Team Leader – New Projects

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  • Selecting new IP development projects
  • Commercial assessment
  • Championing academic entrepreneurship
  • Team leadership and management
  • Manchester
  • c£52K plus bonus scheme and benefits package

The University of Manchester I3 Ltd (UMI3) is a wholly-owned company of the University of Manchester and its agent for Intellectual Property (IP) management and commercialisation. UMIP is the division of UMI3 whose role is to commercialise intellectual property (IP), know-how and technology developed at the University. Since its inception in 2004, UMI3 has created 40 spin-out companies, managed over £300m of third party investment into the University’s spin-outs and brokered over 4,800 licences and assignments. UMI3 is widely recognised as being amongst the leading university technology transfer organisations in the UK.

Due to an internal transfer, a new senior role has been created within UMIP – that of Team Leader New Projects. This individual will be responsible for leading a team which identifies new IP projects arising from University research across all its faculties. Following assessment of their commercial potential these projects are then routed through UMIP’s development and commercialisation channels, ensuring that projects are able to draw efficiently on the Division’s resources to prime them for commercialisation and impact. The individual will be a positive ambassador for UMIP within the University and will proactively champion IP development, licensing, spin out company creation and entrepreneurship. The Team Leader will be a member of UMIPs Divisional Management Team (DMT) and have direct line management responsibility for 5 team members.

Candidates for this exciting role will have a strong and broad-based understanding of science, and be adept at placing new scientific concepts into commercial context. Experienced in assessing, managing and developing IP, they will be educated to at least degree level in a scientific subject and in addition will preferably hold a PhD and/or business qualification. Experienced in line management and a proven ability to build strong working relationships with academic, industry colleagues and partners will be key criteria for success. We are looking for an action orientated candidate who will lead this activity to the next level and provide a strong pipeline of high quality projects to feed our business development activities.

For such an individual, we offer a generous salary, bonus scheme and benefits package and the opportunity to join a dynamic, forward-thinking technology transfer company associated with one of the UK’s top research universities.

Written applications, enclosing CV, to Mary Williams. Email to (mary.williams@umip.com) or by post FAO Mary Williams, UMIP, The Incubator Building, 48 Grafton St, Manchester M13 9XX.

Candidates selected for interview will be notified by email. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified; should you not have received a response two weeks after the closing date for applications, we regret that your application will not have been successful.

Closing Date: 24th March 2017

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