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Head of Knowledge Exchange

Edinburgh Napier University

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £64,603 to £73,630 Grade 8
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th February 2020
Closes: 23rd February 2020
Job Ref: 0000009921

Full Time, Permanent, Grade 8

We have an exciting opportunity to lead our Knowledge Exchange team. We are looking for someone to deliver a compelling vision, strategy and plan of delivery for Knowledge Exchange across the University. Working over the areas of Commercialisation, Intellectual Property, Continuous Professional Development and Enterprise, this role will develop a commercial strategy and associated financial and operational plans.

With over 19,500 students and 1,500 staff, Edinburgh Napier University is a leading, modern university with a reputation and impact that stretches far beyond our shores. We are an inclusive University with strong links to industry and are clear that it is our 'applied' focus that sets us apart. Our strategy is set around four key pillars of growing our academic reputation; delivering an excellent personalised student experience; internationalising our work; and build innovation, enterprise and citizenship. 

The Role

The Head of Knowledge Exchange will provide strategic leadership in the growth and development of Knowledge Exchange, including Commercialisation, Intellectual Property (IP), Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and Enterprise. 

The Head of Knowledge Exchange will develop, maintain and expand working relationships with external partners as well as identify commercial opportunities for growth and income. Representing the University with external bodies and boards, this role will provide outstanding leadership in industry and business engagements.  As the University places high importance on building and maintaining collaborative and enterprising links with industry and practice, the Head of Knowledge Exchange will have responsibility for encouraging academic staff to have broad networks and utilise these to drive innovation.

This role will play a key role in ensuring the University achieves its strategy for 2020 and beyond. The University is currently in the process of finalising the development of the new strategy, and it is clear that it will seek to build on the Strategy 2020 journey and remain true to our essence as an applied, relevant, inclusive and international University.    

Although travel to all campus sites as required is necessary, the role holder will be based in our Merchiston campus within a beautiful, quaint and historic location. The role holder will join Knowledge Exchange team who forms part of the Research and Innovation team

What we are looking for

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Significant experience to think and plan strategically, articulate priorities and lead in planning and delivering commercialisation and business engagement
  • Extensive knowledge of Government policies and priorities in relation to University business engagement extensive knowledge of UK industrial strategy
  • Has the ability to network on behalf of the university commercialisation business engagement in multiple business sector with relevant external agencies
  • Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Extensive academic and/or professional background in knowledge exchange and strong interpersonal skills.

Benefits We Offer

In return, we offer a great working environment where we support ambition, recognise achievement and offer an attractive benefits package. This includes a minimum of 36 days annual leave (includes bank holidays), flexible working, a generous pension scheme, professional development opportunities and a wide range of other staff discounts.

Salary: Grade 8, £64,603 - £73,630

Closing date: 23rd February

Interviews are expected to be held: 3rd of March

Please note the successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK by the start of their employment. We are unable to sponsor any candidate for this role.

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