Commercial Director


12th February 2023

As Commercial Director, you will lead the strategic and operational development of the University’s commercial activities, driving commercial value with targeted growth in revenue and surplus to support the university’s strategic objectives.

As a senior member of the Finance & Infrastructure team with a direct reporting line to the Chief Financial Officer, you will be responsible for leading and developing the Commercial Team to develop and deliver the University’s Commercial strategy. You will identify and manage the delivery of a portfolio of activities to diversify sustainable and profitable revenue streams beyond traditional tuition fees and grants and mitigate commercial risk.

You will develop commercial relationships with suppliers and partners to ensure that we are positioned to exploit current and emerging commercial opportunities and that our key strategic suppliers are delivering maximum value to the university. The role will include advising on commercial aspects of contracts and partnerships, project appraisals and due diligence liaising with funders, lawyers, and other commercial advisors together with senior management across the University.

You will have operated at a senior level within a complex organisation or environment and will bring substantial commercial contracts experience. You will be able to demonstrate a successful track record of developing and launching new commercial initiatives resulting in income growth and diversification and of delivering organisational value from suppliers.

We are looking for someone who is committed to the University’s values of Inclusivity, Ambition, Openness, Fairness and Respect, and who supports our vision to be a university without borders, where we embrace the opportunities presented to us by a changing world, and where ambitious people and a creative culture will enable us to change the world for the better.

The role is offered on a full-time, permanent basis.

This executive search process is being managed by GatenbySanderson. For information about this opportunity, the job description, person specification and how to apply please visit here or contact Stephanie Crossland via or 0113 268 0704.

Closing Date: Midnight on Monday 13th February 2023


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