Director of Projects - Life Sciences: University of Manchester Innovation Factory

The University of Manchester Innovation Factory (“UoMIF”) is the University of Manchester’s subsidiary responsible for identifying and leading the commercialisation of its innovations and intellectual property.


The University of Manchester is committed to generating world-class innovation that will create major social and economic benefit across the globe. The UoMIF works with academic inventors from the University to identify opportunities that have the potential to create social and economic impact. It then translates these into a form where they can be used by industry and society as a whole.

Access to innovations may be created via technology licensing or the formation of spin-out companies.

The UoMIF aims to provide a world-class service to academic colleagues and to attract and engage with important external stakeholders including: industry; entrepreneurs; licensors and investors; and corporate venture partners.


As part of our objective to become the world’s most effective University Technology Transfer organisation, we are looking to appoint an experienced Life Sciences business builder to lead our Life Sciences commercialisation team.


Are you an experienced and entrepreneurial Life Science professional with a passion for innovation?


We are searching for a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader who is a is a specialist in the field of Life Sciences. As Director of Projects you will lead a team in the identification and commercialisation of projects within the Life Science arena. This role will be responsible for creating and managing compelling business cases and plans for successful spin-out businesses or high value licensing opportunities and managing the output of a team working across several market specialisms.


Reporting to the Operations Director, the Director of Projects for Life Sciences will have ultimate responsibility for ensuring a steady flow of innovative science and engineering projects that will have the potential to generate significant mark impact. As part of the senior management team, this person must have the gravitas to lead and develop a team and interact with board members on a regular basis, as well as an exceptional technical understanding within a broad science and engineering environment.


They will be able to demonstrate strong commercial acumen and be able to collaborate effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.


  • A Higher degree in Life Sciences or a closely related subject is essential for this role.
  • Experience of leading a successful team would be highly beneficial.


This is an exciting time to join the UoMIF as we strive to become the number one University Technology Transfer organisation. As such, we are offering competitive salary and benefits as well as a genuine opportunity to develop your skills and career within a globally respected organisation.


To apply, or for more information regarding the role please contact

Closing date: 
Friday, December 4, 2020