Location: Guildford

Salary: £40,792 to £48,677 per annum

Fixed Term

Post Type: Full Time

Advert Placed: Thursday 18 July 2019

Closing Date: Thursday 29 August 2019

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Reference: 046819-R-R


The University of Surrey is a global university with a world-class research profile and an enterprising spirit. Inventive and forward thinking, our heritage shows a recurring theme of going our own way, doing things differently. Surrey is proud to be The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide University of the Year 2016. 

The Partnerships Directorate is focussed on the growth of our industrial and business partnerships and our civic and regional links, as well as our international business engagement.

A vacancy has arisen for the post of China Partnerships Manager, developing the University’s key strategic relationships with industry and non-academic research institutes in China.

The postholder will lead on developing a portfolio of such relationships and act as the key account manager for those relationships deemed most strategic. The role will involve both strategic and tactical activity and seek both to build new relationships and consolidate existing relationships. The role will also involve creating and managing a portfolio of activity with key Chinese partners. A specific objective will be to increase income from collaborative research,  contract research and innovation activities.

Working within the Partnerships team, the post holder will work with senior colleagues within the wider University, including leading academics, to helpto develop the University’s engagement with industrial and public sector partners in areas aligned with the University’s research interests and strengths, with a focus on the Chinese sector. The purpose of the role is to build strong relationships and translate them into long-term mutually beneficial partnerships.

The successful candidate will be a strong communicator, relationship builder and will have experience of relationship management at executive board level.  The post-holder will have strong project and programme management skills, commercial acumen and experience of developing options and proposals for funding.

We are seeking to appoint a highly committed, self-motivated and organised individual who will demonstrate an ability to work pro-actively with a broad range of colleagues and a portfolio of external stakeholders.

In return we offer a generous annual leave allowance, defined pension scheme, exclusive discounted membership for the Surrey Sports Park, on-site childcare facilities, in addition to the opportunity to join one of the UK’s most innovative and industry-engaged universities..

Please note - appointment will be made within the indicated salary range dependent upon appropriate skills and experience.

For informal enquiries please contact Carol Snell at

Closing date: 
Thursday, August 29, 2019
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