Innovation Manager : The Science and Technology Facilities Council

Innovation Manager

Daresbury Laboratory

£38,318 - £54,308

Full time/Flexible hours considered

12 Months fixed term

Closing date for applications is 27 May 2019 


About Us:  

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. Through excellent facilities and people, we are driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology and delivering UK economic growth through spin-out companies, inward investment and collaborative industrial R&D. 

About the Role: 

As an Innovation Manager, you will work with the scientific and engineering staff in our high-performance computing facility, the Hartree Centre, to understand and identify commercial opportunities arising from their research activities in data analytics and artificial intelligence technologies. You will determine the value of the technology, understand the market demand for the product or service and secure people and funding to take the technology to market. 

Further responsibilities will include: 

  • launching and supporting spin-outs companies
  • negotiating and deal completion for commercial contracts
  • identifying companies interested in licencing assets
  • writing business cases for technology exploitation
  • presenting commercialisation options to determine the best way to exploit technology
  • providing market research to justify prioritisation and exploitation strategy
  • seeking funding, including writing proposals, to commercially de-risk technologies
  • understanding the technology developed by the Hartree Centre, and assessing for commercial potential
  • working closely with colleagues located across our UK offices and laboratories. 

You will be appointed at either Band E or Band F of UKRI’s grade system, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications. 

About You:

You’ll join us educated to degree level or with significant equivalent computer science related experience, coupled with an enthusiasm for commercialisation.  
The role would be suited to an experienced professional looking to work at the boundary between science and the commercial world, helping innovative technology get to the market place. 
You will have experience in an industrial or commercial environment or in a technology transfer role, with the ability to evaluate the commercial potential of technology opportunities. 
You will 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 also display knowledge of IPR, in particular, copyright, and software licensing. 
Your technical background will ensure you can work effectively with colleagues from a wide range of scientific disciplines. You will demonstrate exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, along with the personality and presence to influence and impress scientific and industrial partners.  


STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas closure and flexible working hours. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.  

To Apply:

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role alongside a CV. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. No Agencies. 
Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000 quoting the appropriate IRC reference.

Closing date: 
Monday, May 27, 2019