Director of Research and Enterprise: University of Essex

At Essex, we believe that impatience is a virtue.  Our researchers are people who challenge conventional wisdom and this is one of the reasons why we are amongst the UK's leading research-intensive universities.

REF 2014 confirmed our track record of research excellence, with Essex ranked in the top 20 UK universities and in the top four for social science research.  Our Politics research has been rated first in the UK since rankings began in 1986.

To build on our long record of research excellence and success, the Director of our Research and Enterprise Office (REO) will need to be as ambitious as our researchers.  The goals in our research strategy are bold and their delivery requires innovation, creativity and tenacity from our academic and professional teams.  So we are seeking a new Director with the vision, understanding and leadership skills to unlock new potential within the University, to build constructive and mutually beneficial relationships with new collaborators and new funders, to realise the potential for the University of a science and research park that is an integral part of the our main campus and to lead our professional team of research and knowledge exchange staff in making their distinctive, and equally important, contribution to our success. 

The Role:

The Director of Research and Enterprise is a key member of the senior management of the University, reporting to the Registrar & Secretary. You will head up a large team, with significant budgetary responsibilities, and play a crucial role in the delivery of the University's Research Strategy and its associated Action Plan.

Your team in the Research and Enterprise Office will be responsible for providing dynamic professional leadership of all activities in the areas of research planning and governance, pre- and post-award management, knowledge exchange and business engagement. The team already leads the delivery of circa GBP 10 million of projects in support of our innovation, enterprise, international and impact agendas.  

The Candidate:

As Director of Research and Enterprise you will have substantial senior management experience within a complex, knowledge intensive organisation; demonstrable experience of strategic and financial planning; and previous experience of managing a portfolio of cross-institutional project and/ or of commercial projects.

It is imperative that you can demonstrate a successful record of partnership working, including bringing an established network of external partners, along with the ability to lead change at a senior level and to bring high-level negotiating and influencing skills to the team.

You will need to bring your own innovation and creativity to this role, inspiring these characteristics in others, so together we can develop fresh approaches to achieve the objectives we have set for ourselves.

If this sounds like you, we hope you'll want to pursue your interest in this exciting role.

Further information about the role and the School can be found here.

At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.

Please see the further detail link below for a full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application.  Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please telephone the Resourcing Team (01206 876559).

Closing date: 
Monday, October 7, 2019
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