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Commercialisation Manager

Research and Enterprise
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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40,322 - 49,553 a year
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The Research and Enterprise Directorate is the University department responsible for central management of the University’s activities and strategy in research and knowledge exchange, and for providing comprehensive support to academic departments in their research and impact activities. Its primary purpose is to mobilise the University’s research and knowledge base in pursuit of excellence and financial sustainability, and to ensure that its research skills, knowledge and know-how benefit external users. In an environment of high competition for research funding and rapid change in funder expectations of Higher Education institutions, the Directorate leads operational change management in order to ensure that York remains competitive and successful in research and knowledge transfer.  The Directorate works closely with the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement, the University Research Champions and the Associate Deans for Research.


Reporting to the Head of Commercialisation, the purpose of the Commercialisation Executive role is to identify and work in partnership with academic staff and R&E colleagues to drive commercial outcomes from opportunities arising from the research of Academic Departments at York.

Outcomes will include spin-out company formations, commercial licence deals, commercial service provision, externally-funded projects such as translational awards (which advance opportunities towards commercialisation), and on occasion, collaborative awards with industry such as those offered by Innovate UK.

Success in the role will make a significant contribution to the impact of the research from the Departments involved.

We are seeking someone with experience of research commercialisation or technology transfer in a research environment and who has supported the development of spin outs and secured licencing agreements.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • At least a Bachelor Degree, or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience of technology commercialisation processes and the development of ideas into products and services from a research environment
  • Experience in managing and exploiting IP
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication

Interview date: 16 October 2020

For informal enquiries: please contact James Kitson, Head of Commercialisation on or 01904 326564 or Amanda Selvaratnam, Associate Director of Research and Enterprise and Head of Enterprise Services 01904 325142 or email

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