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University of Glasgow - Research & Innovation Services

Location: Glasgow
Salary: A small honorarium (£10k pa) plus related expenses will be paid to the successful candidate
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th September 2019
Closes: 18th October 2019
Job Ref: 029450

Job Purpose

Following the retirement of its founding Chair, CENSIS is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual to lead its governing Board. The Board is responsible for the maintenance and ongoing renewal of the Centre’s long term strategy, oversees the executive’s delivery of that strategy. monitors the Centre’s performance on behalf of its stakeholders and gives advice to the CEO and executive team.

In its first phase of operation CENSIS has established an international reputation for leading, accelerating and incubating industrial innovation in the technology and application of advanced sensors and imaging systems. In particular, it has developed unique strengths in facilitiating application and deployment of ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) technology which is expected to underpin the fourth industrial revolution.

CENSIS is an industry-facing organisation and as such is industry-led. Most members of the governing board are experienced industrialists and the new Chair is expected to have a successful private sector track record in a leadership position. She/he will be a prominent advocate for CENSIS in its support of advanced innovation, raising the profile of its brand and influencing both government and industry.

Applicants will have a track record of making an impact in boardroom environments. They will understand the roles of R&D, collaboration, innovation and commercialisation and will be highly skilled communicators, practiced in influencing at the highest levels.

CENSIS is administered by the University of Glasgow and the appointment process will be subject to the University’s policies and procedures, particularly in regard to equality, diversity and transparency. A small honorarium (£10k pa) plus related expenses will be paid to the successful candidate.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Lead the governing board, ensuring that it holds the executive team to account for the delivery of the Centre’s business plan, sustains a visionary strategy and develops creative initiatives to strengthen CENSIS’s reputation as a key member of Scotland’s innovation system. The Board normally meets four times per year with ad-hoc working groups tackling specific tasks in the interim.
  2. Give regular guidance and challenge in meetings with the Chief Executive to ensure that the strategy is delivered and the reputation continues to grow.
  3. Develop and maintain strong and effective relationships,with key stakeholders in government, funding agencies, industry and academia
  4. Ensure the effectiveness of the governing board and of its meetings. Refresh its membership as necessary with due regard to its breadth of expertise, the principles of good governance and best practice in equality and diversity.
  5. Promote CENSIS at key events, including the annual Technology Summit.
  6. Conduct the Chief Executive’s performance and development review.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Location: Scotland; no permanent location

Tenure: 3 years

Remuneration: £10,000 per annum

Time commitment: 2/3 days per month

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

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