Executive Director - Business and Innovation

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Recruiter
Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Location
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire
Salary
Up to £100k for the right candidate
Posted
25 Jun 2018
Closes
22 Jul 2018
Position/Level
Director
Sector
Technology
Contract Type
Permanent
Language
English

Executive Director, Business and Innovation

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary Up to £100k for the right candidate

Full time/flexible hours considered

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) combines world-class facilities including the ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source and the Vulcan Petawatt Laser, with support for major high-profile international science activities, such as the UK’s participation in CERN and the Diamond Light Source. We also operate important technology centres including the Hartree Centre, RAL Space and the National Satellite Test Facility, run by some of the world’s most talented staff, operating at the frontiers of advanced science and technology. 

With sites including the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) at the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire, the Daresbury Laboratory at the Sci-Tech Daresbury Campus in Cheshire and the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, which are developing communities of innovative businesses working within the research programmes, we’re positioned to deliver advance scientific understanding and generate a remarkable variety of real-world benefits which shape societies and transform lives.

STFC’s Business and Innovation Directorate (BID) connects STFC’s facilities, research and technology programmes to business and the wider economy, delivering UK economic growth through spin-out companies, growing the research and innovation campuses, attracting inward investment and collaborative industrial R&D.

STFC is one of nine partner organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

About The Role

We now have an excellent opportunity for an exceptionally skilled and experienced director to provide visible and inspiring leadership of BID across four STFC sites.

You will be responsible for delivering a coordinated and embedded business and innovation strategy for STFC, as well as sharing corporate accountability for the delivery of our Vision, Strategy and Delivery Plan as a member of the Executive Board; overseeing development of future corporate strategy, policy and plans to optimise delivery of STFC’s objectives, ensuring effective corporate governance, meeting our statutory obligations, and continuously improving STFC’s overall performance.

You will also have specific responsibility for the provision of high calibre professional services to STFC departments to develop and exploit commercial relationships and business opportunities, and to support collaborative ventures and programmes in order to increase innovation outcomes and secure external income. 

Further responsibilities will include:

Directorate Responsibilities 

  • Management of STFC’s intellectual property and of its knowledge exchange
  • Development, Oversight and implementation of the Campus Strategy
  • Development and exploitation of Campus Centres, such as the new National Satellite Test Facility, the Rosalind Franklin Institute initiative, and other campus initiatives
  • Oversight of STFC Innovations Ltd. and of STFC spin-outs
  • Ensuring that all objectives and outputs of BID make a tangible contribution to the six strategic themes that underpin our activity
  • Strengthening strategic business and stakeholder relationships, especially those with business and investment communities, with UKAEA, with our joint venture partners at Harwell and Daresbury, with the local authorities at both sites, with Innovate UK, with the Satellite Applications Catapult, the European Space Agency, and with our strategic partner universities, to achieve positive outcomes for STFC and the success of the discipline-related ‘clusters’ of activity on the campuses
  • Providing expert leadership of the staff of BID, including direct line management of senior staff
  • Applying sound financial, safety and risk management of the Directorate
  • Working closely with the STFC National Laboratories to increase collaborative working between academic partners at the laboratories and the involvement of Directorate staff in the development and exploitation of the Centres and Campuses and other new initiatives
  • Working closely with the STFC Programmes Directorate to maximise successful implementation and continuous improvement of thematic programmes
  • Contribute actively to the leadership of innovation within UK Research and Innovation.

Corporate Responsibilities

  • Working in close collaboration with other Executive Directors to provide strategic support to drive our people performance and continuously improve infrastructure standards to achieve our objectives and transformation agenda
  • Acting as STFC’s strategic advisor on areas within the business, innovation and campuses portfolio
  • Demonstrating and modelling personal commitment to STFC’s vision, values and strategic objectives, promoting STFC’s achievements at every opportunity
  • Championing equality and diversity principles, ensuing that they are integrated into all aspects of our business
  • Working with the Executive Director for Strategy Performance and Communications, to strengthen strategic relationships including those with the campus stakeholders and key business partners

About You

You will be educated to degree level in a STEM or Business discipline, or demonstrate significant equivalent experience, with a post graduate qualification desirable.

You will be a highly experienced business professional with significant experience at director level in a technical research environment, as well as experience of working across both the public and private sector.

You will display excellent commercial, financial and business skills, and a demonstrated ability to lead the advancement of STFC’s innovation and business development activity.

You will demonstrate knowledge of the science and technology across STFC to enable its exploitation and effective communication internally and externally. You will have specific knowledge in areas such as spin-out companies, patents, early stage technology development, intellectual property and business incubation.

You will demonstrate strategic vision with experience of making substantial contributions to corporate plans.

You will display exceptional leadership, communication, interpersonal, relationship building, customer relations and influencing skill, including an advanced ability to positively influence stakeholders and collaborators and to attract external business and investment.

Benefits

STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme and social and sporting activities and societies. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

To Apply

Please email Matt Jones, STFC Recruitment Manager, by clicking 'Apply' button. Applicants who are unable to apply by email should contact us by telephone.

Please include a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

The closing date for applications is 22nd July 2018 with interviews scheduled for 5th September 2018.

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