Alliances, you will be a key contributor to our Kinaxis Office of Strategy, and you will be a part of an energetic team that guides our strategic direction and delivers results.

Reporting to our Senior Director, Industry Outreach and Academic Alliances, you will uniquely span both the Kinaxis Academic Program and our Industry Outreach to be at the forefront of business collaborations, world-class supply chain research agendas, and emerging ecosystems. You will manage and continuously innovate our Kinaxis Academic Program to provide credible context for how Kinaxis addresses the world’s most pressing supply chain management challenges and growth opportunities.

What you will do

  • Lead a global academic program that balances customized outreach with reach and scalability while capturing reusable insights beneficial in the classroom and beyond.
  • Team with our academic program manager and faculty leaders to evangelize supply chain planning with experiential learning powered by Kinaxis RapidResponse®. Includes measuring learning effectiveness.
  • Create a Kinaxis Academic Hub to host curated cases, teaching assets and a platform for ideas that bring together faculty, students, and potential customers committed to the next generation of supply chain leaders.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders from across the business to help build a talent pipeline for Kinaxis and our customers by identifying programs best matched to hiring needs and collaborating with HR on programs to engage and recruit.
  • Connect supply chain leaders and academic luminaries to invite conversation and new perspectives grounded in cutting-edge research.
  • Build academic partnerships that generate thought leadership.
  • Monitor emerging trends that have potential to disrupt supply chains, both positively and negatively, and evaluate opportunities to partner in academic research and/or industry outreach to advance understanding. Time spent partnering with a portfolio of academic thought leaders, industry and vertical experts will vary.
  • Develop and track impact metrics aligned to company objectives.

What we are looking for

  • Bachelor’s degree (preference for related field, e.g., business, analytics, supply chain, operations, engineering). Masters preferred.
  • 7+ years managing business and/or technology partnerships with an innovative mindset. A preference for experience partnering with faculty in higher education at both the teaching and research level.
  • 7+ years exhibiting knowledge of complex B2B sales cycles. Experience managing projects with cross-functional teams across geographic regions, US and EMEA, is a plus.
  • Proficiency outlining mutually beneficial multi-year partnership contracts and delivering on measurable results with exceptional project management and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated success articulating and evangelizing ideas across audiences, both internal and external, as well as effective use of social media to communicate.
  • Competency to work independently, develop program strategy, and implement ongoing process improvements to achieve successful execution.
  • Ability to travel, up to 35% of the time, in North America as well as internationally on occasion.
  • Curiosity and passion to revolutionize supply chain management and impact humanity.


What we have to offer

  • Challenging Work - We love solving highly complex problems. And as the global leaders in our industry, we never stop innovating—our work is never “done. That’s because across our teams and in all roles, every employee is empowered to bring their best ideas forward and to jump in and solve the problems they’re passionate about.
  • Great People - We take our work seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously! It’s in our DNA to celebrate, laugh, and have fun. We are stronger, together, when we are open, honest, and above all, real. Every person is valued here and plays an important role in our shared success.
  • Global Impact - As a global team spanning continents, boundaries, and cultures, every day we are inspired by the impact our work has on our colleagues, our customers, our communities, and the world at large.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Diversity, equity and inclusion are more than words to us. They are the guiding principles for building a culture where we celebrate each others’ differences, continuously strive for equality and recognize that inclusion makes us stronger as individuals, a company and a global citizen. 

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