Innovation Manager (Maternity Cover): The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation, is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology. We’re proud to enable UK researchers to investigate the world we live in and understand the building blocks of the universe.

STFC’s Business and Innovation Directorate (BID) apply knowledge from STFC’s facilities, research and technology programmes to the wider economy, delivering UK economic growth through spin-out companies, inward investment and collaborative industrial R&D.

About the Role:

We now have an excellent opportunity for a talented Innovation Manager, responsible for delivering the commercialisation of scientific and engineering breakthroughs from the laboratories at STFC. You will have an enthusiasm for research and innovation, ability to make things happen and take the lead in finding and shaping commercialisation deals.

You will be accountable for the management of a portfolio of projects with a focus across both physical and life sciences. You will drive each part of the commercialisation process from identification of opportunities through to licence or spin-out. You will be required to seek out new ideas and technologies from within STFC, carry out market research and commercial assessments, secure development funding, protect intellectual property, develop and execute business plans for technology exploitation and manage licence obligations.

You will need to build good relationships across STFC, academia, industry and financiers, and be able to negotiate licence deals and secure investment.

You will play a key part in delivering STFC’s innovation and impact agenda and will work as part of our well-established Innovation Team.

About You:

We are looking for you to have enthusiasm for commercialisation and a passion for business. You will need to demonstrate commercial aptitude, integrity, vision, versatility, creativity and perseverance. 

A degree in a relevant STEM field or a strong technical background is essential to this role. Your technical background will ensure you can work effectively with colleagues from a wide range of scientific disciplines. Qualifications in business or marketing are advantageous.

You should have experience in taking technology innovation to market in a commercial or research environment. You should display an understanding of early stage technology commercialisation, with involvement in producing business plans for early stage technology opportunities or involvement in securing licensing deals. You will understand intellectual property rights and proven skills in managing multiple projects.

You will show excellent communication skills, the capability to build and sustain strategic relationships and the ability to grow your network within and outside of the organisation.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Closing date: 
Sunday, September 22, 2019