Director of Smart Innovation Hub

We’re Keele University and we’re different. Founded more than 60 years ago on the belief that we meet the demands of a new kind of society, economy and world, our principles resonate now more than ever. 

Keele University is a world class campus-based university committed to providing the highest quality learning and living environment in which our students and staff can flourish.  Keele is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student life.  With a turnover in excess of £150 million, over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2,000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects.  Keele has ambitious plans for its future growth and development, building upon its reputation as a research-led campus University with a broad academic base.

Housed in a new landmark building at the entrance to the Keele University Science and Innovation Park, the Smart Innovation Hub (SIH) brings together new forms of incubation space, unique shared spaces for innovation, research and development, and the world-leading expertise of Keele Management School. 

The Director of Smart Innovation Hub is a new post established to take overall responsibility for the SIH. You will work in collaboration with the Keele Management School, Keele Institute for Innovation in Teaching & Education, and as part of the Directorate of Research, Innovation & Engagement, to deliver engagement with over 300 businesses, via established business engagement programmes.

Alongside this you will be responsible for developing and delivering a major new programme of business creation, business incubation and growth which will include the creation of a vibrant SME community within new dedicated business incubation and grow-on facilities in line with the University’s overall strategic vision.

In the longer term, you will also take lead responsibility in ensuring the SIH can increasingly underpin the future strategy of the wider science and Innovation Park.

We are seeking an individual with proven experience of leading the development and implementation of strategy for business creation, incubation and growth programmes in a comparable context.  You will be an entrepreneurial individual with a track record of developing relationships with industry and public sector contacts, whilst having an appreciation and enthusiasm for the culture and identity of Keele.

For a confidential discussion and/or the full briefing particulars please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill and Sian Gardiner  at The Management Recruitment Group..

Closing date for applications: 7th October 2018

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