Commercial & Business Programmes Manager

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Company: University of Exeter

Department: Innovation, Impact and Business

Salary: from £35,520 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience

Hours: Full Time

Contract type: Permanent

Type / Role: Professional or Managerial

Phone: +44-1494 8874176

Fax: +44-1227 5937255

E-mail: N\A


Detail information about job Commercial & Business Programmes Manager. Terms and conditions vacancy

This full time post is available immediately on a permanent basis.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. Fifty percent of our organisation is made up of Professional Services support staff that partner closely with the Academic colleges to ensure we achieve our strategy and vision.

Ranked among the top 200 universities in the world, Exeter has become one of the UK's fastest growing and fastest rising research universities. We are investing in our Directorate of Innovation, Impact and Business to drive forward our already strong relationships with organisations and businesses; grow our potential for significant impact; and galvanise regional innovation.

We need a highly motivated professional to develop and manage mutually beneficial relationships between academic teams and industrial partners via Innovate UK's Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme and in support of broader commercialisation opportunities arising from University research.

You will seek to develop and maintain long-term and relevant industry and academic links as the client manager for the University and work with companies to establish long term, effective partnerships.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Identify the nature of the company's knowledge need, and to work with their management to agree the scope of a suitable KTP concept or other business collaboration as appropriate.
  • Assess and select potential company partners for KTPs, with regard to their financial, technical and organisational suitability.
  • Evaluate, develop and create value from commercial opportunities arising from University research with an emphasis on those emerging from the Manufacturing, Materials, Infrastructure and Energy theme.
  • Prepare, co-ordinate, guide and be responsible for proposal submission in accordance with Innovate UK requirements.
  • Initiate and take responsibility for the joint recruitment of KTP Associates adhering to university HR policy.
  • For each partnership, negotiate and agree Intellectual Property and contractual terms.
  • Set up, manage and maintain awarded KTPs, taking responsibility for the successful delivery of all aspects of the project.
  • Manage relationships across the various stakeholders within individual partnerships.
  • Maintain control of and manage KTP budgets, liaising with partnerships to inform and advise on KTP financial practice.

The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, an onsite gym, free yoga and pilates, a cycle to work scheme and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter.

If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website ( for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.

For further information, please contact Jane Pankhurst, email [email protected], or telephone (01392) 725547.

Interviews will take place 15th September 2017.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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