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Innovation Manager

Employer: University of the Arts London
Location: Hybrid – UAL Various Sites/Home
Salary: £50,961.00 - £61,398.00 per annum
Contract: Full time
Hours: Full time

Job description

The opportunity

University of the Arts London (UAL) is looking for an Innovation Manager to join our team on a full-time basis.

UAL is a leading UK higher education institution for the Knowledge Exchange (KE) within the creative industries space and it boasts of an extensive global network of public, private and third sector partners. The KE team forms part of the wider cross-UAL Research, Knowledge Exchange, and Enterprise (RKEE) department, and co-ordinates the development, delivery, and monitoring of University of the Arts London’s Knowledge Exchange Strategy and its related activities. These include consultancy, contract research, professional training, collaborative R&D, innovation projects involving students, and enterprise support.

As the Innovation Manager, you will play a key role in developing and managing innovation-focused projects and activities with a particular focus on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Innovate UK-funded projects. You will work pro-actively and collaboratively to develop new external partnership opportunities with academic staff and professional networking with businesses, universities, and funders. 

About you

We are seeking a skilled collaborator with strong expertise of managing funding innovation processes linked to project development and delivery. A self-starter with a passion for innovation and creative industries, you will be able to translate complex ideas into fundable proposals. 

You will be a skilled innovation practitioner with a strong background in developing and managing R&D projects, including the ideation and translation of project ideas into solid funding proposals. You will also possess an impressive track record of managing complex innovation projects in a higher education institution or industry settings. 

Your knowledge of funding management, project and risk management will be crucial for this role, coupled with an in-depth understanding of the IP landscape in collaborative R&D environments. 

If you have a proven track record in achieving tangible results and are ready to take on the challenge of leading our efforts to increase a number of high value KE projects and partnerships while contributing to the overall success of the KE teams and wider UAL family, we would love to hear from you.

We are UAL

University of the Arts London (UAL) offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. We are a collegiate University spread across London with six Colleges, four Institutes and five Research Centres. UAL also has two subsidiary companies, delivering specialist activities – UAL Short Courses Ltd, and UAL Arts Temps Ltd.

We’re made up of all types of people, coming together in London, the world’s creative capital. We are designers, artists, performers, thinkers, researchers and makers. Our students, staff and graduates form a global network of creatives, entrepreneurs and leaders. Together, our ideas change the world. Because the world needs creativity.

We are ranked highly across the board. We are ranked first for specialist art and design, second in the world for Art and Design in the 2023 QS World University Rankings (for the fifth year in a row), ranked fifth in sustainability and two of our colleges were rated in the top three fashion schools in the world.

Closing date: 9 June 2024, 11:55 pm

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