Orbit Centre Senior Manager

Durham, United Kingdom
£41526 - £44045 per annum
18 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The closing date for applications is 18 October 2020 before midnight.

Research and Innovation Services (RIS) provides guidance, expert advice and hands-on support for all aspects of research and research-related work, including securing funding, working with partners, undertaking knowledge exchange, demonstrating impact, commercialising outputs, ensuring good research practice and supporting professional development. Durham University plays a central role in the economic prosperity of Durham City and the north east region. The University Strategy sets out to deliver still greater impact and to play a key role as an "Anchor Institution" in the translation of emerging technologies, influencing government policy and enhancing commercialisation opportunities

The Economic Development team provides a central service for the targeted support for major economic development projects and strategic relationships that deliver intellectual and financial returns to Durham University from economic development programmes. This will be supported from a range of sources, including the EU (and its post Brexit successors), national and local government. Orbit is a major economic development project for Durham University and represents the first investment in business accommodation and support services made by the University. Durham University has been granted £1.49 million from Research England under its University Enterprise Zone programme to develop an enterprise space at NETPark (Sedgefield) for businesses wishing to enhance and support their collaboration with the university. The enterprise zone will be located in the top floor of the current Research Institute on the site and will contain flexible business accommodation units (circa 15), hot desking facilities, knowledge exchange space, dry laboratory space, catering facilities and a newly refurbished reception area. The capital programme of works are likely to be ongoing throughout 2020 with formal opening of the facility due in April 2021. We require a skilled and experienced individual to be the Senior Manager for the enterprise zone at NetPark providing strategic direction for the centre attracting new business residents as well as meeting the needs of existing tenants. The Senior Manager will be responsible for making recommendations on operating models to senior management at the University as well as identifying areas of added value and income generation. The post holder will also be responsible for facilitating and evaluating an engaging and high profile programme of events and seminars at the site to encourage knowledge exchange between industry and the university both with residents of Orbit and the broader business community. The role will also have line management responsibility for the Centre administrator.

This project is part-funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) via the DICE (Durham Internships and Collaborative Enterprise) project.

This post is full time and fixed term until 30 June 2023.