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Ref 133 Investment Manager (2 roles) - 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 them 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 OUI Investments team is a newly formed team combining New Ventures Support and Spinout Equity Management. The OUI Investments team’s main responsibilities include: translational funding, supporting new company formation, fund raising, fund management and portfolio management.

We now have an exciting opportunity for two charismatic and motivated Investment Managers to join this team and support the Head of Investments in the development and delivery of the Investment team’s objectives outlined above.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Maintaining a seamless approach to spinout activities by proactively collaborating and supporting the Licensing & Ventures team in the creation of spinout, startup and social enterprises.
  • Supporting the management and expansion of the commercial funds including the Spinout Equity Management Fund and the Parkwalk University of Oxford Innovation Fund.
  • Reporting to the investment committees of the Funds and identifying new companies to support.
  • Acting as an ambassador for Oxford University Innovation and the University of Oxford, raising its profile within the investment and industry audiences. Supporting the raising of funds within the investment ecosystem for the University and its investment portfolio.
  • Acting as a spinout company Board level observer/director where appropriate, and working closely with Boards to build sustainable business platforms.
  • Obtaining and monitoring information submitted by spinouts and creating advisory reports to enable the University to be aware of the value of its assets, and of opportunities to invest further capital.
  • Supporting the realisation of the University and OUI’s investment portfolio to create a sustainable business model for the Investment team.

The successful candidate will have a Science degree (or equivalent) and ideally industrial and managerial experience in a life sciences or a technology business. They will also possess enthusiasm, positivity and an appetite for learning and personal development alongside a desire to achieve results.

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

  • Early stage investment - a good knowledge base of the UK early stage investment market and the challenges faced by University led companies.
  • Project management - conscientious, detail-oriented with the ability to prioritise workloads and multiple projects.
  • Financial evaluation - equipped to handle the financial and commercial aspects of managing a venture capital portfolio including financial analysis and reporting valuations.
  • Commercial analysis - designing, developing and critiquing business strategies based on sound judgement and good analysis.
  • Communicating with confidence - weighing up alternative courses of action, making firm decisions and persuading others. Able to influence and engender respect from a wide range of stakeholders both verbally and written.
  • Relationship with others – the ability to contribute to the newly formed OUI Investments team. To be able to either work independently or as part of a small team. Supporting the personal development of members with the OUI Investments’ team and the wider OUI organisation.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this role, please download the application form from the Oxford University Innovation website at 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, 21st February 2018.

Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and will be in the range of £55,000 - £60,000.

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

Ref 130 Licensing & Ventures Manager (Social Sciences and Humanities) - 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 helps translate their ideas and expertise into projects that make a tangible difference to businesses, governments and society through licensing and the formation of spin-out and start-up companies.

The Licensing & Ventures Group has an exciting opportunity to work closely with the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions. We are looking for an individual who can focus on creating sustainable social, economic and commercial impact from the outcomes of the University’s research. 

The key responsibilities of the role are:

  • Working with and influencing world-leading academics to create positive impact from University research and expertise
  • Building a collaborative relationship with the Divisional Offices and the Business Engagement Team in Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Working closely and collaboratively with OUI Consulting Services
  • Growing a portfolio of projects and collaborators from the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions, and identifying sustainable commercial strategies to support this portfolio
  • Negotiating appropriate licensing contracts, in conjunction with legal experts
  • Managing the formation of spin-out companies
  • Managing and administering post-deal activity.

The successful candidate will ideally have a PhD in Social Sciences or Humanities (or an MBA or equivalent). A strong background in the commercialisation of IP from Social Sciences or Humanities is preferred. They should also have 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:

  • Grasping new concepts quickly, and translating these into commercially viable proposals
  • Working effectively and collaboratively with key stakeholders, and where appropriate showing tenacity and persistence in business development situations
  • Deploying excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Successfully negotiating and licensing commercial contracts with relevant industry sectors
  • Working successfully within a close-knit team
  • Managing a large 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.

The closing date is midday on Tuesday, 16th January 2018.

Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and is likely to be in the range of £35,000-£42,000.

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

Ref 125 Post-Deal IP Manager (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 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 highly motivated Post-Deal IP Manager. The role is within the Operations Support Team and reports directly to the Deputy Head of Project Support.

Key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Liaising with Patent attorneys, deal partners, academics, Licensing & Ventures Managers, the Post Deal Relationship Manager and any other stakeholders to maintain and prosecute patents in the licensed portfolio
  • Reviewing the licensed patent portfolio to categorise the patent management approach
  • Supporting the Post-Deal Relationship Manager
  • Keeping well informed of changes to patent legislation
  • Providing administrative support to the Licence and Ventures Group in relation to deal partner litigation activities
  • Utilising OUI database systems efficiently and effectively
  • Maintaining positive collaborative relationships with OUI and University colleagues.

The successful candidate will ideally be a graduate with strong customer-facing skills, capable of working and contributing to the success of this high calibre team.

Proven competence in the following is also essential:

  • Commercial awareness and client-facing experience with strong verbal and written skills providing effective communication and high levels of attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills and the ability to introduce and manage procedures into an evolving environment
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships at all levels internally and with external parties
  • A comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of the processes associated with filing, prosecution, grant and renewal of IP rights.

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 £30,000 - £40,000.

The closing date is midday on Thursday, 18th January 2018.

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

General Manager and Club Secretary, The Bugatti Owners' Club (now filled)

The Bugatti Owners’ Club established in 1929 is one of UK’s most prestigious motor clubs with over 2,200 members and a staff of seven based on the Club’s privately-owned Prescott Estate in Gotherington near Cheltenham.

The successful candidate will be the public face of the Club, and the main point of contact between the membership and the Club office. The General Manager reports directly to the Club Chairman, and is responsible to the non-executive Board for the overall performance of the Club against agreed strategic plans and budgets. You will be responsible for an experienced team of staff who manage the Club’s busy programme of on-site events, and a committed membership who volunteer over a wide range of activities from managing the Club’s archives to marshalling and stewarding at motor racing events held on the historic Prescott Hillclimb course.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Managing all aspects of the Club against an agreed annual budget and strategy
  • Negotiating major contracts, nurturing sponsors and commercial relationships
  • Organising the compilation of the annual events calendar, specifically the seven weekends of competitive motorsport held at Prescott
  • Managing an experienced team and the many Club volunteers
  • Managing the Club’s financial affairs and its relationship with the auditors
  • Organising events and PR including press releases, quarterly newsletters, brochures and leaflet production, and up-front media representation to ensure good PR visibility
  • Managing local contractors in the maintenance and development of the Estate and the suppliers to events
  • Liaising with and attending community, motoring and Hillclimb committee meetings
  • Managing the Club’s relationships with the sport’s governing body, the Motor Sport Association (MSA), trade associations and key car clubs.

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

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to engage across a wide and diverse range of Club stakeholders
  • Leadership skills in a multi-stakeholder and regulated environment
  • Established track record in business management
  • Ability to deliver an excellent visitor experience to members and supporters of the Club
  • Planning and project management skills.

Salary for this role will be £55k plus benefits.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this role, please email Sarah Barton at enquiries@rbasearch.co.uk requesting an application form. This should be submitted, together with your CV by midday on Monday, 16th October 2017.

First interviews will take place on Wednesday, 1st November 2017

Second interviews will take place on Tuesday, 7th November 2017

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