Compact Manager

Nottingham Trent University - PVC Employer and Economic Engagement

Nottingham Trent University has developed a reputation as one of the UK’s leading modern higher education institutions. This is based on its comprehensive and innovative academic offering, its relevant research excellence, and its deep-rooted links with business, industry, and civic institutions. Following the launch of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, the University continues to innovate and invest in its engagement with employers and economic partners.

As part of this, the Employer and Economic Engagement (EEE) directorate was formed following the appointment of the Pro Vice Chancellor EEE in late February 2016. A new strategy for external engagement has been developed, which prioritises building strategic multifaceted relationships, Compacts, with organisations that can benefit from a broad engagement with the university. To support this aim the EEE Directorate is establishing a new Compacts and Commercial Services team to drive forward strategic partnering in a number of priority sectors. 

The Compact Managers will lead the University’s external engagement activity in their designated sector, bringing a high level of sector expertise and knowledge. They will advise on sectoral policy and engagement practices, establish sectoral intelligence, identify target organisations and maximise the levels of investment in the University that develop from these relationships.

The successful candidate will have expert sectoral knowledge, including a strong understanding of sector trends and needs that characterise opportunities for university collaborations. The postholder will be an effective networker, able to represent and promote the University and its offer to senior representatives of potential sector partners. They will have a track record of initiating, facilitating and maintaining mutually beneficial, profitable commercial partnerships and be familiar with the commercialisation of University knowledge-based activities.

Compact Manager roles are available to cover the following sectors:

  • Cultural, Creative and Digital
  • Energy, Low Carbon and Sustainable Futures
  • LifeScience, Health and Wellbeing
  • Materials and Engineering
  • Professional and Public Services

A further role is also available dedicated to supporting the local National Health Service partners and their linkages with the University.

If you have any specific queries in relation to this position, Emma Henry, Personal Assistant, on 0115 8486531 or via email

Interviews: week commencing 21 November 2016

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