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Director of Enterprise

Southampton Business School is a successful and widely recognised multidisciplinary School for research, education and enterprise.  A leading UK Russell Group University business school, we bring together experts from a diverse range of fields from management science (i.e., HRM & OB, Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing, Data Analytics and Risk, IT & Management Information Systems) to Accounting, Banking & Finance, Healthcare and Engineering. The heart of this network is driven by research and enterprise. Our triple helix model underpins the execution of our activities where research, education and enterprise are intertwined. Particularly, our integrated enterprise strategy enables us to reinforce our connections with the wider university, and communities we serve. These connections enable us to further deliver impactful research and improve the student learning experience. We are part of the University of Southampton, a world-leading, research-intensive university, with a strong and high-quality educational offering alongside a strong tradition in innovation and enterprise. It is a founding member of the Russell Group – an organisation of 24 top UK universities committed to maintaining the highest research and teaching standards.

Southampton Business School aspires to transforms business and society for the better with a commitment to excellence in all we do alongside our triple helix model. The School fosters an inclusive thought leadership environment and encourages responsible interdisciplinary research and education that makes a sustainable impact. Its core values of Quality, Collegiality, Integrity and Inclusivity create an environment where everyone flourishes. We apply our research-led expertise and creativity to solve the most complex business, societal and environmental challenges. Our world-leading academics deliver management research and education with rigour and relevance, solving real-world problems faced by businesses, organisations, and governments. We are ranked 4th in the UK for Marketing (Guardian University Guide 2023).

About the Role

The School is currently seeking to appoint a Director of Enterprise to provide strategic and operational leadership to realise the School’s Enterprise commitment under the triple helix. The appointee will direct the strategic utilisation of the expertise of colleagues, from across the range of departments in the School, to co-create sustainable solutions with regional and global organisations that change the world for the better. These solutions such as research partnerships and consultancy, will ultimately generate additional streams of revenues for the School.

You will support the implementation of activities for the effectiveness of enterprise related accreditation and processes, including KEF (Knowledge Exchange Framework) planning and monitoring. Additionally, you will nurture the wider enterprise ecosystem by supporting the impact of the school research and enterprise education activities, through the identification of enterprise opportunities, engagement with external stakeholders and the dissemination of best practice in enterprise. In addition, you will have collaborative relationships with the school’s Director of Executive Education to further the ambitious plans for life-long learning and servicing business growth support programmes for the School. Other collaborative relationships will include those with the Director of Internationalisation, Director of the MBA programme, the Employability Officer and  Director of Accreditation.

You will have industry experience in any discipline that supports the research and enterprise education agenda of the Business School. You will possess proven stakeholder engagement skills with the ability to work collegiately across the School and the wider University and experience of developing relationships with regional, national and international business and organisations.

This is an outstanding opportunity to build upon an established integrated enterprise strategy that reinforces the School’s position within the wider university and externally, to play a more effective role in helping businesses innovate and take on best practice that unlocks growth and higher productivity with a proven impact within the School, business and civic organisations, and the wider society.

This will enable Southampton Business School to further deliver truly impactful research and education, to the benefit of businesses, organisations and individuals, including the talent we develop for industry from our growing student base.

What we can offer you

We offer some fantastic benefits including 44 days leave per year (inclusive of public holidays and University closure days), options for flexible working, excellent family leave arrangements (including maternity, paternity, adoption, parental and carers leave), a wide variety of on and off-campus arts and culture facilities and access to a range of staff discounts and offers at local shops, restaurants and service providers.

We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity.

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