IP and Commercialisation Manager Ref 8558

School/department: Research & Enterprise / Innovation & Business Partnerships
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE.
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: permanent 
Reference: 8558
Salary: Starting at £35,333 to £42,155 per annum, pro rata if part time 
Placed on: 22 November 2022
Closing date: 13 January 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed
Expected start date: As soon as possible.


Job description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced IP & Commercialisation Manager to lead on the development and management of their own portfolio of enterprise projects. We are looking for an enthusiastic, positive and engaged individual with experience of intellectual property commercialisation in the UK university sector or industry able to engage effectively with internal and external stakeholders. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a dynamic team seeking to build on recent success to increase both the level and scope of its activities.

The ideal candidate will be experienced in identifying research with commercial potential, evaluating the Intellectual Property position, supporting patenting where appropriate and structuring plans to move the research towards commercialisation. The role also contributes to the training and development of academic colleagues in areas related to IP commercialisation. With excellent communication and interpersonal skills, you will be comfortable in working with colleagues at all levels and have experience in IP rights, IP systems and processes, licensing and spin-out company formation, and deal making and negotiation.

Our priorities within the Innovation & Business Partnerships Team within Research & Enterprise Services have been to:

  • Invigorate research-led business engagement: We have stimulated a more entrepreneurial approach to research through supporting new channels of commercialisation. The pace of our spinouts has accelerated more than six fold compared to the previous 20 years and the University’s IP portfolio has increased by one and half times for the same periods. Last year (2020/21) Sussex’s thriving community of 115 graduate and staff businesses enjoyed a combined turnover of £32m – an increase of one and three quarters times the volume of trade compared to 2018/19. Together these businesses attracted external investment of nearly £32m last year (up by nearly 175% in two years) and they now support 470 jobs, providing employment for more than 150 people than two years ago.
  • Promote and support enterprising students and staff: We have substantially increased our capability to embed entrepreneurial learning, engage students in extra-curricular entrepreneurship programmes and enabled graduate interns and student-led consultancies to create scalable opportunities to address real-world challenges. The appointment of a substantial dedicated in-house student enterprise team has seen our registered graduate start-ups still trading after three years increase by one third to over 30 over two years.
  • Strengthen Sussex’s contribution to the economic, social and environmental vitality of our region: We have re-focused on making an active contribution to driving the civic and economic fortunes of our region, working closely with partners to manage common challenges and co-create new, innovation-focused economic opportunities. Together with the University of Brighton and our incubator Sussex Innovations, we now offer comprehensive SME facing innovation programmes across Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex – funded through the Local Enterprise Partnerships and the EU, where previously there were none. Our goal is to be an ‘anchor’ institution in the city region, making a difference to the business vitality, civic leadership and social wellbeing locally as well as on a global stage.
  • Please find further information regarding the division at https://www.sussex.ac.uk/collaborate/
  • Some of the benefits of working at Sussex are outlined on the this page Working at Sussex : Jobs : About us : University of Sussex

Please contact Keith O’Brien - Email K.E.O-Brien@sussex.ac.uk 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 job description and person specification Ref 8558 [PDF 151.77KB]

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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 profservicesrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as google.docs 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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