Executive Director, Research and Innovation Services Operations

London (GB)
20 Jul 2020
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18 Aug 2020

UCL is London's leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 13,000 staff and 41,000 students from 150 different countries. As well as being a global leader in teaching, UCL is also recognised as one of the most successful research institutions in the world. UCL was ranked the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), published in December 2014. This focus on innovation and entrepreneurialism generates a continuous stream of revenue generating opportunities that require information support.

UCL’s Research and Innovation portfolio has grown significantly in recent years, in terms of volume and the scope of the activities.  Services span a large community based on functional, disciplinary, or divisional boundaries, creating a complex support system to navigate for users and support staff. A major project has been undertaken to look at the Research and Innovation support model and has recommended the creation of this key new position.

The Executive Director will be charged with helping transform the research & innovation support service, enabling the academic community to deliver research excellence, innovation activities and to maximise impact. The Executive Director: RISO will work with key stakeholders across UCL to build, develop and maintain best in the sector support services, delivered by highly capable people, processes and systems. They will report into the Chief Operating Officer, Fiona Ryland and as a member of the Professional Services Leadership Team, will play a key role in the overall leadership, support and transformation of professional services.

Candidates will bring experience of working at a senior level in a research and innovation environment and will be able to evidence a successful track record of driving innovation and service improvements. They will bring experience of delivering major projects with organisation-wide impact within a complex environment, with a diverse range of stakeholders. Experience of strategic planning and delivery of a transformation strategy to achieve institutional objectives and drive value is considered essential. Candidates will be tenacious, and results driven, and have strong communication and relationship building skills.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to UCL on this appointment.  For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference KAYUH.  Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours).  Applications should be received by noon Tuesday 18 August.

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