The Natural History Museum is accelerating the impact of our science to bend the curve of biodiversity loss and create a future where people and the planet can thrive. The heart of our Vision and Strategy to 2031 creates solutions from, and for, nature. We can generate more impactful solutions if we establish ways to turn our scientific knowledge into scaled products, services and data to produce real-world societal, environmental, and economic value.
The newly formed Innovation Unit at NHM aims to create a pipeline of science-based opportunities, taking ideas from proof-of-concept to market ready products and services. This will build on our existing science commercialization portfolio of consultancy, research contracts, and technical services by finding new and exciting ways to exploit our Intellectual Property (IP) assets and inhouse capabilities, for example via product development, data licensing or new venture creation.
The Science Business Manager will be responsible for overseeing the general operations and successful delivery of the Innovation Unit’s portfolio of live contracts, covering fields of bio and geosciences, scientific imaging and analysis, and molecular diagnostics. Our customers range from governments to global multinationals, and our projects from small-scale consultancy to long-term industry collaboration.
Core operational responsibilities include leading on the composition and submission of Museum-wide pitches/bids for contracts, creating fee and resource models, project programming, coordinating the delivery of consultancy advice through project managers and/or matrix-managed staff, managing contract performance, controlling risk and providing quality assurance.
The post would suit a dynamic self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment and is willing to take on new tasks with a smile on their face. There will be on-the-job learning opportunities, supported via training, relating to commercialisation of IP and technology transfer. A background in science is desirable, but a passion for exploring science’s capabilities to answer some of society’s biggest challenges is essential.
Full details on the role and how to apply can be found here.