Head of Collaboration and HealthTech Lead

Nexus, University of Leeds

Competitive salary with excellent benefits package

The University of Leeds is one of the top 100 universities in the world with a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first class student education, along with world class research that has a real impact through commercialisation of technology and working with businesses.  Nexus, the innovation hub at the University has gained a national reputation for curating a dynamic, innovative community of fast-growing businesses that partner holistically to access research expertise, facilities, skills and talent.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced, relationship-focussed, senior professional to join the management team of Nexus to bring commercial benefit from collaboration between academia, business, and service professionals.  From its high specification, design-led facility, the organisation continues to deliver on its’ ambitious plans for staff, tenants, associates, and the wider innovation environment to deliver economic and societal benefit through an increasing network of partners, suppliers, and affiliates.  Publicly owned, strongly commercial and community driven, Nexus offers exemplary service levels to a diverse range of partners, start-ups, and individuals to deliver a great place to work, a great place to connect and a great place to drive innovation.

Reporting to the Director of Nexus, University of Leeds, the successful candidate will offer a sectorial emphasis on the support and development of HealthTech businesses, whilst providing high-level strategic direction, advice, and expertise across the Nexus’s community to enhance and drive collaboration with the University and the Region.  Leading the collaboration strategy for high growth potential businesses, and translating needs into academic opportunities, the individual will lead and execute cross-sector, relationship-driven strategy for Nexus ensuring that the community works with the businesses which can offer the biggest value for the University and the wider region.  This is a senior and influential role, and the right individual will have the opportunity to contribute to the overall long-term development of the wider Nexus business.


Candidates, ideally qualified to degree level or a higher degree in a science/technical discipline, with demonstrable experience of managing a portfolio of collaborative R&D projects and demonstrable knowledge of the HealthTech sector, will offer a broad understanding of innovation processes, be skilled at working at the Public/Private interface and possess exceptional people skills.  Experienced in team leadership, the successful candidate will demonstrate drive, tenacity and excellent financial awareness coupled with exemplary communication & presentation skills.  Listening, influencing and sound judgement will all be key competencies along with high levels of integrity, a desire to build strong relationships both internally and externally and a positive, enthusiastic outlook which will engage others.


For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Steve Bennett, our retained consultant on Tel: +44 (0)1270 875710 or via at 2203@transitionplus.co.uk.  The closing date for applications is Wednesday 18th May 2022.

Job Details

Full Time
Leeds, England
Degree Level or Equivalent
April 20, 2022