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Head of Technology Transfer and Partnerships

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Job Introduction

The Head of Technology Transfer and Partnerships is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to ensure the BBC’s world leading research delivers changes to the BBC and the industry in such a way that it support the BBC’s strategies.  The role holder both creates process and tools for use across BBC research and development teams to enable project leaders to effectively transfer their projects and executes more complex transfer projects on behalf of the department.

The role holder works with colleagues in commercial, technical, editorial and regulatory roles at Director level and has significant exposure to external organisations in key transactions.

Role Responsibility

  • Defines, develops and communicates strategy and processes for assuring research insights are transferred to the BBC and industry to deliver the BBC’s strategic objectives.  Transfer strategies can encompass multi-year (5 year +) activity.  Creates departmental process and tools to enable project leaders to execute transfer effectively
  • Is accountable for departmental policies and budget for protecting intellectual property assets and leads decision making for key patent stages 
  • Establishes norms for collaborative and commercial relationships between the BBC and third parties and puts in place structures to assure that research contracts follow those norms
  • Creates and fosters continuing collaborative partnerships with third parties (universities and industrial), ensuring that they are aligned with departmental work plan and that the results of the collaboration can be effectively used by BBC
  • Leads complex commercial negotiations for both collaborative research and licensing of the results of research.  Establishes business models as appropriate for managing exploitation of results.  Brings revenue to the BBC as a result of these contracts.  BBC’s research relies on this revenue to underpin a proportion of its research activity and hence work plan
  • Works with project leads to undertake specific transfer activity as appropriate to the project.  This might include: participating in productions that use the technology, assisting in building case for adoption of technology with colleagues across the BBC or meeting with companies external to the BBC who may adopt the technology (to BBC’s ultimate benefit).
  • Communicates complex concepts and influences diverse groups of stakeholders (sometimes with divergent views) across and outside the BBC to create an environment that is receptive to transfer and enable the transfer of specific technologies
  • Creates processes and tools that enable the BBC to capture and monitor the impact its research has on the BBC and our industry.  Produces reporting to enable the BBC to represent its impact to government and other stakeholders
  • Manages a team of managers and supporting staff to deliver transfer and partnership. Grows team members to deliver on their potential and builds a high performing team
  • Achieves organisational goals while meeting assigned budget.  Anticipates future budget and shifts it as needed to achieve business goals

Are you the right candidate?

  • Excellent broad understanding of technologies (including emerging technologies), intellectual property and licensing issues.  Can act as source of authority in the use of intellectual property
  • A good understanding of the BBC, its regulatory environment, the creative process and media industry.  Ideally strong existing networks throughout the BBC
  • Strong strategic, financial and commercial know-how, likely through an MBA or equivalent exposure to commercial and entrepreneurial businesses
  • Superior problem solving skills addressing multi-part problems with high levels of uncertainty
  • Track-record in delivering complex multi-faceted projects that combine objectives in technology development, influencing people and commercial outcomes
  • Track-record in managing partnerships over several years and through multiple initiatives
  • Very strong interpersonal skills, able to work effectively with different kinds of communities with different norms and communication styles
  • Comfortable communicating with and influencing C-Level / Exec-Level stakeholders
  • Experience in delivering work through people not line managed
  • Ability to define and implement business processes and tools within an organisation

Package Description

12 Months FTC / Attachment

Band F

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 The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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