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Digital Asset Office Manager

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Job Title: Digital Asset Office Manager
Salary: £50,702 gross per annum*
Banding: UKRI Band F
Location: Daresbury Laboratory- Warrington
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

*This role is eligible for up to £3,000 Responsibility and Retention Allowance gross per annum


About the Hartree Centre
At the Hartree Centre, we want to see UK businesses outperforming their global competitors. We want to grow the economy, create skilled jobs and train people to excel in them. Most of all, we want to keep the UK at the forefront of industrial innovation. We're making all this happen and more by enabling UK industry to fully embrace and integrate the latest digital and cognitive technologies.

We provide collaborative research, innovation and development services that accelerate the application of high performance computing (HPC), data analytics and artificial intelligence technologies.  By working with us, businesses and research partners can gain a competitive advantage that enables them to produce better outcomes, products and services more quickly and cheaply than through conventional R&D.

We have a technically exciting computing environment, encompassing a wide range of hardware and software technologies.

Reasons our staff enjoy working for us:

  • We’re based at Sci-Tech Daresbury - a lively and dynamic campus bringing together SMEs and leading industry-academic collaborations located in a picturesque semi-rural location with easy access to canal-side and woodland walking.
  • We are less than two miles from the M56 motorway with public transport links and access to Warrington and Runcorn national rail stations. Advice on all aspects of travel to site including car sharing is available at: https://www.sci-techdaresbury.com/the-campus/travel-hub/.
  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Options for flexible or hybrid working patterns are available.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • There are different active sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym for staff.
  • Personal development is key. You will work with your line manager to develop your own Learning and Development plan each year.
  • We value collaborative working across STFC and with our external collaborators such as IBM Research, The University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre, Atos, NVIDIA, Unilever and many more.
  • Diversity and inclusion are important to us. UKRI has a corporate policy on Equality and Diversity which is supported by a Diversity Forum and implementation group.
  • For more information on the rest of our employee benefits, take a look at: http://www.stfccareers.co.uk/why-join/rewards-and-benefits/.

About this role

Could you use your flair for undertaking commercial due diligence to help the Hartree Centre turn our research and ideas into industry-ready solutions that lower the barriers to innovation? Do you pride yourself on having an excellent understanding of the protection and exploitation of intellectual property? Would you like to work in an environment where you can help UK businesses and organisations of any size to explore and adopt cutting edge technologies to enhance productivity, accelerate innovation and drive economic growth?

We are looking for an energetic, self-directed and articulate individual to join the Hartree Centre to set up, manage and lead its’s new Digital Asset Office. Reporting directly to our Associate Director of Operations and working alongside our internal and external partners you will be accountable for ensuring all of the Hartree Centre’s digital assets are professionally managed and exploitable over the long term.

You will collaborate closely with UKRI and STFC innovation and legal teams to support our science, technology, and business development specialists as well as our senior management team to develop, maintain and productize our digital asset portfolio. Leading a small team within our larger Professional Services group, you will provide guidance to senior management on licensing and business transactions involving intellectual property; including ability to prepare patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions in consultation with the Business and Innovation department of STFC

The Digital Asset Office Manager will lead the Excelerate workstream, as part of the Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation (HNCDI). HNCDI is £210m program of government funding which brings together world leading expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing from the Hartree Centre (STFC) and IBM to support the application of cutting-edge technologies in industry and the public sector. The Excelerate workstream is where HNCDI embeds new technologies such as AI into organizations to solve their business challenges.  You will help us turn ideas into industry-ready solutions that address business challenges, lowering the barriers to innovation and creating enhanced products and services.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Provide specialist, professional advice, leadership and support to Hartree Centre staff in relation to the protection and exploitation of intellectual property arising from the creation of Digital assets  
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the centre has a common centralised view of our Digital Assets and their exploitability.
  • Determine the scope and lead the delivery of the required IP and commercial due diligence in relation to invention disclosures, competition law and state aid. Based upon due diligence, prepare written, evidence-based recommendations on the commercial or impact opportunities
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with Business Development, Innovation and Legal teams across STFC and UKRI
  • With support from STFC and UKRI Business Innovation and Legal departments, develop exploitation plans for our digital assets, supporting and monitoring the delivery within agreed timescales
  • Develop and embed Digital Asset management processes and procedures across the centre, following best practices, techniques, and tools for Digital Asset management, tailoring the tools and methodology as appropriate to the situation.
  • Lead the HNCDI Excelerate work stream. Working closely with IBM partners to deliver the program KPIs. You will be expected to report on progress to the HNCDI programme management office and represent the workstream at the appropriate governance boards
  • Manage product and service life-cycles, be able to manage internal and external client expectations
  • Attend meetings with clients and stakeholders and be able to communicate effectively
  • Identify the requirements for project delivery and construct a detailed and workable project plan, working with the centre’s PMO office to identify dependencies and critical paths whilst ensuring adherence to agreed delivery dates and resource profiles.
  • Ensure that problem resolution is handled appropriately and escalated when a decision is required at a more senior level or by another business area

Person Specification
(Please note the below criteria will be assessed at Shortlisting or Interview stage as indicated)

Essential

  • Current or previous experience of working within a digital asset office or innovation environment.
  • Excellent understanding of UK intellectual property, licensing, non-disclosure agreements, invention disclosures, competition law and state aid and how this affects public sector research organizations
  • Ability to interpret complex legal and IP advice/documents and provide clear risk-based advice to managers. Possesses excellent analytical skills, with the ability to apply data in providing solutions and driving strategic business decisions
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, with the ability to build and lead a team
  • Well organized and highly structured individual, with ability to give attention to detail and resolve complex multifaceted issues
  • Good customer-facing skills and an aptitude for exploring use-cases & capturing user requirements. Excellent negotiation, teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Understands and demonstrates the skills needed to work in an research and development environment, preferably in a computing or technology field
  • Demonstrates a proactive attitude to problem solving, handling risks, and escalating issues that arise where appropriate
  • Demonstrates ability in influencing colleagues and collaborators from a wide range of backgrounds and subject areas towards achievement of agreed deliverables
  • Able to absorb technical and legal information and communicate effectively to both specialist and non-specialist audiences of varying seniority
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a computer / business related discipline or hold demonstrable equivalent relevant experience

Desirable

  • Experience of software management and design
  • Experience in in creating user-driven software and services
  • General understanding of AI, data analytics, cloud and HPC technologies
  • Background in business management, computer science and/or software engineering. Technical and business fluency in order to ensure maximal synergy between the technical teams and other stakeholders
  • Our centre uses a range of project management and administrative tools, therefore a good working knowledge of Microsoft office applications such as PowerPoint, SharePoint, Word and Excel will be key
     

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking.  And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

For more information about STFC please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/ 

You can also visit our careers site https://www.stfccareers.co.uk/ 

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

More information can be found at www.ukri.org.  

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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