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Enterprise Manager

University of the West of Scotland – Business Innovation

Paisley campus

Full time: 35 hours per week

You will join a dedicated team who strive to continuously inspire our students and wider University community – and, through modern teaching and impactful research, continue to deliver innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

UWS has been growing its Staff and Student Innovation since 2018 when we launched our first high growth spin out company (Novosound Ltd). The driver behind this work is both research impact (spin outs) and student success (startups and skill sets). This role, reporting to the Head of Business Innovation, will lead a team to significantly grow participation in our extra-curricular enterprise programmes and ensure that we meet our ambitious targets for the number of start ups and spin outs launched from the University. They will do this by providing entrepreneurship support across the University and deliver internally and externally funded entrepreneurial programmes to develop and promote an entrepreneurial culture and support stakeholders to develop enterprise opportunities and to facilitate the successful delivery of the University’s entrepreneurial strategies, targets and activity.

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • Qualification in a business related discipline.
  • Recognised and established track record of Intellectual Property management and exploitation
  • Experience of supporting each stage of the business-creation process in an industry and academic environment.
  • 5+ years’ proven track record, working within business advice in an enterprise context
  • Appropriate evidence of impact-driven enterprise skills development activity
  • Highly developed communication and negotiation skills, both written and oral. A confident and outgoing self starter, who can communicate vision that can be shared and delivered by colleagues.
  • Commitment to delivering high quality enterprise programmes and outstanding staff and student experience.
  • Extensive skills in social media platforms, MS 365, Power BI, and experience and competency in the use of large language models e.g. ChatGPT

About us

University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses.

With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others.

UWS is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 200 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2023 Young University Rankings).

Our professional services teams are the backbone of UWS, providing robust and innovative solutions to support the vast range of work across learning and teaching, and research and innovation. You will join a supportive and dedicated team, playing a key role in a range of work that will help drive forward our ambition to deliver world-leading research, and graduates who will design, shape and build a new future.

We offer our staff a caring and supportive environment, across five campuses, and a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • 24 days of annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays
  • An additional days leave on your birthday
  • Defined benefit contribution pension scheme (currently 19.3%), including death in service benefits upon joining the scheme.
  • A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance
  • Employee discount scheme across 3,500 retailers
  • Fitness facilities across our campuses
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing resources, including occupational health, physiotherapy and access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Professional, career and research development opportunities.

Interview date: TBC

The University reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of suitable applications are received. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, an early application would be encouraged.

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.