Business Start-Up Project Manager

Vacancy ID: 5306
Location: Leicester
Department: Research and Enterprise
Vacancy terms: Full time, Fixed term until 30/06/2023
Salary details: Grade 7, £35,326 to £40,927 per annum (pro rata)
Hours per week: 37.5
Advert closes midnight on: 30 May 2022

About the role

The Student and Graduate Enterprise Programme is a unique and exciting initiative at the University of Leicester which offers students from all disciplines and levels the opportunity to explore the potential of generating ideas, running their own business and developing practical business skills to enhance their employability and career prospects. 

This new role is a unique opportunity for you to lead and deliver start-up and enterprise activities and support pre-incubation for our student and graduates. You will play pivotal role in managing, optimising and communicating the enterprise development activities, together with supporting students/graduates to develop their business ideas and gain support through the ERDF funded programme. 

The Innovation Hub is celebrating its 5th Birthday and since then ERDF programme form part of our Research and Enterprise offer of support for innovation, research, development and commercialisation activities at the University of Leicester. The programmes are also supported through Santander Universities, start-up visa endorsement and dedicated hot-desking workspaces within the Leicester Innovation Hub, School of Business Brookfield campus and Space Park Leicester. An exciting programme is in place for pre-incubation support and there are plans progressing for a new enterprise curriculum and co-curriculum development, with the scope to further optimise the delivery of the programmes. 


About you

To succeed in this role, you will bring experience of project management and leadership to drive the delivery of a connected student and graduate entrepreneur community linking with enterprise and start-up networks. 

You will also be a strong relationship manager with relevant experience in creating new business and funding opportunities, and have experience of operations and implementation of strategy working together with stakeholders and partners. Including experience of business coaching, mentoring and delivery of start-up support programmes.


Additional information

This is a full-time, fixed-term role until 30 June 2023 with the potential for the role to be extended.

Informal enquiries regarding this opportunity are welcome, and should be made to Rajinder Bhuhi, Innovation Hub Manager and Head of Leicester Innovation Accelerator by email or call 0116 229 7697. 

We anticipate that interviews will take place during the week commencing 6th June 2022. 

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff. Located in the heart of the UK, you will have the opportunity to progress your career in a supportive and varied environment that values hard work and recognises individual achievement. 

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here. 

The University of Leicester has been changing the world, and changing people’s lives, for 100 years. When you join us, you’ll become part of a community of Citizens of Change, which includes not only our staff and our current students but also thousands of Leicester graduates around the world.

As a diverse and forward-thinking employer, we embed the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion into everything we do. That includes not just our core missions of teaching and research, but also our support for staff, students and our local community.

We’re committed to the wellbeing of all our staff and to the sustainability of our environment, on our campus and beyond. We offer a competitive salary package, excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance, along with opportunities to develop your career in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Closing date: 
Monday, May 30, 2022
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