IP & Commercialisation Manager - Birmingham City University

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an ambitious, entrepreneurial and commercially savvy individual to join one of the most forward thinking and progressive Universities in the country as it drives forward its programme of identifying, developing and enabling market and investment opportunities for its growing portfolio of intellectual property.

Birmingham City University is fast becoming the leading Midlands-based university for transforming the region and accelerating growth in the local economy. Combined with a growing national and international footprint and reputation, the University is an exciting and faced paced environment with an outward looking and entrepreneurial philosophy and an established and impressive record of external engagement and partnerships.

Our success comes through our commitment to building strong, strategic partnerships across private, public and third sectors, and by securing national and international funding for ground-breaking solutions to creative, health, environmental and business challenges. We drive innovation through interdisciplinary collaborations between industry specialists and our academic expertise, and continue to develop a graduate workforce with the entrepreneurial skills required to achieve success within local, national and global businesses and organisations.

Seen as an important appointment for continuing this success, we are seeking to appoint an IP & Commercialisation Manager to support the University in developing an awareness of Intellectual Property (IP) in terms of its commercial and market potential. Responsible for establishing and maintaining a flow of commercial opportunities arising within the University both from its University staff but also  through its students, graduates and external partners, this is an exciting opportunity for an individual who can work across a large organisation and is particularly adept at building strong internal and collegiate partnerships and understanding academic priorities.

As the ‘go to’ expert, this role includes providing guidance to the University, supporting creators of IP to apply for funding, finding suitable potential licensees, working closely with investors, business case building and where appropriate, representing the University on company boards. As well as the creation and management of new companies, the role holder will provide commercial support and mentorship, as required, in the early stages that follow incorporation and support the commercialisation strategy of the University.

We are looking for an individual who has a strong work ethic and a tireless focus on objectives. You will be educated to degree level in a relevant discipline and have significant experience in the commercialisation of IP including, IP protection, IP rights law, IP systems / processes, company formation and sourcing investment. You will have experience of working within an academic environment and an ability to assimilate and understand academic and technical issues.

As an entrepreneurial thinker and commercial enabler working across the organisation, you will need considerable communications skills backed by strong experience in project management, partnership development and working. You will have a proven knowledge of commercialisation and investment networks, a proven track record of deal completion and the ability to facilitate commercial and research collaborations between organisations and universities. Key to this role is your ability to take ideas and concepts and the associated IP and identify commercial opportunities to generate income and impact for the University.

You will have excellent networking, interpersonal skills with the ability to lead, negotiate, persuade and influence others and a high degree of self-motivation. You will have highly developed written and oral communication skills including the ability to deliver presentations to a wide range of audiences. You will also possess effective planning and project management skills, as well as advanced IT skills.

To apply for this role, please complete the online application form and upload a copy of your most recent CV along with a covering letter. 

Interview Date: Wednesday 31 March 2021

For further information please contact Nayan Patel, via nayan.patel@bcu.ac.uk or 07790 059 802.

Closing date: 
Monday, March 15, 2021
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