Impact, Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange Manager: The Open University

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The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

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The role

We are seeking a proactive and enthusiastic individual to join our team supporting the growth and development of research enterprise, knowledge exchange and impact activities, feeding into University and external assessment exercises. This busy, deadline-driven role works as part of a team to provide support in the Faculty with a focus on:

supporting the preparation of high-quality applications and tenders for external funding.

supporting academics to maximise impact, enterprise and knowledge exchange opportunities in relation to their research.

supporting external engagement with non-HEI partners in the public, private and third sector


Skills and experience

 You will hold a relevant degree, or equivalent background education, or significant work experience at a comparable level. You will have a good understanding of the UK Higher Education sector in relation to research along with experience in a grant writing/administration environment, good numeracy skills and the ability to plan and manage budgets and cost projects/activities.

You will have strong written and oral communication skills adaptable for a range of internal and external stakeholders and be able to work effectively within a team. You will have with experience of collaborative working across organisational boundaries and with non-academic partners in business and/or third sector organisations.

The full summary of duties and person specification can be found within the Job Description.

To discuss the role in more detail or to arrange a phone call please contact Kirsty Ternent - Senior Manager (Research and Enterprise), FASS: email –


What you get in return

We offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term.  Benefits include 33 days holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and an attractive pension proposition. 

This is a full-time post, but applications for job-share working will be considered.

Closing date: noon on Thursday 28th May 2020

Interview date: To be confirmed


How to apply

All applications will now be completed online and there will be no need for you to complete an additional hard copy of the application for employment form.

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub by telephone on 01908 655544 or by emailing quoting the vacancy reference 17296.

To apply for this role please submit


Personal statement, - no more than 2 sides of A4, providing examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To ensure your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name: 17296, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.

Please submit an electronic application according to the above instructions by clicking on “Apply Now” below:


Apply Now

If you have any questions or for detailed information about how to apply go to ; email: or telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the reference 17296.

Once you have submitted your application, we will be in touch within two weeks after the closing date.

We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength. Applications from candidates with protected characteristics are welcomed. Where you start in life doesn’t dictate where you go.


Closing date: 
Thursday, May 28, 2020
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