Technology Transfer Manager: Swansea University

Job Number: AC04637
Advertising Department: School of Management
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Closing Date: 10-08-2021

Salary:£41,526 to £49,553  - Grade 9 

Contract:35 hours per week full time, Fixed Term until 30/06/2023


  • 2 positions based within the AgorIP West Wales & the Valleys Operation at Bay Campus/working from home
  • 1 position based within the AgorIP East Wales Operation, with the possibility of being seconded to and based at Cardiff University/working from home)

Background Information

The AgorIP (Open IP) Operation provides an Intellectual Property management and Technology Transfer serviceto academia, University Health Boards, SMEs and industrial collaborators, servicing a pipeline of Intellectual Property Opportunities at various levels of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs).

AgorIP, which is partially funded by the Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is now pan-Wales; running in parallel across the West Wales & the Valleys and East Wales Regions, increasing the scope and impact of the Project and building on lessons learned, whilst preparing for a sustainable future beyond the lifetime of the Operations.  Combined, AgorIP is an extensible framework that embeds a structural change pan-Wales and supports potential for delivery across multiple Operational Programmes.

AgorIP is led and managed by the School of Management within the established governance of Swansea University and in accordance with University IP Governance Procedures and Policies, which are led by the University’s Department of Research, Engagement and Innovation Services (REIS). Research commercialised by the Operations will be drawn from across the University’s Colleges, together with Partners, such as University Health Boards, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and SMEs.  

Main Purpose of the Post

The TTM (TTM) will manage AgorIP technology transfer activities relating to commercial opportunities at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 and above which have been identified at Swansea University and beyond, including Health Boards, other Higher Education Establishments (HEIs) using appropriate vehicles for commercialisation.

AgorIP is an ambitious project that builds linkages with IP inventors and innovators across Wales with particular emphasis on Universities and Health Boards (UHB) and to commercialise those IPs for the good of the Regions. This will require substantial external efforts to build, consolidate and contractually define external relationships and the IP relevant to the Project.

The role of the TTM is to manage a portfolio of commercial opportunities at varying levels of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) above 4 (feasibility study) using processes to identify, capture, mature and make investable commercial opportunities while moving these opportunities onto a commercialisation trajectory. This will involve interfacing with senior academics, executives and directors and Senior WG Civil Servants to create a vibrant pipeline of commercial opportunities for either license or embodiment in new company formation. It requires the ability to maintain both technical and commercial credibility with the various stakeholders in the commercialisation process, aligning everyone’s interest in a successful outcome. The TTM will manage these opportunities to fruition and assist in the associated marketing and publicity.

Leadership Values

All Professional Services areas at Swansea University operate to a defined set of Core Values: Professional services values and it is an expectation that everyone is able to demonstrate a commitment to these values from the point of application through to the day to day delivery of their roles.

Commitment to our values at Swansea University supports us in promoting equality and valuing diversity to utilise all the talent that we have. 

In addition you will operate to a defined set of Leadership Values:

We are Professional

We develop ourselves and our teams through continued professional development and use feedback to improve. We create a culture that delivers successful outcomes through people, supporting, developing and challenging our teams to succeed. We involve our people in developing a vision for the future and in enabling innovation and change, improving University, team and individual performance.

We Work Together

We enable our teams to work together and across functions to deliver successful outcomes that exceed the needs and expectations of our customers. We are responsible for creating environments that demonstrate equality, foster trust, respect and challenge. We are accountable for providing clarity and direction, communicating the “big picture” and harnessing ideas and opportunities to achieve the University’s vision.

We care

We create environments that identify, understand and give priority to delivering the needs of the University Community (our students, colleagues, external partners and the public). We motive and inspire our teams to provide the highest standards of personalised care and in doing so uphold the Swansea University brand

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries: Berna Jones, Senior TTM – / Ceri Jones, AgorIP Project Director –


The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

These fixed term posts have been funded by the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programme supporting the ERDF funded AgorIP West Wales & the Valleys and AgorIP East Wales Operations for the for the period 01/06/2021 – 30/06/2023. 

Closing date: 
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
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