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Commercialisation Executive

Research and Enterprise
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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33,309 - 40,927 a year
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Role Description


Research & Enterprise (R&E) is the Professional Services Directorate responsible for developing and supporting all the University of York’s strategies for research and knowledge exchange, and for providing comprehensive support to York’s academic Departments in their research and impact activities. 


As a new role in the directorate, you will proactively identify, assess and evaluate new commercialisation opportunities emerging from the research undertaken in the Faculty of Science in line with stages 1-4 of our commercialisation Stage Gate process: Successful opportunities will then be passed to Commercialisation Managers within the team to develop either licence or new spin-out company opportunities. The right candidate may be asked to support some of this activity in line with work demand and personal development requirements.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • You will be educated to degree level or equivalent, or have equivalent experience. Ideally these qualifications and/or experience will have been gained in a science discipline.
  • You will have an understanding of commercialisation processes and the development of ideas into products and services.
  • Knowledge of how intellectual property is protected and managed.
  • Have an ability to identify, negotiate and nurture new opportunities.
  • You will be able to demonstrate experience of managing complex projects; building strong relationships with business support networks; effective client management and relationship building.
  • You will have outstanding verbal and written communication skills; be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders; and be able to formally present to business audiences at network meetings and events.
  • Have good time management and organisational skills: be able to define priorities and work flexibly and effectively under pressure to meet demanding (and sometimes conflicting) deadlines, within set time / financial constraints.

Interview date: 10th November 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact James Kitson via

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We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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