Deputy Director of Commercialisation: UKRI

Deputy Director

UKRI – Swindon



Full Time/Part Time (minimum 0.8 FTE)

The role of Deputy Director, Commercialisation of Research is a unique opportunity to influence research policy and delivery on a national stage, within the UK’s largest public research funding organisation. It will sit under UK Research and Innovation  (UKRI) which is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.


As Deputy Director you will:

  • Work with the Director of Commercialisation of Research, and across UKRI to develop, champion and deliver its vision and approach for commercialisation
  • Provide leadership and management to the new cross-council commercialisation team to provide a central UKRI commercialisation function
  • Lead a range of initiatives and work-streams, which includes working across UKRI to ensure an accessible continuum of responsive funding for commercialisation
  • Work across UKRI, and with the UKRI community and partners to ensure that UKRI is working effectively within the broader research and innovation ecosystem and to create the best possibly commercialisation environment.

For the full list of responsibilities please follow the link below. If you have any questions about the role please contact Tony Soteriou, Director of Commercialisation ( who would be happy to discuss.


About you

You will have an understanding of research and commercialisation of research and of the cultures and environments that underpin successful commercialisation. You will also have understanding of collaborations between researchers and industry, and of successful commercialisation of research; and of the role of publicly-funded research and innovation in the UK.

Experience of managing budgets and the exercise of financial control as well as working as a member of a team at a high level in an organisation (or similar) would be helpful.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees. The rewards and benefit package provided includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance plus 10.5 days public holidays, Christmas shut down and a number of other benefits.


How to apply

Applicants are required to provide a CV and include a cover letter providing evidence of how they meet the criteria described.


Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services. To apply, and for further details on the role, please visit our job board at . Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.


The closing date for applications is the 27th June 2021


Closing date: 
Sunday, June 27, 2021
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