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Senior Business Manager, UCL Business

UCL Business PLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of University College London and generate income and create capital value for UCL and partner hospitals through the commercial exploitation of its extensive research base.

We are looking to recruit a Senior Business Manager to join their BioPharm team, who will be responsible for the technology transfer activities of mainly the UCL Institute of Opthalmology as well as other University departments.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a strong grounding in a biological or medical-related discipline to PhD level, together with significant commercial experience and an excellent grasp of intellectual property issues.

Previous technology transfer experience is desirable. The individual will be highly motivated and enthusiastic, with excellent negotiation, communication and organisational skills.

They will be required to work closely with academics and clinicians in identifying wide-ranging novel technologies, enable the development of the technologies, and ultimately the commercialisation of them at the interface of academia, healthcare and industry.

This is an exciting, highly dynamic role which is different to most other technology transfer business manager roles in that UCLB recently raised two investment funds: the UCL Technology Fund (£50 million, VC-backed fund) and the Apollo Therapeutics Fund (£40 million, in collaboration with Imperial Innovations, Cambridge Enterprise, GSK, AZ and J&J). The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with both funds, thereby giving direct and significant experience in working with these funds.

Salary range will be between £45k-£60k pro rata depending on experience. In addition, the company operates a contributory pension scheme and performance-related pay scheme.

How to apply:

Please send a copy of your CV, together with a covering letter and deal sheet, to Sarah Barton at enquiries@rbasearch.co.uk.

The closing date for applications is midday, 29 September 2017.

First interviews will take place on Thursday, 12 October.

UCL Business PLC is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Deputy Head of Technology Transfer (Life Sciences) Ref 120 (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 at the world’s foremost University, our Licensing & Ventures Group turns research into new spin-out companies, licences and services to businesses and institutions. Oxford University Innovation is a leader in its field of licensing and venturing.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional Deputy Head of Technology Transfer (Life Sciences) who will work closely with his/her counterparts in Physical Sciences to lead, manage and coach a team of highly qualified and driven Technology Transfer Managers to deliver a range of objectives.

This role will report into the Head of Technology Transfer (Life Sciences) and will include working with and influencing world-leading academics to commercialise their technologies by defining commercial strategies, protecting and managing IP, and marketing and selling the technologies.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Managing a significant team project portfolio to achieve a successful performance, and to budget
  • Managing the relationship between OUI and the inventor(s)
  • Acting as a spin-out company Board level observer/director, where appropriate
  • Acting as an ambassador for Oxford University Innovation and the University of Oxford, raising its profile within the innovation ecosystem.

The successful candidate will play a leading role in managing the commercialisation of life sciences technologies at the University of Oxford and in developing resources and networks (internal and external) to optimise this process. The successful candidate must have relevant industry experience and will ideally have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline and/or an MBA. They must also have the ability to inspire a team, possess strong people management skills and the ambition to achieve results, along with a commitment to integrity and sound commercial judgement.

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

  • Leading and coaching highly capable professionals in a high performance team
  • Working effectively with key stakeholders, assertively influencing them and, where appropriate, show tenacity and persistence in business development situations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and very strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Successfully negotiating contracts with relevant industry sectors.

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 at innovation@rbasearch.co.uk.

The closing date is midday on Tuesday 29th August 2017.

Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and is likely to be in the range of £55,000–£65,000.

This role will be advertised internally and externally.

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

Interview dates:

1st interviews: Friday 8th September 2017

2nd Interviews: Friday 15th September 2017

Marketing and Communications Manager Ref 105 (now filled)

Oxford University Innovation Ltd is the highly successful research and technology commercialisation company owned by the University of Oxford. Working with over four thousand of the world’s brightest minds, we help researchers and staff translate their ideas and expertise into projects that make a tangible difference to businesses and the economy through technology licensing, consultancy and the formation of new companies.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and motivated Marketing & Communications Manager to join the Marketing team.

This role is about promoting and marketing an even greater awareness of the successful outcomes of Oxford University’s innovation activities, and in particular Oxford University Innovation’s achievements in commercialising IP and expertise from the University. Creating appropriate content, managing the media, building relationships with journalists, delivering clear and focused communication, and PR activities are a key part of this role.

The key responsibilities of the role include;

  • Engaging with content contributors and media professionals to build and maintain positive coverage
  • Building and maintaining presence on digital marketing channels
  • Managing networking organisation membership and communications
  • Proactively working across the business to assist and encourage staff to provide content for promotion through the media.

The successful candidate will have a science degree (or equivalent), and experience of writing both for professional scientific audiences and generalist media.

Preferably holding a further degree and/or business qualification such as an MBA, they will also have experience of managing and influencing external clients, communication management, and digital marketing (web, email campaigns, social media).

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

  • Ability to work effectively with journalists, and to influence them assertively
  • Excellent interpersonal and team working skills and attitudes, with drive and initiative to make things happen
  • Ability to build credibility and rapport with senior people and decision-makers from external clients
  • Delivering effective PR and media projects
  • Web management: methodical approach to capturing needs, then prioritising and tracking development within budget.

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/about/jobs) and send together with a copy of your CV and covering letter.

The closing date is midday on Tuesday, 13th September 2016.

Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and will be in the range of £40,000 – £50,000.

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

(Senior) Technology Transfer Manager - Life Sciences Ref: 104 (now filled)

Oxford University Innovation Ltd 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 licensing and the formation of spin-out companies.

The Technology Transfer Group is now operating in an unprecedented investment ecosystem and has an exciting opportunity for the successful applicant to join its highly motivated and successful team in Oxford and play a pivotal role in commercialisation deals. We are looking for an experienced (Senior) Technology Transfer Manager (dependent on skills and experience) who can focus on commercialising the outcomes of the University’s research in Life Sciences. The key responsibilities of the role are:

  • Working with and influencing world-leading academics to commercialise new university technologies in the areas of drug discovery/development, biomarkers, diagnostics, medical devices and more
  • Identifying commercial strategies for transferring technologies to industry, including marketing to potential end-users
  • Negotiating appropriate licensing contracts, in conjunction with legal experts
  • Managing the formation of a spin-out company and running programmes that involve a variety of interdependent projects
  • Managing and administering post-deal activity.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a Life Science discipline and commercial experience in industry and must have the ambition and track record to achieve results, along with a commitment to integrity and sound commercial judgement. Several years’ industry experience in sectors such as drug discovery/development, biotechnology, medical technologies, diagnostics, healthcare technologies or related industries is desirable. The successful candidate will also need to demonstrate proven competence in:

  • Grasping technical concepts quickly, and translating these into commercially viable proposals
  • Working effectively with key 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
  • A track record of successfully negotiating and licensing commercial contracts with relevant industry sectors
  • Working successfully within a close-knit team and managing a large portfolio of projects to a successful commercial conclusion.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this role, please download the application form from our website (www.innovation.com/about/jobs.html) 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 £40,000-£50,000.

The closing date is midday on Tuesday 30th August 2016.

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

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