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Ref 136 (Senior) Licensing & Ventures Manager - Physics, Engineering and Computer Science - now filled

Are you motivated by turning University research into inventions that address real world needs?

Would you like to join a team of outstanding people in Oxford University Innovation (OUI), one of the best research and commercialisation offices in the business?

With one foot in academia and the other in industry, OUI’s professionals undertake a wide variety of tasks. From licensing University ideas, and finding investment for spinout companies, to setting up social enterprises and supporting student entrepreneurship, University innovation is the magic behind the scenes that turns ideas born in a university into companies and technologies that look to have a positive and transformative economic and societal impact on the wider world.

The Opportunity
The successful candidate will work within a talented and experienced team in the Licensing & Ventures Group, focusing on commercialising technologies developed predominantly from Engineering, Physics and Computer Science. The key responsibilities of the role are:

  • Working with and influencing world-leading academics to commercialise new technologies
  • Identifying and executing new commercial strategies for transferring technologies to industry
  • Negotiating appropriate licensing contracts, in conjunction with legal experts
  • Supporting the formation of spinout companies.

The Applicant

The successful applicant will have an engineering, physics, computer sciences or mathematics degree (or equivalent) with a PhD or MBA desirable but not essential. However, it is essential that you will have a good appreciation of research and development in a physical sciences field gained either in a commercial or technical role. You should also demonstrate a passion for entrepreneurship and enterprise, ideally also possessing some experience of related activities and with the ambition to achieve results. You will also need to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills and strong verbal and written communication skills.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please download the application form from the Oxford University Innovation website (www.innovation.ox.ac.uk) and send together with a copy of your CV and covering letter to Sarah Barton.

Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and will be in the range of £35,000-£50,000.

The closing date is midday on Wednesday, 21st March 2018.
Oxford University Innovation is an Equal Opportunities Employer and accredited with the Investors in People Silver status.

Ref 132 Assistant Licensing & Ventures Manager (Life Sciences) - now filled

Oxford University Innovation Ltd (OUI) is the highly successful technology transfer company owned by the University of Oxford, commercialising the research generated by the University. Working with over four thousand of the world’s brightest minds, Oxford University Innovation helps translate their ideas and expertise into projects that make a tangible difference to businesses and governments through technology licencing and the formation of spinout companies.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Assistant Licensing & Ventures Manager to support the highly qualified and driven team within Licensing & Ventures to deliver on a range of their objectives including: defining commercial strategies for new technologies, analysis of technologies, patents, markets and data, writing marketing materials and reports, and supporting commercial and marketing activities. The role will report into the Head of Licensing & Ventures (Life Science) and has an emphasis on analysis and marketing. The Assistant Licensing & Ventures Manager will obtain a broad introduction into technology transfer activities.

Often working as part of a team on high-priority, complex technology transfer projects within the Group, the key responsibilities of the Assistant Licensing & Ventures Manager will be to support the team in:

  • Undertaking market research and analysis to enable commercially viable deals to be completed
  • Managing projects to a successful conclusion
  • Supporting the marketing of technologies to potential end-users in industry
  • Data handling and managing project administration, and supporting the relevant project manager in project work
  • Creating a strong team within the Group.

The successful candidate will have a Life Science degree (or equivalent) and ideally have some experience of work with large datasets and a demonstrated ability to cross scientific disciplines. They will also possess enthusiasm, positivity and an appetite for learning and personal development alongside a desire to achieve results. Post-graduate qualifications, marketing/sales, and/or software and ICT experience would be desirable.

The successful candidate will also need to demonstrate proven competence in:

  • Communicating effectively with a wide range of people and organisations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and very strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Managing relationships through challenging situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Grasping technical concepts quickly, and understanding how these can be developed into marketable and commercially viable ideas
  • Making considered decisions that demonstrate sound judgement and good analysis
  • Learning quickly, accepting constructive feedback and putting it into practice.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this role, please download the application form from the OUI website (www.innovation.ox.ac.uk) and send together with a copy of your CV and covering letter to Sarah Barton.

The closing date is midday on Wednesday, 4 April 2018.

Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and will be in the range of £25,000-£30,000.

Oxford University is an Equal Opportunities Employer and accredited with the Investors in People Silver status.

Ref 124 Senior Licensing & Ventures Manager - Incubator Lead (now filled)

Oxford University Innovation Ltd (OUI) is the highly successful technology transfer company owned by the University of Oxford, commercialising the research generated by the University. Working with over four thousand of the world’s brightest minds, OUI helps translate their ideas and expertise into projects that make a tangible difference to businesses and governments through technology licensing and the formation of new companies.

We have an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to join our Licensing & Ventures team. Responsibilities will include taking a leading role in managing our Start-Up Incubator, which has supported over 50 start-up ventures since 2011. Successes from the incubator include Onfido, Colwiz, Prolific.ac and Cycle.land. The role requires someone with entrepreneurial spirit, strong business acumen, excellent communication skills and a proven ability to manage interactions with a broad base of entrepreneurs, including students and alumni. 

The key responsibilities include:

  • Managing and evolving the OUI Start-up Incubator
  • Mentoring entrepreneurs through the key stages of incorporation and fundraising
  • Attracting suitable new ventures into the Incubator
  • Identifying and executing new commercial strategies to keep the Start-up Incubator sustainable
  • Initiating and developing collaborations and partnerships within the University and externally
  • Developing the profile of the Incubator regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Working with and influencing world-leading academics in the University community.

The successful candidate will have a relevant degree (or equivalent), with a PhD or MBA desirable but not essential. A strong background in software is preferred. They will need to demonstrate experience and expertise in supporting start-ups or running one. Adaptability and resilience in a fast-changing environment and problem-solving with diplomacy will be important for this role. 

Proven competence in the following is also essential:

  • Strategic thinking and proactively driving change
  • Grasping technical concepts quickly, and translating them into commercially viable proposals
  • Working effectively with multiple stakeholders, assertively influencing them and where appropriate showing tenacity and persistence in business development situations
  • Deploying excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Successfully negotiating commercial contracts, ideally related to the licensing of software products
  • Managing a portfolio of complex projects to a successful commercial conclusion.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this role, please download the application form from the Oxford University Innovation website (www.innovation.ox.ac.uk) and send together with a copy of your CV and covering letter to Sarah Barton.

Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and will be in the range of £45,000 – £55,000.

The closing date is midday on Thursday, 11th January 2018.

OUI is an Equal Opportunities Employer and accredited with the Investors in People Silver status.

Ref 122 Assistant Technology Transfer Manager (Physical Sciences) - now filled

Oxford University Innovation Ltd (OUI) is the highly successful technology transfer company owned by the University of Oxford, commercialising the research generated by the University. Working with over four thousand of the world’s brightest minds, OUI helps translate their ideas and expertise into projects that make a tangible difference to businesses and governments through technology licensing and the formation of spin-out companies.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a charismatic and motivated Assistant Technology Transfer Manager to support the highly qualified and driven team within the Licensing & Ventures Group to deliver on a range of their objectives including:

  • Defining commercial strategies for new technologies
  • Analysis of technologies, patents, markets and data
  • Writing marketing materials, and supporting OUI’s commercial and marketing activities.

The role will report into the Deputy Head of Technology Transfer and has an emphasis on project management, marketing and analysis. The Assistant Technology Transfer Manager will obtain a broad introduction into technology transfer activities.

Often working as part of a team on high-priority, complex technology transfer projects, the key responsibilities of the Assistant Technology Transfer Manager will be to support the Licensing & Ventures Group in:

  • Managing projects a successful conclusion
  • Managing project administration and supporting the relevant project manager in project work
  • Undertaking market research and analysis to enable commercially viable deals to be completed
  • Supporting the marketing of technologies to potential end-users in industry
  • Creating a strong team within the Group.

The successful candidate will have a Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science degree (or equivalent), and ideally have some experience of progressing projects in either academia or industry. They will also possess enthusiasm, positivity and an appetite for learning and personal development alongside a desire to achieve results. Post-graduate qualifications, a demonstrated ability to cross scientific disciplines and/or engineering, software and ICT experience would be advantageous.

The successful candidate will also need to demonstrate proven competence in:

  • Communicating effectively with a wide range of people and organisations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and very strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Managing relationships through challenging situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Grasping technical concepts quickly, and understanding how these can be developed into marketable and commercially viable ideas
  • Making considered decisions that demonstrate sound judgement and good analysis
  • Learning quickly, accepting constructive feedback and putting it into practice.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this role, please download the application form from the Oxford University Innovation website (www.innovation.ox.ac.uk) and send together with a copy of your CV and covering letter to Sarah Barton.

Salary for this 12-month fixed term role is commensurate with experience and will be in the range of £24,000-£26,000.

The closing date is midday on Tuesday, 31 October 2017.

OUI is an Equal Opportunities Employer and accredited with the Investors in People Silver status.

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