Industry Director, Innovation Centre for Applied Sustainable Technologies

Job title Industry Director, Innovation Centre for Applied Sustainable Technologies

Department Chemistry

Salary Starting from £51,034, rising to £59,135

Grade Grade 9

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2429

Placed on Tuesday 18 May 2021

Closing date Tuesday 15 June 2021

Interview date Friday 25 June 2021

Reference CC8307

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Lead our industry engagement and business development activities working at the interface of academia and industry. This a unique opportunity to make a lasting impact by joining the innovation leaders in clean growth in the UK and internationally, in our new cross-institutional Innovation Centre (iCAST) working in bio-based feedstocks, sustainable chemical production systems and sustainable engineering materials and plastics. 

About us:

Our £17M Innovation Centre for Applied and Sustainable Technologies (iCAST) is a new, unique innovation facility hosted by the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT) at Bath. 

Our purpose is to kick-start a step-change in the UK industrial strategy for translating sustainable chemical technologies into clean growth. Our ambition is to be the go-to place for companies working on clean growth technologies to easily invest in R&D and to partner with critical mass academic strength to enable them to scaleup, deliver innovation commercially and deliver economic impact, build supply chains, jobs and green growth in the UK and overseas.

About the role: 

Working with the Universities of Bath and Oxford and its core partners - the High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s National Composites Centre (NCC) and Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) – you will have the opportunity to collaborate with a dynamic partnership of over 45 spin-outs, high growth SMEs and multinational corporates to deliver sustainable and circular chemical process-based research and innovation projects.

You will deliver best in class industry engagement, growing a sustainable pipeline of industry funding to support the delivery of our strategy and key delivery targets. Identifying new opportunities for alignment of research areas and funding that will meet end-user needs, you will be advocating and promoting iCAST and its research base to industrial users. 

About you:

This role requires excellent leadership, management and organisational skills and a good understanding of the supply chains and existing market within the chemistry-using and chemical process sectors in the UK. You will also have:

  • experience of delivering external (private and public) funding for knowledge exchange, research and/or innovation activities
  • led, developed and motivated multi-disciplinary teams across industry and academia to deliver to targets 
  • negotiated academic-industry contracts or projects 

The benefits:

We are a family friendly workplace and are open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. We recognise the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package including a generous employer pension scheme and annual leave entitlement and are encouraging of your personal and professional development, along with (but not limited to):

  • A flexible working environment
  • Ofsted outstanding rated onsite nursery
  • Salary exchange scheme (cycle to work)
  • Onsite private and NHS dentist, onsite medical centre
  • Employee discount scheme

Our commitment to you:

We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We are particularly welcoming of applications from Black, Asian and other Ethnic candidates who are under-represented within Student Services. 

We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff. Please let us know of any reasonable adjustments you may require. Our assessment approach ensures you will have the opportunity to promote your individuality, and we will make all offers based on your competencies and experience relative to the role.

For further information:

Please contact Francesca Guiso Gallisai, Centre Manager (fgg20@bath.ac.uk), however, please ensure that your application is submitted via the University website.

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information. 

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Further details:

If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK you should refer to our applicant information webpage  before embarking on a job application to ensure that you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / ILR, please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.

The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce. We are open to flexible working arrangements and we’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.