Job Opportunity: Director of Innovation

Tuesday 17th January 2023, 4:30pm

Exciting new opportunity for a Director of Innovation to develop and deliver the University of Edinburgh's Easter Bush Campus Innovation strategy and the creation of an innovation ecosystem to support commercialisation opportunities. Deadline for application is 31st January 2023, 5pm.

The post holder will be responsible for the development and delivery of the Easter Bush Campus Innovation strategy; with key objectives being the creation of an innovation eco-system which fosters and supports commercialisation opportunities within Animal Bioscience and One Health, Agritech and Aquaculture (3As).

The post holder is responsible for the operational and financial sustainability  of the Roslin Innovation Centre (RIC) including recruitment and retention of tenants, as well as managing innovation activities, which foster integration with the wider campus (in line with BBSRC Research and Innovation Campus strategy).

This role will lead, motivate and manage the RIC & Innovation support team and  is accountable for all business planning and financial management of Roslin Innovation Centre and associated Innovation activities;   including negotiation of service level agreements, marketing and communication, space allocation and lease management as well as ensuring the RIC branding covers all Campus Innovation activities.

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience, with a strong understanding of business development in a research environment. Experience within Animal BioSciences, Agritech, Aquaculture and One Health sectors is also desirable.
  • Previous experience of leading or contributing to the leadership of a science park/innovation centre (or equivalent).  Demonstrating development via involvement in progressively more demanding relevant work roles.
  • Excellent communication (both written and oral), with proven problem solving and organisational skills.
  • Proven project and budget management skills.
  • Experience of working independently, dealing with unforeseen circumstances and problems with confidence to work with multiple and changing priorities in a flexible way.

The University of Edinburgh is an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. The University give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family-friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. 

View the University of Edinburgh staff benefits page for further information and a reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

JOB TITLE: Director of Innovation

LOCATION: Easter Bush Campus, Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9RG

GRADE/SALARY: UE10 63,673 per annum


CONTRACT: Open ended

APPLY BEFORE: 31st January, 2023, 5:00 PM

INTERVIEWS: Held late February/early March 2023