Innovation Advisor (Business and Markets)

RTI International

Durham, NC, US

RTI International is seeking an Innovation Advisor – Business and Markets to provide strategic consulting, market research, commercialization and partnership development services to clients of the Innovation Advisors. Prior experience in working closely with clients in a consulting setting is required, and the candidate must be willing to travel to meet project needs. 

This position involves, in part, supporting a program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support testing and launch of new sanitation technologies. This individual will work closely with a team, serving a variety of roles e.g., project leader, project team member, thought-partner.

If you are excited about challenging global social and client issues, applying both an analytical and human-centered rigor to your work, this could be a great role for you.

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Job responsibilities include:

  • Driving projects independently including activities such as scoping, budgeting, team / sub-contractor management, content leadership, and client meetings
  • Performing business and market assessments including market sizing, business model evaluation, financial modeling, and scenario planning
  • Leading the collection / organization of primary and secondary data, both quantitative and qualitative; turning that data into actionable insights for the client to enable business decisions, strategy design, and technology/product development
  • Coordinating multiple projects, teams, and individual roles across geographies

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or other related disciplines
  • 6 years of progressive work experience of which includes 2-5 years of client-facing experience working with a variety of commercial, multinational, governmental and/or non-profit clients
  • Project management or initiative leadership experience
  • Strong written communication skills (PPT and Word) along with strong verbal communication
  • Experience working on or being part of international projects, particularly in emerging markets
  • Experience with or interested in understanding and evaluating technologies
  • Experience working in energy, water and sanitation, and/or consumer products
  • Experience with designing and executing consumer-focused research


  • MBA
  • Experience working in energy, water and sanitation, and/or consumer products
  • Experience with human centered design tools and processes