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Director of Enterprise

Southampton Business School is a leading UK Russell Group University business school that brings together experts from a diverse range of fields, from management (i.e. HRM, Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship), accounting, banking, finance, digital marketing, data analytics to healthcare management and engineering. The heart of this network is driven by research and enterprise.

The University of Southampton’s mission is to change the world for the better. As a world-leading, research-intensive university, with a strong and high-quality educational offering, it is renowned for its 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 transform business and society for the better. 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. The School is currently seeking to appoint a Director of Enterprise to provide strategic and operational leadership of the School’s Enterprise functional area. The appointee will have responsibility for the strategic utilisation of the expertise of colleagues in the School to co-create sustainable solutions with regional and global organisations that change the world for the better. These solutions will ultimately generate additional streams of revenues for the School.

You will support the implementation of activities for the effectiveness of enterprise processes, including KEF (Knowledge Exchange Framework) and monitoring as well as supporting the impact of the school research and educational activities through the identification of enterprise opportunities, engagement with external stakeholders and the dissemination of best practice in enterprise. In addition, you will lead, promote and manage the development of the school’s executive education strategy, programmes and delivery plans to further the ambitious plans for the Business School.

You will hold a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and industry experience in any discipline that supports the research and teaching 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 connections with industry, both nationally, internationally, and within the local community. These connections will enable Southampton Business School to further deliver truly impactful research to the benefit of businesses, organisations and individuals, locally and internationally, and improve the learning experience for all.

Our academic job family has four pathways, built around four key areas of contribution; Research, Education, Enterprise and Leadership and Management.  The extent of an individual’s role in each of these four areas of contribution will be the key determinant of their pathway. Attached are job descriptions based on the three pathways which are consider suitable for this vacancy, Balanced, Education and Enterprise, and the two levels (level 6 and level 7) .

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.

The University of Southampton is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for delivering world-class research and creating a community that values independent thought.

Application procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Kate Pounds (HR Recruitment Team) on 02380 595456 or email and Mark Holleran at TalentEdu, who is assisting us in the recruitment of this post at or +44 203 290 290 7. Please quote reference 1323020TR on all correspondence

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