Commercialisation Manager
Post Details
Job Title
Commercialisation Manager
Post Number
1004004
Closing Date
15 Mar 2021
Grade
SC5
Starting Salary
£41,000 - £47,000
Hours per week
37
Months Duration
Indefinite

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Manage the commercialisation of intellectual property (IP) of the Quadram Institute Bioscience, ensuring that the knowledge and IP created are developed and used to deliver tangible benefits for society.

Key Relationships

A key part of this role will be building highly effective and collaborative relationships with commercial industry partners and funding UK and overseas funding bodies. This can include LEP, Research Councils, Charities, VCs, Innovate UK, the EU and other overseas funders.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Assessment of research discoveries, analysis and evaluation. Advancement of those technologies through to market adoption via collaboration with industry, access to translational funds, licensing or spin out.
40
Promoting the Institute capabilities and licensing portfolio and securing collaborative research and commercialisation income.
30
Managing industry partnerships and key stakeholder relationships and facilitate visits to the QIB by investors, companies and Government agencies.
15
Liaise with colleagues in the Business Development Team and with Senior management at QIB to contribute to the development of good practice in the management and commercialisation of Institute IP.
10
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role
5

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Post graduate level qualification in a relevant scientific discipline (biology, chemistry, bio-technology, food science) or a graduate qualification and significant practical laboratory experience in a commercially focused R&D department
Essential
Formal project management qualification
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Good knowledge of Technology Transfer systems / processes
Essential
Practical knowledge of commercialisation and investment networks
Desirable
Knowledge of PatBase, MyIP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Desirable
Demonstrable project management skills, with the ability to co-ordinate a range of different stakeholders and complex relationships
Desirable
Good knowledge and practical experience of financial management (i.e. understanding profit, budgets)
Desirable
Experience of teaching aspects of technology transfer
Desirable
Ability to read and interpret legal contracts
Desirable
Knowledge and direct experience of the patent system, working with patent agents and recording information for management purposes
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Practical understanding of product innovation and technology commercialisation processes
Essential
Experience in working with researchers to find commercial routes to market for knowledge / IP and have successfully led the commercialisation / implementation of technology or IP
Essential
Extensive experience of initiating, planning and managing projects
Desirable
Experience of intellectual property issues in a research environment
Desirable
Experience of developing collaborations and carrying out negotiations
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent written, presentation and verbal skills with the ability to communicate complex subjects clearly and to a variety of levels, including board level in major commercial organisations
Essential
Outstanding interpersonal skills, with extensive evidence of developing highly effective collaborative working relationships
Essential
Excellent time management and organisational skills
Essential
Ability to follow instructions / Standard Operating Procedures
Essential
Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
Desirable
Developed persuasion and influencing skills, coupled with the ability to credibly represent QIB as a world class organisation
Desirable

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential
Requirement to travel extensively both within the UK and Overseas
Essential
Willingness to learn new IT programmes
Essential
Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours as required
Essential
Attention to detail
Essential

Who We Are

Quadram Institute Bioscience

The Quadram Institute is at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health, developing solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health.

We are engaged in fundamental and translational food and health research, alongside clinical studies, endoscopy and industry, working together to become a leading international hub for food and health research, combining scientific excellence and clinical expertise, delivering impacts on patient care and accelerating innovation.

The Quadram Institute is a diverse and multicultural scientific community. We thrive on our international and European links, appointing staff from across the world. Any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk.

For more information about working at Quadram Institute Bioscience, please click here.

Department

Business Development

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Commercialisation Manager

Applications are invited for a Commercialisation Manager to join the Business Development (BD) team at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.

The role:

The main purpose of this exciting role will be to manage research-derived IP, establish commercialisation strategies and support the development of an entrepreneurial culture within the Institute. The successful candidate will be a key member of the BD team, driving the commercialisation agenda of Quadram Institute Bioscience and ensuring the knowledge and IP created are used to deliver tangible benefits for society.

The ideal candidate:

This role provides an opportunity for a commercially focused individual with excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, to apply and develop their commercial collaboration skills in a unique national and international marketplace. Candidates should have a post graduate level qualification in a relevant scientific discipline, however applicants with significant laboratory experience in a commercially focused R&D department will also be considered.

Candidates must have experience in working with researchers to find commercial routes to market for technology / IP and have successfully led the commercialisation / implementation of technology or IP. Understanding product innovation and technology commercialisation processes is essential as is establishing collaborative research opportunities. Candidates must also be willing to travel extensively both within and outside of the UK.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £41,000 to £47,000 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post offered on a permanent basis.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sectors of society.  The Institute supports equality of opportunity within the workplace and expects all employees to share and display these values.  To support our commitment, we have a range of family, faith and diversity friendly working arrangements to help all staff achieve excellence in their area of work.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

About the Quadram Institute:

The Quadram Institute is a new interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to understanding how food and microbes interact to promote health and prevent disease. Its mission is to deliver healthier lives through innovation in gut health, microbiology and food. A partnership between Quadram Institute Bioscience, the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and BBSRC, it brings together scientists and clinicians in a state-of-the-art building on the Norwich Research Park. This is one of Europe’s largest centres of life sciences and home of the John Innes Centre and The Earlham Institute. (https://quadram.ac.uk/).

The closing date for applications will be 15 March 2021. 

The Quadram Institute Bioscience is a registered charity (No. 1058499) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer