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Commercial Services Officer

University of Salford - Research and Knowledge Exchange

Location: Salford
Salary: £31,396 to £36,023 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 29th February 2024
Closes: 24th March 2024
Job Ref: 2315

The University of Salford is now looking for a new Commercial Services Officer!

Reporting to the Commercial Services and CRM Manager, the role will support and develop the operational aspects of commercial services delivery. You will work closely with professional services and academic colleagues to coordinate and manage the activities which take opportunities through the due diligence, scoping, costing and contracting process, to the point of commercial delivery.

You will become the “go to” individual in the organisation within your area, providing expert external client support and internal advice and guidance.  You will take a hands on, pivotal role in the delivery of internal processes and policies and the guardian of institutional policy and processes in practice.

The ideal candidate will have experience in contract law and drafting/negotiating contracts.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide specialist knowledge and support services for commercial activities and services, becoming the go to individual on how, when, where and who. Acting to facilitate, guide and support internal colleagues undertaking complex commercial work through the University's professional support policies and processes.
  • Ensure robustness and diligence in the performance of contracts and the implementation of commercial processes and policies, advising on new business opportunities and activity, guiding staff through the approvals processes.
  • Manage the horizon scanning process for commercial tender and grant opportunities, applying your knowledge of areas of expertise and research to triage incoming alerts, and taking appropriate opportunities into the Schools through an agreed engagement framework.
  • Manage the partnership due diligence process,
  • Analyse competitor and external pricing and overall competitiveness of the commercial offer, lead on the cost negotiation with the clients and lead academic and research colleagues through the commercial processes of the University

A bit about Research and Knowledge Exchange…

Our Research and Knowledge Exchange team provide support for our colleagues in pursuit of research and enterprise activity, growth in research and enterprise income, and performance in the REF and KEF. Our delivery supports our ambitions to grow industry engagement and income, enhance the student experience, develop world class research, produce real-world impact, and develop a vibrant community of high-quality researchers and enterprising staff. The team work to support the development of a pervasive research and enterprise culture, through an environment of continuous improvement and excellent customer service, enhancing our industry collaboration activities and driving enterprise, research and growth.

What’s in it for you?

Competitive salary - and excellent pension scheme

Generous annual leave - plus the option to buy additional days.

Flexible working - we support a culture of flexible and hybrid working, subject to business requirements.

Professional development - a comprehensive package of training and development opportunities to help you achieve your full potential.

Our community – there’s a real sense of belonging here at Salford. We value diversity — in backgrounds and in experiences. Our difference makes us stronger, and together we share a passion for improving students’ lives.

The perks! MySalford, our online employee portal, offers a wide range of lifestyle benefits and discounts.

Wellbeing – your wellbeing is our priority. We have a wide range of dedicated services and facilities to support your mental and physical health.

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