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Head of Commercial Innovation Unit

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    Central Government

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    £80,000 - £85,000

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    James Greengrass

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  • Published:

    19 days ago

Location: London or Wakehurst, West Sussex

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) was founded in 1759, and from its beginnings as a Georgian royal garden it has become a global centre for plant and fungal science, tackling urgent environmental challenges. It has two main botanic garden sites: Kew Gardens in south-west London, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Wakehurst in West Sussex, which is home to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank. We also have a permanent research office in Madagascar, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.

Science has always been the heart of Kew’s purpose. With some 350 members of staff, Kew Science has an extensive research programme that spans the study of genes through to ecosystems – from the analysis of genomes to the discovery and identification of new species and the impact of climate change on the wild relatives of crops. Our collections, our people and our partnerships enable us to make an invaluable and highly relevant contribution to some of the biggest issues facing the global population, such as biodiversity loss and climate change. We do this through research, conservation, training and inspiring others about the importance of plant and fungal science.

We are now looking to appoint an outstanding individual to lead our Commercial Innovation Unit (CIU).They will play a key role in the CIU’s development and operation, providing commercial and scientific expertise to enhance and extend RBG Kew’s commercial science activities such as industry-funded R&D, commercial collaborations and contract research, and the commercialisation of RBG Kew science for licensing. The Head of CIU will also make a contribution to the unit’s strategy from the outset.

This is an exciting and challenging role and will suit those with a successful track record of translation and commercialisation of scientific research in an academic or commercial institute.They will also bring experience of building relationships and partnerships internally and externally (both nationally and internationally), between academic and commercial organisations.The Head of CIU will also bring the ability to engage and inspire a multidisciplinary team as well as a successful track record as a senior operator with demonstrable strategic acumen.

For further information about the role, please download the candidate pack under Supporting Documentation below:


Candidate Information Pack

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Candidate Supporting Information Form

Closing date for applications is: 9:00am GMT Monday 8th November