Head of Commercial Portfolio

Ref: 7220

The Francis Crick Institute

London, UK

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Role coordinated by:

Lucy Roper

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive with benefits, subject to skills and experience

Closing Date: 22/04/2024

Formal Interview Date: Thursday 30th May 2024

The Francis Crick Institute is an internationally renowned biomedical research institute whose mission is world-class discovery research to understand how living things work and to drive benefits for human health. The Crick plays a crucial national role and has global reach, bringing together people and expertise from different scientific disciplines. It works with organisations in the academic, clinical and industrial spheres, creating a space to deliver its distinctive vision of discovery without boundaries, and supporting the translation of discoveries into health benefits.

Led by Sir Paul Nurse, we are a unique partnership between six of the world’s leading biomedical research organisations – the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, University College London, Imperial College London and King’s College London. Located in a state-of-the-art building in central London, the Crick houses over 2,000 staff and more than 100 research groups.

The Chief Business Office has been created to establish an expanded translational and commercial offering from the Crick. There are four core functions: Translation & Entrepreneurship, Commercial Strategy and Portfolio, Business Development, and Business Operations.

The Commercial Strategy and Portfolio team is a new function within the Chief Business Office, responsible for capturing business opportunities based on the expertise and infrastructure of the Crick and generating sustainable financial income for reinvestments into discovery research. As part of the Chief Business Office Senior Leadership Team, the inaugural Head of Commercial Strategy and Portfolio will drive a step-change in the breadth and depth of commercial activities at the Crick, identifying new opportunities, leveraging their experience of establishing mutually beneficial working relationships in complex operating contexts, and engaging across the organisation to support and motivate colleagues at all levels to interface effectively with the commercial portfolio. With excellent leadership skills, the Head of Commercial Strategy and Portfolio will have the ambition and drive to build and develop a high-performing, results focussed team with the ability to identify opportunities and develop new business projects that will secure commercial investment streams.

In addition to embodying and demonstrating our core Crick Values (Bold; Open; Collegial), candidates will bring experience leading commercial teams, ideally in a scientific or research focussed environment. Candidates will also have proven experience of identifying and delivering new business projects from insightful analysis with the ability to balance risks and projections and the ability to drive commercial strategy. An adept communicator and negotiator, with demonstrable mental agility complemented by diplomacy and resilience, the successful candidate will evidence commitment to the Crick’s core mission, and the flexibility of approach to enable them to deliver in context.

Salary: Competitive with benefits, subject to skills and experience

Job title: Head of Commercial Portfolio

Reports to: Chief Business Officer 

Contract term: This is a full-time permanent position on Crick terms and conditions of employment

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How to Apply

Candidates wishing to apply should submit a CV (including comprehensive details of key achievements and responsibilities) along with a covering letter which fully addresses the competencies outlined in the role description and person specification.  

The closing date for applications is 9:00am (BST) on Monday 22nd April 2024.

For an informal and confidential discussion about this position, please contact Lucy Roper at Perrett Laver via lucy.roper@perrettlaver.com or +44 (0)20 3928 7358. 


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