Innovation Network Development Manager


The Autodesk Technology Centers @ Autodesk

The Autodesk Technology Centers under Autodesk Research are where the future of making takes shape. With locations around the world, we invite industry, academic, and entrepreneurial communities to reimagine what it means to design and make and create a shared vision of the future. We provide the technology, equipment, training, expertise, and network for these communities to explore ideas that will shape the future. With locations in San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, Birmingham, UK, and a global online community, the Autodesk Technology Centers are committed to exploring the future of design and making.

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Position Overview:

Autodesk seeks a passionate individual motivated by innovation in digital workflows in manufacturing. The Network Development Manager brings leading innovators from industrial, academic, and entrepreneurial communities from across the globe into the Autodesk Technology Centers Outsight Network. In this role, the team member cultivates relationships that may lead to participation in the Technology Center Outsight Network and deeper engagements between those relationships and Autodesk product, platform, and research groups. The Development Manager will work closely with the Technology Centers Workshops, supporting residents and fostering equipment vendor relationships by providing technical guidance relating to digital manufacturing workflows and data-connected fabrication.

As part of the Autodesk Technology Center Network team, the Network Development Manager will collaborate across tech center teams to inform and curate content, programming, and contribute to media and other outreach activities. Example initiatives include Spotlight Series, Outsights Panels, and Calls for Proposals

Candidates for this role have experience working with digital processes in manufacturing environments and demonstrate a passion for innovation in design-to-make workflows. They are a team player and eager to shape the work of the technology centers and help to create the new possible with Autodesk and our network.


Develop, execute, and iterate on strategies for recruitment and outreach
Seek information on industry trends from internal and external sources
Collaborate with sales teams, product developers, and research teams to develop relationships, bringing value to our customers, and the outsight network community
Collaborate with the Workshops teams to support technology center driven manufacturing research and demonstration
Facilitate conversations with network candidates to inform how they can advance and innovate through the Autodesk Technology Centers
Communicate the vision, direction, and mission of development and workshop teams to build network connections, generate industry-specific thought leadership, and initiate Autodesk Technology Centers programming
30% travel to various facilities and events once travel resumes

Minimum Qualifications:

Professional experience in manufacturing, production or fabrication (7+ years)
Awareness and experience with the utilization of digital technologies in manufacturing
Understanding of digitalization for HMLV – High-Mix Low-Volume production
Knowledge of applications of automation in manufacturing and related design methods including Design for Manufacturing and Assembly, and Design for Automated Manufacturing
Awareness of emerging trends and the application of mixed reality technology in manufacturing
Understanding of material systems including supply chain, production waste, and product lifecycle
Experience in creating partnerships and collaborations (business development, technical marketing, product management, or project management)
Demonstrated ability to drive projects to completion
Possess an innate networking ability and the skills to manage multiple ongoing relationships at once
Ability to identify innovative solutions for technology, workflows, and business models in manufacturing practices
Impactful, polished and adaptable communicator – written, visual and verbal
Strong work ethic and commitment to making a positive impact

At Autodesk, we’re building a diverse workplace and an inclusive culture to give more people the chance to imagine, design, and make a better world. Autodesk is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic. We also consider for employment all qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

Senior Vendor Manager

Position Overview:

The Platform Partner Management (PPM) team manages 3rd party vendor partners for Autodesk’s Cloud Platform (Forge). This includes cloud-native vendor partners across domains such as API Management, Security, Databases, SAAS/PAAS providers, Localization, Service and staff augmentation providers. The Senior Partner Manager is responsible for managing a variety of these vendor partner relationships including contracting, performance management, issue management, stakeholder management and being a key partner in risk and financial management.


Support specific areas of the business and manage all their vendor accounts
Create and manage vendor partner management policies and procedures. Ensure vendor compliance with Autodesk’s documented policies and procedures
Key stakeholder in vendor partner management lifecycle including sourcing, contracting, onboarding, participating in negotiations, issue management, to off-boarding
Work with Business, Strategic Sourcing, Procurement, and Security teams on RF(x) processes, technical vendor evaluations, security assessments, and other projects as needed
Work with Business, Procurement, Finance, and Legal teams to ensure contracts have appropriate terms and conditions, service level agreements, key performance indicators, and escalation processes
Responsible for contract management including compliance, oversight, and adherence to change control procedures. Monitor and ensure contract renewals are planned and executed well in advance of expiry
Monitor vendor partner performance, financial status, SLA/KPI monitoring. Drive and facilitate any disputes between business and supplier to resolution
Set up regular check-ins with vendor account managers, facilitate regular conversations between the business unit/stakeholder(s) and vendor operations teams
Plan and conduct regular business reviews and executive meetings at a cadence agreed with the business unit/stakeholder
Support the business in demand planning and monitor against the plan. Flag overages and additional budget asks well in advance
Partner with platform team to ensure all relevant vendor data is automated and available on dashboards

Minimum Qualifications:

10+ years of progressive experience in management of 3rd party vendor partner relationships critical to a cloud and platform technology business
Ability to work effectively in a team environment
Ability to effectively and comfortably communicate with executive leadership and provide updates/status reports or deliver presentations and recommendations
Excellent analytical, organizational, tactical and strategic planning, presentation (verbal, and written) communication skills
Ability to read and interpret legal documents such as contracts, terms and conditions, non-disclosure agreements
Ability to work with and empower others on a collaborative basis to ensure success of the PPM team
Ability to establish workflows, manage multiple projects, and meet necessary deadlines