• Head of Industry Engagement

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(02/08/2018 11:25)
    Job ID
    Industry Engagement
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Permanent Full-Time
    Salary Max
    GBP £76,882.00/Yearly
    Salary Min
    GBP £61,506.00/Yearly
    Pay Band
  • Job Scope

    Permanent post - also available as a one year secondment

    Reports to: Chief Strategy Officer
    Line manages: 1 Programme Manager, 1 Senior Officer and 1 Officer
    Location: London but with the expectation of travel across the UK
    Pay Band: F (£61,506 to £76,882 per annum). Salary will be commensurate with experience
    Hours: 35 hours per week with some flexibility about working hours given the nature of the role. The Royal Society has flexible start/finish times around a core working day (10am to 4pm).


    Please state your current and expected salary in your cover letter application. Anyone wishing to have an informal discussion about the possibilities should contact Lisa McQuirns on lisa.mcquirns@royalsociety.org. Please submit CV and application letter to Lesley Miles via the Royal Society application portal. Applications close on Thursday 6 September 2018. Interviews to be held week commencing Monday 13 September 2018.


    The Royal Society 

    The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. It is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as reflected in its founding charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

    The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas. In recent years these include graphene, organic LEDs, the World Wide Web, quantum matter and information, magnetic resonance imaging, IVF, DNA sequencing, genetic fingerprinting and understanding the cell cycle. The Society is also engaged in global challenges such as climate change, energy, food and water security as well as emerging areas of science and technology such as data and AI and genetic technologies.



    Business is the engine of the UK economy and industry undertakes nearly two thirds of UK Research and Development. High quality research and development fuel economic growth and the creation of skills, high-value jobs and entrepreneurial businesses in our knowledge-driven economy. This means that the flow of ideas and skills between the research base, business, public and charity sectors is crucial to future prosperity.

    The Society has established a science, industry and translation programme to promote industrial science and translation. It aims to bring together industry, academia and government to advance ideas and support scientists in industry and those in academia who wish to develop their research into commercial products. The programme covers a broad range of academic disciplines and industrial sectors and also considers the full range of company sizes.

    Activities include a regional conference series and a scientific meeting series, which brings together representatives from industry, academia and government to discuss the major scientific and technical challenges of the next decade. The Society funds industry fellowships and has recently launched a new Entrepreneurs in Residence programme There are also sets of case studies that Illustrate the achievements of RS funded individuals in industry and academia.

    Examples of the Society’s industry and innovation work can be found on the Society’s website https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/industry-innovation/


    The Society is now looking to take its science, industry and translation programme to the next stage and is looking for an energetic and innovative individual to lead this development and to create greater engagement between the Society and industrial science, to help promote the development of an entrepreneurial mind-set amongst the research community and to work with academia and industry to support translation and provide evidence for increased investment in the science base.


    This will include working with Fellows of the Society with industry connections, current and past Industry Fellows and a broader group of scientists with translation interests as well as a range of partner organisations who share the same aims. It will also involve working with colleagues in the Society to ensure that the industry voice is incorporated across the Society’s activities including in the advice it provides to policy makers and its STEM education programmes, particularly with a view to addressing skills gaps in UK science.

    Key responsibilities

    • Leading, developing and delivering the industry and translation programme of activities as agreed by the Science, Industry and Translation Committee.
    • Building robust and high level networks amongst different industrial sectors, universities and partner organisations with an interest in industry and translation.
    • Ensuring that industrial science is embedded into the core activities of the Royal Society and that the Society is regarded as a leading supporter of industry and translation.
    • Leading the Science, Industry and Translation team within the Society 

    Key Knowledge and Skills Required

    The person

    The Head of Industry Engagement will require a demonstrable passion for supporting innovative businesses and researchers, considerable personal energy, sound judgement, strong written and oral communication skills and must be a willing and able team player. The individual must be able to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders and develop and maintain relationships.

    Skills and experience

    • Good level of experience of working in or with Industry Research and Development teams or in a university or technology organisation with a track record of translating research ideas into commercial products.
    • Demonstrable track record of developing and implementing projects.
    • Demonstrable track record of developing effective relationships with multiple stakeholders and partnership working.
    • The ability to motivate and grow high performing teams.




    ·        Identifies difficult situations

    ·        Recognises stress in others and takes steps to reduce it

    ·        Controls pressurised situations

    ·        Effectively enthuses those in the team

    ·        Proactively sets goals and targets for own work

    ·        Embraces new opportunities, responds to new risks and takes on new responsibilities

    ·        Encourages others to seize opportunities

    ·        Recognises when it is appropriate to resist the objections of others and remain committed to a sound course of action


    Working with others

    ·        Actively seeks ideas and criticisms from within the team

    ·        Resolves conflicts within and between teams

    ·        Embeds feedback processes within the team

    ·        Seeks out new networks that will create opportunity for the Society

    ·        Able to present complex issues simply

    ·        Uses discretion, tact and empathy when negotiating with and/or seeking to influence others

    ·        Understands the need to manage expectations and to only promise what is deliverable

    ·        Demonstrates compassion in delivering hard messages

    ·        Leads and facilitates group discussions, surfaces and clarifies issues and keeps conversations focused, productive and constructive

    ·        Enlists champions to keep key messages alive and make them real

    ·        Acts as a role model, continuously demonstrating communication excellence and regard for the value of building shared vision and direction

    ·      Remains calm in front of challenging audiences, never diminishing others

    ·      Looks for opportunities to assemble a diverse group to discuss respective views

    ·      Keeps people at the table by articulating an outcome or goal that engages and encourages active participation

    ·      Shares resources across organisational boundaries to meet Society needs

    ·        Uses negotiation skills and adaptability to encourage recognition of joint concerns, collaboration, and to influence the success of outcomes

    Resource management

    ·        Determines strategy and deployment of resources, balancing cost and benefit; risk and potential for maximum impact across significant business areas

    ·        Manages complex cross-cutting projects to time, budget and specification

    ·        Ensures others accept responsibility towards results or quality

    ·        Sets the quality standards for own business areas in accordance with strategy and contributes to the formulation of quality standards across the Society

    ·        Sets and monitors priorities

    ·        Identifies and manages risk effectively

    ·        Analyses potential for surplus or loss, risks and/or return-on-investment of various courses of action

    ·        Demonstrates a solid understanding of the culture and recognises limitations in order to ensure that plans, actions and timelines will be effective.

    ·        Directs the creation of forums and discussion opportunities to generate innovative and breakthrough ideas, exposing others to experts and ideas to stimulate new thinking

    ·        Translates vision/knowledge to others to enable shared understanding and rapid execution

    ·        Facilitates the team to assess the viability of ideas based on a number of likely scenarios

    ·        Has patience and allows time for appropriate planning and engagement to take place in projects and day-to-day deliverables

    Critical thinking

    ·        Uses questioning, analytical and probing skills to ‘dig deeper’

    ·        Knows when enough information has been obtained and adapts presentation of information to the needs of the audience

    ·        Evaluates the benefits, practicalities and value for money of ideas and obtains feedback

    ·        Makes sound decisions in a complex or ambiguous environment and is able to gain support and manage challenges confidently

    ·        Directs the creation of forums and discussion opportunities to generate innovative and breakthrough ideas, stimulates new thinking

    ·        Sees issues and mitigates as necessary the implications of a proposal.

    ·        Justifies key results and procedures, explains assumptions and reasons.

    ·        Correctly evaluates the credibility of sources and correctly judges the strength of an argument

    ·        Fair-mindedly follows where evidence and reasons lead



    ·        Actively seeks the input and opinions of others, often outside his/her section and accommodates and incorporates this thinking into any output.

    ·        Actively seeks new challenges and projects; leads discussions surrounding new ideas, approaches and projects

    ·        Anticipates need for innovation and seeks new ideas, approaches and solutions

    ·        Demonstrates courage by deciding and acting in the face of uncertainty

    ·        Works in a balanced fashion, managing tough calls by being adaptable and flexible to ensure needs of competing stakeholders are fairly and equitably met

    ·        Acts with foresight to anticipate and analyse many different scenarios

    ·        Acknowledges ambiguity and works with team to identify understand and manage polarities and other complex situations


    Managing people and relationships

    ·        Sets expectations of others and ensures they deliver

    ·        Demonstrates a positive attitude towards work, celebrating success and instilling confidence, which encourages the same from others

    ·        Encourages others to share ideas and participate in the discussion and decisions of the team

    ·        Assesses needs of clients/stakeholders/staff and makes plans to meet these needs

    ·        Avoids micromanagement by delegating fully and giving latitude to others to do tasks in own way, including opportunity to make and learn from mistakes

    ·        Acts as a talent builder by challenging people with questions and assignments that will grow their capabilities

    ·        Coaches and mentors’ others, providing career guidance and perspective

    ·        Demonstrates compassion in delivering hard messages

    ·        Establishes personal relationships with customers, building an understanding of broader needs, issues, and aspirations beyond those solely applicable to the Society products or services

    ·        Uses knowledge to develop appropriate longer-term relationship management strategies

    ·        Assesses the long-term value of various types of external customers and manages each type appropriately

    ·        Ensures ‘one-customer’ mindset and offers customer exposure to the full breadth of products and services, as appropriate




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