Director of Research and Innovation

Location: London

Salary range: Salaries will be on the appropriate salary scale and will be commensurate with experience.

The salary scale starts at step 48.5 (£76,196 per annum) and can be found here

Opening date: 13 December 2022

Closing date: Noon, 13 January 2023

LSE is a global community of people and ideas in the heart of central London. We're a specialist social sciences university, ranking third in the world in the QS subject rankings 2022 and as the top university in London in the Complete University Guide 2023. We have 29 academic departments and institutes, 19 research centres and seven academic partnerships with universities across the world. Last year, LSE had 11,689 full-time students, 52% of whom were postgraduates and 51% from overseas. Our ambition is to be the leading social science university with the greatest global impact.

Our world-leading research is the foundation on which the School's global reputation is built and knowledge exchange and the impact of our research is central to the School’s mission ‘for the betterment of society’. The School is a leader in exploiting impacts through commercial and social innovation and in the full potential of students and alumni to make a difference through entrepreneurship.

We are now looking for a new Director of Research and Innovation to provide leadership to this critical function. The Director will lead a division of around 50 colleagues comprising seven teams that support academic colleagues with external and internal research grants and contracts, knowledge exchange and impact, consulting opportunities and innovation (commercialisation) initiatives, as well as broader support for the School’s research environment and external engagements and supporting students and alumni with entrepreneurship training and start-ups. The Director will report to the Pro- Director (Research).

Strong candidates for the role will have a track record of successful team leadership, with the ability and background to articulate a credible vision for the future of research and innovation services and promote that vision within the institution. They will have experience of developing new ideas and initiatives through to successful implementation to improve existing services or create new ones. Experience of successfully managing change would be advantageous. They will have exceptional communication skills and the ability to engage effectively with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders. A deep understanding of the higher education and research and innovation landscape and experience of operating in research-intensive environments will be highly beneficial.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the LSE on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference IALBD. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Friday 13th January.

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