Nexus Director

University of Leeds


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This role is available to current employees at Nexus Leeds Ltd and the University of Leeds only.

Salary: Competitive (depending on experience)

This role will be based at Nexus, Discovery Way, University of Leeds, LS2 3AA (with scope for hybrid working – expectation is that a minimum of 3 days a week are to be spent on campus)

Based in a state-of-the-art £40m development on the University of Leeds campus, Nexus is a thriving community for innovators and entrepreneurs. Operating at the heart of the Leeds Innovation Ecosystem, we bring together the brightest minds from business, technology, and academia. We provide access to world-class research and innovation expertise and consultancy services from the University of Leeds and are a central player in the wider city region, with established links into investors, corporates, professional service firms and local government.

Since launch in 2019, our community has grown quickly, and we now have over 130 high-growth member businesses benefitting from our expertise, facilities and talent. We have ambitious plans to make Leeds a global centre for fast growing start-ups and our community is scaling fast, creating jobs and achieving national and international recognition. We are now a key part of one of the fastest growing tech scenes in the UK and are entering a key period in our development as we look to grow our community and accelerate the growth of our members. 

To deliver this exciting agenda, we are seeking to appoint a Director. You will work closely with the Pro-Vice Chancellor: Business Engagement and Enterprise to ensure that the strategy for Nexus aligns with the University’s Business Engagement and Enterprise Strategy and continues to connect business with our world-class research and expertise to drive greater impact whilst creating new commercial opportunities. By networking extensively across business, industry, government and our academic community you will shape national and international debates on innovation priorities, extending our reach, reputation, profile and impact. 

You will be employed by Nexus Leeds Ltd which is a wholly owned subsidiary company of the University of Leeds. You will have responsibility for overall management of Operations across the facility as well as holding accountability for all legal, financial and personnel responsibilities associated with the subsidiary company.

The successful candidate will bring a proven track record of strategic management and leadership gained in a research-rich commercial/industrial context.  You will have a proven ability to work in a complex organisational structure where authority is derived through influence and persuasion and possess the requisite communication and interpersonal skills to build social capital quickly across our multiple stakeholder communities. Experience of building an extensive network of sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships will be critical, as will a mind-set of innovation and entrepreneurship, underpinned by strong commercial  and operational acumen required to run a business. With a high degree of integrity and excellent judgement, you will also have a genuine commitment to the mission and ethos of Nexus and the wider University.

For further information, including details of how to apply, please contact:

Sarah Bindloss, PA to Dr Martin Stow, PVC Business Engagement and Enterprise 

Email: [email protected]

Benefits package for Nexus Leeds Ltd is available on request.

A covering letter and CV will be required.

Location:  Other
Faculty/Service:  Professional Services
School/Institute:  Research & Innovation Service
Section:  Nexus
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade: 
N/A
Salary: 
p.a.
Competitive Salary
Post Type: 

Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Thursday 15 June 2023
Closing Date:  Sunday 02 July 2023
Reference:  CSRIS1286
Downloads:  Candidate Brief

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