Head of Commercialisation


The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research and skills development. Our mission is to make significant scientific breakthroughs in electrochemical energy storage research in the global race to electrification. We manage large research programmes across more than 20 universities with more than 400 researchers and 50 industry partners across the UK. 

The Faraday Institution started its research programme in 2018 and as the research is now giving rise to significant inventions and innovations, we require a role to lead our commercialisation activities. This is a key role in the organisation’s senior team, offering the opportunity to make a significant impact by developing the innovations and technology into opportunities that are attractive to industry and investors. The Head of Commercialisation will identify intellectual property generated within the Faraday Institution’s research programme and develop commercial pathways leading to applications in commercial use.

This role will report to the CEO and work closely with the other members of the executive team. Other key relationships will be with the CTO, the Head of Programme Management, Head of Technology Transfer, CFO, Chief Scientist, Principal Investigators, and other members of the research programmes. They will develop relationships with potential stakeholders across industry, the universities, government and potential funders.  

Objectives and Responsibilities of the Role:

-Continuously assess the exploitation potential of breakthrough discoveries as they are generated by the large-scale Faraday Institution.

-Manage the full life cycle of commercialisation projects from identification of opportunities to concluding commercial deals, whilst managing the evaluation of opportunities, risk, IP protection and negotiation of commercial partnerships.

-Develop strong working relationships with potential stakeholders including funders, industry, university researchers and technology transfer offices, and professional advisors and proactively accelerate new discoveries into the next phases of commercialisation by:

--convening collaborations and consortia;

--collaboratively scoping and generating commercialisation roadmaps and enabling the initial phases of work;

--codeveloping projects and supporting their access to public and private innovation funding.

-Negotiate and conclude commercial arrangements around the commercialisation programme.

-Support the Faraday Institution programme management team and help to identify pathways to impact for the technology developed on Faraday Institution projects and to ensure the projects remain commercially relevant throughout their duration.

Skills and Experience:

-Sufficient understanding of the science, engineering, economics and social benefits of batteries and other forms of energy storage to effectively evaluate and develop commercial opportunities.

-Experience of successfully developing innovations to commercial opportunities.

-Experience of engaging (or at a minimum the ability to engage) with relevant industries (primarily automotive, but also energy).

-Strong analytical capabilities.

-The ability to exercise leadership and influence others.

-Experience working with VCs or the venturing arm of a large organisation would be advantageous.

Personal Attributes:

-Energetic - able to juggle multiple projects, work at pace and bring projects to successful conclusions.

-Proven track record in ability to engage with a range of stakeholders and pull together complex, multi-partner agreements.

-Perseverance and sensitivity to work across organisations at multiple levels.

-Passion for making the UK a centre for batteries and energy storage.

-Behaviour that inspires others in the mission of the Faraday Institution.


Location: Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, near Oxford, UK

The Faraday Institution are an equal opportunity employer and welcome diversity in all its forms.

Applications should be sent to jobs@faraday.ac.uk and should include a CV, covering letter and details of your current remuneration package.

Closing Date: 22nd January 2021


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