Head of Business Engagement
Our client, a northern based, Russell Group university was looking for an experienced individual with the ability to bridge the gap between academia and industry. The role would build upon the already well established function to deliver innovative knowledge exchange and technology transfer and would develop both strategic and operational relationships with key partner organisations in a changing environment.
Finding a credible individual with the necessary skills to be able to understand world-class research that is undertaken across a wide range of disciplines in a large research-intensive University is often a challenge in its own right. We looked beyond traditional search pools to secure a unique candidate who could engage academic researchers and industrial R&D managers alike and had a track record of commercialising and transferring leading edge research. A key requirement of our Client was the individual’s ability to operate at a senior level to establish delivery of new sustainable income streams.
The successful candidate was secured after an extensive search campaign. We spent time working with the University to ensure there was both disciplinary and cultural fit. Sourced from outside the education sector, the appointed candidate offered experience acquired from working in a multi-national corporate (pharma industry) in roles which engaged universities in research and development activities.
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