Director of Research Strategy

Ref: 4288

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Role Managed by:

Harriet Howlett

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 09/09/2019

Formal Interview Date: 30/10/2019

The University of Surrey is delighted to share an exciting opportunity that has arisen to lead the Research Strategy Directorate.

The University of Surrey is a world-class, research-led university committed to research excellence with an impressive reputation and track record of successful conversion of research into societal benefits, through working with business. It has a growing portfolio of research and is recognised as a key driver of regional economic growth, and for its connectivity and strategic partnerships with people, organisations and industry locally, nationally, and globally.

The role of Director, Research Strategy, presents a unique opportunity to join an institution at the forefront of research excellence and innovation. Working closely and collaboratively with the Vice-Provost (Research & Innovation) and the Director of Innovation Strategy, as well as with the Director of Research and Innovation Services, Director of the Doctoral College, Director of the Surrey Research Park, and the Associate Deans of Research and Innovation, the post holder will be a key member of the Research & Innovation leadership team. They will have responsibility, accordingly, for representing the University externally, and will share responsibility for driving Surrey’s research & innovation agenda to grow scale, quality and distinctive capabilities in research, its impact, and innovation. They will lead the strategic development of the University’s Research portfolio, including relationships with strategic partners and collaborators, and will support and manage all strategic aspects, including research strategy, research themes, large funding bids and consortia, and pilots and initiatives.

The ideal candidate will have vocational and strategic management and leadership experience in research management, and will bring broad knowledge and insight into contemporary research topics to the role. They will command the respect of the academic community, be an expert communicator with exceptional negotiating and influencing skills, with experience of complex stakeholder management and partnership building. Evidence of managing large budgets and complex bids is essential, alongside excellent programme and portfolio management skills.

The University of Surrey will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm Perrett Laver. For further details including the job description, person specification and how to apply, please see, quoting reference number 4288.

The deadline for applications is midday 9th September 2019 (BST).

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