- Job Title
- QI Innovation Manager
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 30 Sep 2021
- Starting Salary
- £41,193 - £50,448
- Hours per week
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 01 Nov 2021
- Months Duration
Main Purpose of the Job
QI is a strategic partnership between QIB, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, the University of East Anglia and BBSRC. QI seeks to conduct world-class bioscience on the impact of food on health and disease, with an emphasis on diet-and age-associated diseases. All QI partners have a vested interest in enhancing the generation of clinically-relevant impact from research. To drive this impact QI has developed an innovation management framework (QIIF) to foster new collaborations across QI and with industry and other external stakeholders.
The QI Innovation Manager (IM) will lead on the activities of the QIIF. Operating from the QIB Business Development team, the IM will be a first point of contact and liaison between QI stakeholders for the development of new QI research and clinical innovations. Operational tasks will include developing a fully-integrated process for connecting individuals internally and engaging with external organisations to seek out, define and deliver funding opportunities for QI researchers and clinicians, and drive the commercialisation of new innovations to deliver long-term patient and societal impact.
Report to the QIB Head of Business Development (BD), Work with the BD team, Scientists, Managers and Administrative staff of all levels across QI partner organisations including with the NNUH Clinical Research Facility and Biorepository, and the Norwich Institute of Healthy Ageing. Also liaise regularly with investors, academics, networks, companies and government agencies.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- Supporting researchers and clinicians to develop and build relationships with industry, public sector, business intermediaries and funding organisations. Support QI research commercialisation and translational research.
- Bringing in appropriate industry resources, technologies or skills, working with business and industry partners to establish pathways for strategic alliance to develop opportunities.
- Promoting cross-organisational linking of project leaders with complementary skills, establishing new project teams. Working with project teams to secure funding for idea development; evaluating new ideas and establishing development plans.
- Guiding and supporting project leaders through the challenges of planning for regulatory and compliance hurdles. Assisting with business planning, investment pitching, building relationships with funders/investors.
- Working closely with the main QI representatives of the QI partner organisations including the Clinical Research Facility and Biorepository.
- Integrating with QIB, UEA and NNUH innovation offices to provide efficient administrative assistance for QI innovation and IP management and legal/contractual matters.
- Helping increase the profile of the QI by contributing to industry marketing, attending national and international business conferences, networking events, business breakfast and relevant events.
- Supporting the submission of translation funding applications, business plans and, where appropriate, support/be directly involved in management and delivery of funded QI projects.
- As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role
Education & Qualifications
- Post graduate level qualification in a relevant scientific discipline (molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, food safety science, microbiology, metagenomics, sequencing)
- Management or professional qualification
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Demonstrable ability to co-ordinate a range of different stakeholders and complex relationships
- Knowledge of intellectual property in a research environment
- Knowledge and understanding of the development and commercialisation of research and/or clinical innovations
- Knowledge and application of project management skills within the context of partnership development
- Demonstable ability to develop, maintain and influence external networks
- Established professional network in at least one of the following sectors: clinical development/pharmaceutical/biotech/agrifood
- Knowledge of the regulatory environment for clinical and health-related innovations
- Knowledge and experience of research methodology including clinical trials, and experience of undertaking NHS research
- Substantial recent experience of working in a similar or transferable role
- Experience in developing collaborations and/or consortia between research, clinical and/or industry partners
- Experience of research commercialisation, licencing, market research and market analysis
- Demonstrable experience in landscaping, road mapping or horizon scanning
- Demonstrable experience of developing/writing successful business plans/ funding applications
- Demonstrable experience in marketing and/or branding activities
- Experience in or with the pharmaceutical sector
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Excellent written, presentation and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate complex subjects clearly and to a variety of levels and to different audiences
- Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team
- Good negotiation skills
- Attention to detail
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Willingness to travel both within the UK and Overseas
- Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at QI ensuring it is a great place to work
- Able to present a positive image of self and QI, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of QI
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living in Norfolk
QI Innovation Manager
Applications are invited for a QI Innovation Manager to join the Business Development and Commercialisation team at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.
The Quadram Institute (QI) is a strategic partnership between Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, the University of East Anglia and BBSRC. QI seeks to conduct world-class bioscience on the impact of food on health and disease, with an emphasis on diet- and age-associated diseases. A new role of QI Innovation Manager will work across the QI partner organisations to manage the development of new scientific and clinical innovations arising from QI research.
All QI partners have a vested interest in enhancing the generation of clinically-relevant impact from research. To drive this impact, QI has developed an innovation management framework to foster new research activities and collaborations, both within QI and between QI and industry and other external stakeholders. Operating from within the QIB Business Development and Commercialisation team, the QI Innovation Manager will manage new QI research and clinical innovations and support researchers and clinicians in building relationships with industry, public sector, business intermediaries and funding organisations.
The ideal candidate:
The ideal candidate will have substantial knowledge and experience of working in a relevant life science or clinical environment in a translational, business development or research commercialisation role. Previous experience of working with business and industry partners to commercialise research and/or establish pathways for strategic alliance to develop opportunities would be an advantage. The post-holder should have strong stakeholder management skills and have the ability to operate across different organisations - experience of operating within a clinical or healthcare setting would be of particular relevance. Other relevant experience and skills would include fundraising, clinical regulatory affairs, business planning, project management and intellectual property management.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £41,193 to £50,448 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time post offered on an indefinite 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 30 September.
The Quadram Institute Bioscience is a registered charity (No. 1058499) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.