Industry Partnership Manager: National Oceanography Centre

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Band 5 Full time Permanent

About the role:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is preparing to become an independent legal entity in 2019 – a Company Limited by Guarantee, with charitable status – subject to ministerial approval.

The role of Industry Partnership Manager is predominantly to support the development of strategic industry partnerships and technology transfer between NOC and business; developing collaborations in areas of many areas, including marine resources, oceanography and carbon storage.

You will be taking the lead on maximising income generation (in line with NOC Business Development Strategy), and diversification of the NOC income portfolio. The focus will be on:

  •  Generating collaborative opportunities with industry partners directly funded via e.g. Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Innovate UK, direct industry funding.
  •  Technology transfer via licensing/spinout activity
  •  Generating environmental consultancy services opportunities for academics.

The post holder will work as a service provider to our academics to support them in their interactions with industry, developing their ideas, technologies and inventions into research and technology transfer opportunities, and bringing new opportunities to them.

About you:

The successful candidate will have an undergraduate level (or equivalent) degree in a relevant subject area, such as a scientific or technological discipline. Although not essential, a higher level degree in science, technology or business would be an advantage.

The ideal candidate will:

  •  Have a knowledge of marine science / maritime
  •  Understand competitor analysis, market positioning and market segmentation
  •  Have an understanding of the academic environment, particularly university funding mechanisms and technology commercialisation
  •  Have significant project and relationship management experience
  •  Have an understanding of research and product innovation and technology transfer processes

You will be involved in communicating and building strong working relationships with funders, researchers, as well as the private sector. Having a can-do attitude, you will be expected to use insight and creativity to solve problems and work collaboratively with multiple partners in the UK and potentially globally to maximise the impact of the science that NOC delivers. Your key activities will be turning ideas into income streams and diversifying and growing NOC’s income in order to deliver science.

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world. With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.

NOC is part of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), which is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). For more information visit

What we can offer you:

At the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to flexible employment practices to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off. The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free car-parking. We support opportunities for further training and development.

For more information visit Working at NOC. Our commitment as an employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality.

How to apply:

To apply, please forward an up-to-date CV and cover letter to

Please quote reference number NOC10008 on all correspondence.

Closing date: 
Sunday, January 13, 2019
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