Impact and Engagement Officer (Life Sciences): Swansea University

The role will require a peripatetic approach to create a service that is: 

  1. Visible, customer centric and personalised;
  2.  Aware of local service needs and strategy for Colleges, hubs and other Professional Service Units

The central team, under the leadership of the Professional Service Manager, will be expected to allocate time to working across Colleges and University Departments as required.

To strengthen and manage the University’s external collaborations, (with a focus on life sciences), with industry and the public sector, building major strategic partnerships to drive research development. The post holder will be engaged in supporting academics to maximise their REF impact case studies and to develop external partnerships with businesses, sponsors and external grant funding bodies to create and enable the successful delivery of the University’s endeavours to deliver significant social and economic impact from a regional and global perspective.

Externally, the role of the Impact and Engagement Officer is to understand the market drivers, to seek and develop strategic partnerships, and to help manage and maintain the University’s relationship with strategic stakeholders. Many of these stakeholders will represent multinational corporations, collaborating on activities worth several £m. Internally, the role holder is to work with University Departments and individual academics to promote and facilitate the development of these collaborations.

Essential Criteria:


  • Demonstrable evidence of taking pride in delivering professional services and solutions
  • Ability to work together in an environment of equality, trust and respect to deliver services that strive to exceed the needs and expectations of customers
  • Demonstrable evidence of providing a caring approach to all of your customers ensuring a personalised and positive experience


  • A degree, preferably at post-graduate level, or significant and relevant work experience in the life science sector.


  • A deep understanding of the Science & Innovation / STEM sector, with a focus on the life sciences.
  • Significant knowledge of industry and public sectors, (preferably gained from employment in research in industry or the public, private or voluntary sectors)..
  • Extensive commercial understanding and appreciation of the drivers, constraints and working practices of organisations in the life sciences sectors.
  • Experience of working on the development of national and international grant applications, with some knowledge of external funding from UKRI and HEFCW.
  • A strategic and analytical approach to assess areas of academic research strength, identify competitive advantage and develop propositions that are commercially attractive;

Knowledge and Skills

  •  Excellent writing skills, including experience in report writing and grant applications.
  • A broad and enquiring interest in, and an appreciation of the nature of academic research in the Life Sciences.
  • Excellent planning, prioritisation and organisational skills, with the ability to deal with conflicting demands across multiple projects and partnerships.
  • An ability to work autonomously and provide input at senior management level.
  • Extensive knowledge of public and private sector stakeholders and funding agendas.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Projects) and contact management databases and reporting tools.

Informal enquiries: Informal enquiries should be directed to Chris Talbot , Programme Manager at 

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, sex (gender), sexual orientation.

Closing date: 
Sunday, January 12, 2020
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