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UCI Impact and Operations Manager

Department of Engineering

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 09th Jan 2021
  • Salary: £41,526-£52,559
  • REF: NM25355
  • Closes: 25th February 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

An exciting job opportunity exists for an Impact and Operations Manager to help drive the delivery and impact of a new Policy Evidence Unit for University Commercialisation and Innovation being established at the University of Cambridge (https://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/uci-policy-unit/). The new unit, based at the Institute for Manufacturing in West Cambridge, aims to support policy-makers in government departments and funding agencies, and senior leaders in universities in delivering a step change in the contributions universities make to innovation and economic prosperity through their commercialisation and innovation-focused activities and partnerships.

The Policy Evidence Unit is funded through a generous grant from the Research England Development Fund and is being delivered in partnership with the University of Cambridge Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and the UK National Centre for Universities and Business.

We are looking for an Impact and Operations Manager who will be responsible for the operational elements of the Policy Evidence Unit and the successful delivery of the Unit’s externally facing activities and impact agenda. With regards to the latter this will include, among other things, the commissioning of an annual expert paper series from leading academics and practitioners on contemporary UCI issues and the production of an annual review of international trends and developments in UCI policy. Working with the unit’s Director, the successful candidate will also contribute to the strategic planning process and the development and implementation of longer-term sustainability plans.

Educated to degree level in a discipline relevant to university commercialisation and innovation (e.g. engineering, science, technology management, economics), the successful candidate will demonstrate excellent project management and organizational skills. Strong interpersonal and networking skills and post graduate experience and training in project management are desirable. The post-holder will also demonstrate a very strong ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical audiences and be able to produce clear and concise written material. An ability to work collaboratively in teams is essential.

Previous experience and knowledge of university commercialisation/innovation processes, knowledge/technology transfer, or research and innovation policy would be desirable together with experience of working at the policy/industry-to-academic interface, in a university commercialisation or knowledge exchange organisation, or in a public policy/policy-focused organisation developing evidence for policy.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2023 in the first instance.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. We would also like candidates to provide an example of a piece of written material that demonstrates their ability to communicate a technical concept to a non-technical audience. Please also upload this document in the Upload section of the online application.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 25 February 2021. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office at the Department of Engineering (hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk, +44 (0)1223 332615).

Please quote reference NM25355 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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