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Senior Manager - Intellectual Property Operations

Sector:  NEOM Authority
Division:  NEOM Business

Position: Senior Manager of Intellectual Property Operations

Reports to: Director of Intellectual Property

Sector: NEOM Authority - Business - Iintellectual Property
Job Location: Sharma, KSA


Role Purpose: 

NEOM will be a hub for innovation, where established global businesses and emerging players can research, incubate and commercialize groundbreaking technologies to accelerate human progress.  People in NEOM call themselves “dreamers and doers.” The Intellectual Property Office will be key to support inventors and businesses in protecting their creativity, imagination and intellectual property rights.


The Senior Manager of IP Operations is a critical position to ensure that intellectual property (IP) rights are properly registered and protected in NEOM. The role will develop and oversee the IP registration units - Trademarks & Designs, Patent, and Plant Variety Rights. In addition to building the unit teams, the role will be heavily involved in driving and developing operating procedures, for both internal and outsourced processes.




Functional responsibilities

The Senior Manager of IP Operations will have end-to-end responsibility over executing a world-class function in the examination and registration of IP rights in NEOM, with the primary missions to:

  • Oversee and ensure operations across the IP registration functions, including trademarks, designs, geographical indications, patents, plant variety rights, copyright and database rights
  • Develop effective working practices and procedures for the division
  • Actively collaborate with direct reports to establish unit goals, track KPIs, and enhance performance
  • Identify and implement opportunities to enhance the client registration experience
  • Manage the division budget, costs and registration revenues, working closely with the Finance department
  • Identify examiners’ development needs and organize relevant training sessions
  • Coordinate with other stakeholders as fruitful to achieve IP operations goals (e.g., work-sharing arrangements and training sessions with external IP offices, arranged with support from the NEOM IP office’s Manager of Strategic Partnerships)

Transitional Activities for Establishing Function Readiness

  • Hire, manage and develop internal teams of IP Examiners, with the responsibility to maintain a collaborative and motivating work environment
  • Collaborate with unit heads in the IP Operations division, and the work plan necessary for the units’ development.
  • Ensure all IP registration units are activated on time and on/under budget, and ensure risks are identified and addressed on time
  • Create and implement plans to gradually develop in-house examination capabilities.
  • Quality-check documents produced by the examination teams to ensure that approved applications are technically, administratively, and legally compliant
  • Perform other appropriate duties and responsibilities as requested by the Head of the NEOM IP office


Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Law degree and a technical background
  • 7+ years of experience working in an IP operations or related role: clear vision and thorough understanding of the IP office’s registration and examination functions
  • Global management experience at a senior level
  • Cross-functional awareness and time- and organizational-management skills

Qualifications and Experience.

Leadership and Mindset

  • Fully understands NEOM’s vision as an Accelerator of Human Progress and is excited and motivated to help deliver this vision
  • Purpose-driven and pioneering mindset – drives change and introduces innovative solutions
  • Values diversity and is an inclusive leader
  • Has excellent interpersonal skills and is highly collaborative



  • Free Accommodation.
  • Free Laundry and housekeeping.
  • Free transportation.
  • 2 flights per month domestic round trip.
  • 1 Annual Travel Allowance.
  • Relocation Flight.
  • Free Meals ( breakfast, lunch, dinner ).
  • Schooling - 60K SAR per child up to 3 children.
  • Bonus 20-30% annual (performance based).
  • Savings Plan ( Long-term incentive plan ).
  • Medical insurance ( VVIP health coverage), for Employee, Family & Parents.
  • Annual Leave 30 working days annual.
  • Remote Working 24 working days annual.

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