Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249054
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £72353 - £80392
Date Posted 04 April 2019
Grade STFC-H
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 April 2019
Interview Date 20 May 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £72,353 - £80,392
Grade: RC-H
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th April 2019
Interview Date: 20th May 2019

The Director of Business Development, Space, Technology and Facilities will be responsible for the management of business development in RAL Space, STFC’s research facilities (including the Central Laser Facility, Isis Neutron Source), UKATC (based in Edinburgh) and the parts of Technology Department based at Harwell.

The Director of Business Development, Space, Technology and Facilities will be part of the management team of STFC’s Business and Innovation directorate, and will work closely with the other members of that team to deliver STFC’s objectives in producing ‘impact’. All members of the BID Management team take collective responsibility for the delivery of innovation throughout STFC, not restricted to their own area of line management, and for upholding STFC’s corporate values.

Key Accountabilities

You will be:

  • responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the business development function in RAL Space, STFC’s major research facilities (including the Central Laser Facility and the Isis Neutron Source), the UKATC (based in Edinburgh) and other STFC activities based at Harwell
  • co-ordinate engagement with commercial partners across STFC, in close collaboration with the Director of Daresbury Business Development
  • develop and maintain a portfolio of strategic business and stakeholder relationship (which will include commercial, academic and public-sector organizations), which make a significant contribution to the development of STFC’s delivery of impact and STFC’s financial income
  • manage the collection and distribution of information on income, metrics and relationship
  • manage the people in the team in a diligent and professional manner
  • produce timely and complete business and operational plans and management information as required by STFC management and the Executive Director of Business and Innovation
  • manage the activities of the team on a sound financial basis, including budgeting and delivering external income associated with supplying services to external organizations
  • manage the activities of the team to fully comply with STFC’s SHE policy, and with sound management of all other risks.

In addition you will:

  • work in partnership with Diamond Light Source in relationships with commercial organizations, marketing, programmes to promote facilities access and the collection of impact data
  • support the management of STFC’s research facilities to deliver innovation and impact plans
  • work closely with Innovate UK, Catapult Centres and other parts of UKRI to deliver innovation, to develop engagement with commercial organizations
  • undertake tasks as assigned by the Executive Director of Business and Innovation, and deputizing for that post as required
  • substitute for the Director of Daresbury Business Development as required
  • work in close collaboration with other parts of STFC to deliver business and cluster development, and keeping STFC management, including Executive Board, informed of progress, plans and issues
  • work closely with the Strategy, Performance and Communications Directorate to capture and report impact.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Selection Criteria


  • degree in business, physical sciences or engineering or equivalent experience
  • experience in a technology based company or institution 
  • a track record in growing and managing a pipeline of business opportunities
  • strong technical background
  • experience in a technical research environment
  • excellent leadership ability and experience.


  • PhD in physical science discipline
  • broad technical background and interests
  • membership of professional institution
  • invited speaker or panel member at international conferences
  • experience of producing business cases and high quality funding proposals
  • experience in securing finance from investors for spin-out companies.

Interview Criteria


  • can demonstrate strong sales pedigree and creation of value based propositions
  • ability to present opportunities to customers, stakeholders or investors
  • ability to operate at strategic level with a record of translating organisational vision and strategy into operational requirements
  • commercial acumen
  • experience chairing meetings
  • ability to operate at a strategic level, demonstrate strategic vision and make significant contribution to corporate activities
  • excellent interpersonal skills, able to influence, build and maintain strong working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders; collaborative and consultative
  • good decision-making ability and accountability
  • a strong focus on proactivity, positive solutions and continuous improvement
  • a strong focus on stakeholder engagement and the ability to win trust and support
  • excellent team working ability and collaboration skills, with a high degree of corporate commitment
  • dynamism and a high degree of resilience
  • personal integrity.


  • understanding of commercial contracts
  • familiarity with STFC strategy.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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