Chief Executive


£ excellent package | Manchester

UMI3 is a well-established, successful and highly ambitious innovation company. Wholly owned by the University of Manchester, it aims to be the most effective university channel for unleashing the world’s most valuable ideas. The University and the Board of UMI3 aspire for it to generate unicorns, deliver significantly increased IP and licensing income, and spin out a high number of viable companies in the coming period.

UMI3 attracts entrepreneurs, investors and corporate venture partners onto campus, and turns the brilliant ideas generated by the University’s researchers into real-world commercial applications. Since 2004, these commercialisation activities have contributed some £680 million to the UK economy through 300+ licences and 40 spin-outs.

The current Chief Executive, Clive Rowland, will stand down at the beginning of 2019. UMI3 is seeking an outstanding individual to build on his strong track record of success and achieve the goal of making UMI3 the world’s leading university IP commercialisation centre.

The successful candidate will be well connected across industry and academia, with an instinctive understanding of the opportunities afforded through university / industry collaboration. S/he will bring significant knowledge of IP, licensing, contracting, and company formation, start-up and exit, together with demonstrable success in managing commercial ventures, and have the capability to develop an in-house fund management team.

Applications are invited at your earliest convenience, and in any event by no later than Friday 12 October 2018.

For further information and the candidate brief, please see