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Head of Enterprise and Commercial Services – SAMS

Location: SAMS, Oban

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week) – hybrid working or on-site preferred

Salary Range: Grade 8, £54,395 – £64,914 per annum (DOE)

Closing Date: 30th June 2024


Are you a business savvy strategic manager with an understanding of commercialising scientific research for profit, actively looking to lead a dynamic team to provide real world solutions to marine environmental challenges?

The role

Combining SAMS scientific research capability with the Enterprise team’s business expertise in project management, quality and consultancy work, you will lead activity that helps provide industry clients with bespoke science-based solutions and robust products.

Leading an established team of staff including technical product specialists and business support towards growth, you will be the senior manager overseeing all commercial activity for this business area. With over 90 dedicated researchers based at SAMS, there is potential opportunities to make your mark and grow the company further.


Our Ideal candidate, will have:

– Extensive experience delivering successful commercial activities for an academic institute or scientific research environment. Knowledge of marine environment, a bonus.

– A business degree or equivalent experiential learning, to generally lead and manage an SME: financial planning, decision-making, HR/people/EDI matters, etc.

– Highly developed interpersonal skills including influencing and negotiating and effective team management.

– Senior level experience, to lead with credibility and work closely with members of the senior management team and SAMS Board.

– A good track record of commercialising innovative research projects – ideally in environmental science.

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