Director of Research and Enterprise Services

Job details
Posting date: 30 May 2024
Salary: £76,864 to £82,080 per year
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 16 June 2024
Location: Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Remote working: On-site only
Company: University of Hertfordshire
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 059537

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Post Title: Director of Research and Enterprise Services
SBU/Department: Office of the Vice Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire

FTE: 1 FTE (working 37 hours per week)
Duration of contract: Permanent
Salary: AM3 £76,864pa to £82,080pa by annual increments on achieving designated skills & experience
Annual Leave: 35 days plus standard public holidays and an additional 4 days including the closure of our offices between Christmas and New Year
Location: College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Are you ready to make an impact in research and enterprise activities?
The University of Hertfordshire is seeking to appoint an experienced professional to join our team as the Director of Research and Enterprise Services. In this pivotal role, you will be responsible for the operational management of the University’s research and enterprise portfolio, overseeing and working collaboratively with other Directors and key academic stakeholders to identify and support plans for growth in capacity, income and excellence at the University.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise (PVC R&E), you will shape and deliver a unified team approach across the University’s research, innovation and enterprise strategies to optimise the intellectual, scientific, economic, social and cultural impact of our research, enterprising activity and reputation.
The appointee will enjoy a high level of autonomy and responsibility to achieve strategic and operational goals. The role demands a comprehensive understanding of research and enterprise within higher education and the wider external landscape which influences delivery in areas such as the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and facilitate opportunities for research and enterprise staff and research student capacity building.
Your role will encompass significant decision-making, accountability for improving the success rate of research, innovation and enterprise funding applications, the effective delivery of grants and contracts and oversight of the departmental budget.

Experience and Skills needed
Candidates must have substantial experience at senior level in a research-relevant institution, together with excellent knowledge of the national and international higher education research, innovation and knowledge exchange funding landscapes. You must also have a demonstrable record of managing and developing institutional research portfolios by developing and maintaining strong links with a range of major research and innovation funders.

Educated with a degree (or equivalent qualification), preferably with additional higher education and/or professional development qualifications.

If you believe you have the necessary skills and vision to drive excellence and service delivery, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity.
Please view the job description and person specification for a full list of the duties and essential criteria. Please attach a personal statement showing clearly how your skills and experience match the Person Specification.
Please also upload your full CV as a separate document on the application webpage. Please provide suitable contact details.

We regret that we are unable to offer UKVI sponsorship for this post; applicants will either hold UK Right to Work, or demonstrate access to UK Right to Work, before an offer is made.

Contact Details / Informal Enquiries
Candidates are encouraged to arrange an informal discussion about this post. Please contact Professor Wendy Wills (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise) via her Executive Assistant, Tina Saunders at

Closing Date: 16 June 2024
Interview Date: 02 July 2024
Reference Number: 059537
Date Advert Placed: 30 May 2024

Our vision is to transform lives and UH is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and building a diverse community. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of their protected characteristics, and recognise there are different ways applicants may achieve the criteria in this document. We offer a range of employee benefits including generous annual leave, flexible location opportunities within the UK, discounted Sports Village memberships and Active Staff sessions, personal and professional development and family-friendly policies. #GoHerts

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