Strategic Innovation Programme Lead: University of Southampton

Technology Transfer & Impact Programmes

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £51,799 to £65,107 Per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 17 January 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1647421TW

One of the top-ranked universities globally, the University of Southampton is an exceptional place where people achieve remarkable things. Outward looking and research-intensive, Southampton has gained prestigious recognition for its wide-ranging successes and history of world-changing achievements. 

Research represents the lifeblood of the University of Southampton. It powers everything we do, from our innovative teaching to our growing portfolio of spin-out companies, enabling the development of products and services for the benefit of individuals, businesses and the wider economy. 

Research and Innovation Services (RIS) provides expert advice and assistance for research funding and contracts, research integrity and governance, technology transfer and the commercialisation of intellectual property, collaboration with industry, and public engagement with research. 

The University:

is ranked as the top UK University for consultancy income generated (£GBP), operating several highly successful enterprise units;

has created 77 spinout and start-up companies since 2000 (with four of these having floated on the London AIM stock market) which raised >£140m investment in 2020/21; 

has a significant licensing portfolio and in 2020/21 generated £1.6m licensing income;

is a founding member of Setsquared, the global no. 1 university business incubator, which is an enterprise partnership of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey; and

boasts a fantastic entrepreneurial eco-system with, amongst other components, the Future Worlds on-campus incubator and University of Southampton Science Park, a highly innovative social enterprise (Enactus Southampton) initiative and a large, vibrant Student Enterprise community.

The University of Southampton now has an exciting opportunity for someone to join RIS’s successful and dynamic team as the Strategic Innovation Programmes Lead. The successful candidate will be working at a strategic level within the University to influence and build business cases for major new innovation centres and initiatives. You should be able to demonstrate the ability to commercially evaluate potential opportunities, build business propositions, advise leading University research groups and develop networks with industry for collaboration and innovation.  

In this role:

You will be a driver of major strategic projects to place the University at the forefront of ambitious new national innovation centres bringing businesses and academia together to collaborate on emerging technologies aligned to missions under the UK Innovation Strategy;

You will build key relationships with senior academic staff across the University and nationally, businesses, Innovate UK, BEIS and other government departments to shape the innovation priorities and funding propositions;  

You will guide the strategic direction, build the business case and be instrumental in winning significant funding to enable the establishment of new centres.  

If you have a relevant experience and can demonstrate ability to lead strategic initiatives at the interface of academia and business then we would like to hear from you.   

Our vision and mission at the University of Southampton is to have a community where staff and students feel welcome, supported and valued. RIS fosters a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity, encouraging applicants from diverse backgrounds, with the belief that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. Our flexible working practices, including an emerging hybrid working model, where employees can split their working time between the office and home, support our belief that this balance brings long-lasting benefits for our institution as well as our people. For this role candidates will need to be on campus regularly and to be available to attend meetings and events externally as required. 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Diana Galpin, telephone: + 44 (0) 7979852362 email:

 This role is offered on a Full-time, permanent basis. 

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Jane Sturgeon (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1647421TW on all correspondence. 

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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