Senior Innovation Partnership Manager Visa Sponsorship Uk

April 26, 2024
£43.4 - £56.0 / year

Job Description


About the Role

We are looking for a Senior Innovation Partnership Manager to join the University and support the delivery of the University Innovation Strategy. Working closely with the College of Science and Engineering (COSE) and across the University, this role will provide critical leadership to the University and its ambition to increase the value of its engagements with its partners, as well as to establish new meaningful relationships with industry, the public sector, and innovation organisations. The position will be located within the Innovation, Engagement, and Entrepreneurship Directorate, specifically the Innovation Partnerships Team, and will collaborate closely with the Economic Development Directorate.

The Innovation Partnerships team was formed to maximise the value of academic collaboration with the public, private, and industrial sectors. It will accomplish this by establishing University approaches to forming and maintaining strategically valued partnerships that are mutually advantageous, as well as by collaborating closely with academics to generate a network of innovation linkages and opportunities of interest to the university. This role will collaborate closely with COSE academics and college teams to increase meaningful relationships, engagements, and opportunities aligned with these technology areas and the sectors or markets to which they contribute, in line with the University’s strategic ambition to grow its critical enabling technology capability and capacity (photonics, quantum, semiconductor, communications). Examples include space, healthcare, 5G/6G, and advanced manufacturing. Working with the Economic Development Directorate, the job will assist the University in proactively pursuing large collaborative opportunities and responding to regional, national, and worldwide financing opportunities.

The role’s success will be measured by the development of important strategic connections, notably with industry, as well as an increase in funding for the University as a result of increased involvement and collaboration. As part of the central team, the job will also work across all schools to develop COSE partnership or cooperation prospects, as well as provide leadership and advice to grow the University’s portfolio through Innovate UK, KTPs, and other collaborative engagement mechanisms.

The Senior Partnership Manager will help to achieve innovation strategy goals, specifically increasing new/additional industrial/commercial income.

The positions will supplement and give leadership assistance to current industry engagement teams. An operational model for central and college teams is being developed, particularly in institutions with current or expanding engagement teams, as are definitions of strategic partnerships and processes connected to strategic projects.


Main duties and responsibilities

1. Assist the University and COSE with delivering the innovative Strategy, particularly the objective to scale and strengthen partnership working and increase the value of its innovative engagements.

2. Assist COSE in developing and implementing an industry engagement strategy/plan, identifying key engagement priorities for the college, and engaging with external organisations to link opportunities for collaboration or engagement. This will entail assisting the COSE Industry and Impact teams in delivering college aspirations, developing value propositions for key sectors or partners of interest, and coordinating a cohesive engagement interface with external organisations and partners.

3. Encourage the establishment and implementation of corporate strategic collaborations that are specifically aligned with the College of Science and Engineering, as well as the strengthening of current COSE strategic alliances.

4. Create new cooperation opportunities for the College of Science and Engineering that have the potential to extend beyond one college, e.g., across other colleges, and are deemed institutionally beneficial relationships.

5. Collaborating with COSE, important academics, and the Economic Development Team to create propositions and big collaborative opportunities that are aligned with institutional/college strategic objectives. This post will be particularly connected with the University’s ambitions for key technologies and increased engagement/opportunity in relevant sectors or new markets, as well as with relevant industry and government bodies.

6. Lead and support internal teams in developing a pipeline of cooperation prospects for UKRI, public, innovation, and industrial financing.

7. Provide leadership and assistance to COSE College Management, academics, and researchers regarding industry engagement, as well as support in identifying possibilities to increase or deepen connections for mutual benefit.

8. Collaborating with a team of Sn Partnership managers and engagement teams throughout the institution to create cross-institutional professional engagement practices and procedures. This will include an examination of business engagement platforms such as CRM.

9. Collaborate with professional service teams, especially Research Services, to develop institutional capacity and expertise to expand the University/COSE portfolio of Innovate UK, KTP, and other industry engagement mechanisms.

10. Build and foster external networks (business, government, and RTOs) to provide insight into the University and promote University/College/Academic development.

11. To support marketing, advertising, and events aimed at promoting University Innovation’s accomplishments, partnerships, and partnership successes.

12. To find ways to strengthen involvement with industry partners, such as communication and timely sharing of new opportunities.

13. Helping to introduce and improve strategic road mapping.


Knowledge, qualifications, skills, and experience.



A1 Demonstrates the abilities required to perform the duties of this level of job, having gained the relevant professional knowledge and management skills in a similar or number of related specialty roles. Scottish Credit Qualification Framework levels 9, 10, and 11. A higher degree in a relevant topic, or extensive vocational and relevant experience exhibiting management abilities and knowledge in an acceptable professional / specialist area.


B1 Understanding strategic academic-industrial relationships and cooperation.

B2 Understanding of mechanisms to enable industrial-academic collaboration, including the research and innovation financing environment, as well as expertise transforming proposals into funded programmes or projects (with a focus on large-scale proposals).

B3 A good understanding of the UK financing landscape and the UK/Scottish innovation eco-system.



C1 Significant proven ability to create and manage senior-level relationships with existing partners/stakeholders/industry, as well as discover and target new collaborators/partners.

C2 Demonstrated capacity to form coalitions and collaborate on funding sources or to meet a key industrial/economic need or opportunity.

C3 Tact and diplomacy while dealing with sensitive and confidential material, as well as the ability to operate effectively under pressure.

C4 Ability to maintain a good attitude, confidence, tenacity, and intellectual curiosity.

C5 Demonstrates ability and enthusiasm in translating academic research to industrial/business concerns, and vice versa.

C6 Dynamic and innovative, having the ability to identify, create, and seize development opportunities and translate them into effective solutions.

C7 Strategic thinker capable of planning long-term strategic priorities while balancing short-term operational challenges.

C8 Demonstrates excellent organisational skills, project management, and reporting abilities.

C9 Communicates clearly and confidently in both written and audio/visual modes.

C10 Demonstrates the ability to convey technical concepts and technologies to both non-technical and technical people within and internationally.

C11 Capable of understanding and developing commercial and/or business plans, as well as providing constructive criticism and remarks.

C12 Ability to design or advise on the creation of marketing or communication materials for engagement with industry partners or external organisations (understanding the importance of language variances or understandings when communicating across communities).



D1 Effective account management abilities for identifying cross-selling and up-selling opportunities.

D2 Demonstrates the ability to successfully negotiate contracts and cooperative agreements.



E1 Extensive expertise creating strong strategic partnerships with external corporate partners and transforming them into programmes.

E2 Demonstrated ability to influence and negotiate at senior levels in both the public and commercial sectors in order to achieve organisational goals.

E3 Demonstrates extensive expertise establishing value propositions that balance the interests and requirements of internal management and stakeholders, as well as external partners and stakeholders.

E4 Proven track record of developing and delivering new business engagement solutions through collaborative projects.

E5 Experience working in a large and complex organisational setting.


F1 Experience directing teams of top academics and industrialists while driving strategy in a research, innovation, or technology environment.

Terms & Conditions.

The annual salary for Grade 8 will range between £48,350 and £56,021.

This position is full-time (35 hours per week) and open-ended. Relocation aid will be provided where applicable.

The University of Glasgow is responsible for ensuring that all personnel are eligible to reside and work in the UK. If you need a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK, you must first complete the visa route’s eligibility conditions before being awarded a Certificate of Sponsorship.

Please keep in mind that if tradeable points are allowed under the Skilled Worker visa criteria, this post may be eligible for sponsorship. For further information, visit

As a member of Team UofG, you will be part of a globally changing, inclusive community that values ambition, excellence, integrity, and curiosity.

As a respected part of our team, you should expect:

1 A friendly and engaging organisational culture in which your skills are fostered and cultivated, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An good employment package with generous terms and conditions, including 41 days of leave for full-time employees, a pension (pension handbook:, benefits, and discount packages.

3. A flexible approach to employment.

4 Our commitment to your health and wellbeing includes a complimentary 6-month UofG Sport membership for new staff (

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