AURIL2017 Annual Conference
5th and 6th October 2017


Bristol Marriott Royal
College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA 

Contact: Fiona Lees
  0141 548 4754

Director of Research & Innovation
Closing 05 July 2017

Reference: A5428
Salary: Senior Manager Scale - competitive salary
Location: Plymouth University

The role:

University of Plymouth, among the highest-ranked modern higher education institutions in the world and with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, is seeking to appoint a Director to lead our Research & Innovation (R&I) Directorate.  This exciting and challenging position will be responsible for the leadership, organisation, alignment and provision of services relating to the transformation and delivery of research, innovation and enterprise in line with the University’s strategic aims.

You will be responsible for developing the University’s commercialisation strategy in close liaison with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) to increase research quality, impact and income as well as overseeing business ventures and collaboration with commercial and industrial interests.

The person:

A self-starter and highly motivated individual, you will be a proven leader with a record of developing and delivering strategic plans, demonstrating an understanding of governmental approaches and current thinking of HE research, innovation and enterprise. Ideally with senior leadership experience in a similar role, you will need to have a genuine passion for research and innovation.

A strong and effective communicator and already operating at a senior level you will have a record of building and maintaining strong professional relationships with a range of customers and stakeholders. Preferably set within a Higher Education environment, these relationships would have resulted in the development of large collaborations and funding proposals.

You will be qualified to at least to degree level and possess advanced diagnostic skills, with substantial business planning, strategic analysis and evaluation abilities. 

Flexibility for UK travel will be required. 

The rewards:

We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.

This is an exciting chance to be part of a progressive and cutting-edge business in a beautiful location, where you can really make a difference.

Further information and how to apply:

If you possess the experience, passion and attitude to make this role a success then we would love to hear from you.

You can apply here, where you can download an information pack that provides more detail about the role and the application process.

For an informal conversation please call Professor Jerry Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise or Richard Middleton, Interim Registrar and Secretary on 01752 582008.

Timeframe:  Shortlisting will be completed by 18th July with interviews scheduled for 26th July.

University of Plymouth is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is a Stonewall diversity champion.

The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM academia.

University of Plymouth has been recognised by Bloomberg as one of the 50 best UK employers for 2016.