Business Partnerships Manager (Social Science) Ref 8472

School/department: Research & Enterprise / Innovation & Business Partnerships
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to 1TE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Permanent
Reference: 8472
Salary: starting at £34,304 to £40,927 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 18 July 2022
Closing date: 15 August 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: to be confirmed
Expected start date: to be confirmed

Job description

University of Sussex is committed to developing new knowledge that challenges conventions and offers inspiring and creative ways to address global and local issues. As part of our strategic plan Sussex 2025 we set challenging new priorities to share this knowledge and impact with a wider audience starting in 2019/20 and are now recruiting a new team of Business Partnerships Managers to join our Innovation and Business Partnerships team and build on our successes.

This role provides the opportunity to make a real difference in the world through collaboration. By sharing knowledge with a diverse range of partners and co-creating solutions to real world challenges you will be building impact for research from across the social sciences. We seek a Business Partnerships Manager for Social Science who has strong communication skills, commercial awareness, creativity and a collaborative approach to provide expert support and guidance to both academic colleagues and external partners acting as the key point of liaison. You will require strong influencing and negotiation skills to help engage internal and external audiences with knowledge exchange opportunities. The role requires an understanding of innovation and how companies, the public sector and research funding providers such as Innovate UK, AHRC and ESRC bring support to achieve this, as well as an understanding of how businesses operate. Sound and evidenced stakeholder management skills are required to build long lasting mutually beneficial partnerships with key partners. The Business Partnerships Manager (Social Science) should demonstrate an interest in innovation and commercialisation of research from social science, arts and humanities and have an awareness of relevant business sectors. The role sits within a nurturing and developing environment where dialogue with colleagues is encouraged through communities of practice and supportive networks.

Moving forward with a new Vice Chancellor about to take up her position, we are keen build on these achievements through further developing our capacity to extend our reach to businesses and civic society, as well through encouraging more academics to prioritise knowledge exchange as part of their career path. It is an exciting time to join Sussex and the Innovation & Business Partnerships team and we are pleased to offer the opportunity to work in this role on a hybrid basis.

Please contact Kate Thorpe for informal enquiries.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 8472) (PDF 153KB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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