Chief Research & Enterprise Officer

Swansea University is a research-led institution that thrives on exploration and discovery. We offer a compelling balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life on our two beachfront campuses. Having celebrated our centenary year in 2020, we are extremely proud of how our University has contributed to the transformation of Swansea as a city of distinction. With over 20,000 students, we have enjoyed a period of tremendous growth. We are ranked Top University in Wales and a Top 30 UK University in the Guardian University Guide 2023.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 identified 86% of our research as three or four star, with over 90% of our impact being classed as having world-leading or internationally excellent reach and significance. The University has an outstanding track record of collaborating with industry and hosts around 40 companies on its two campuses, including the likes of Tata, Airbus and Pfizer.  The University has ambitions to further develop its research profile through collaboration with our local, international, and industrial partners alongside investing in our research infrastructure and staff.  To enable and support the delivery of these ambitions, Swansea has developed a new senior position, the Chief Research & Enterprise Officer.

Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), the Chief Research & Enterprise Officer will oversee the transformation of research and enterprise support services across the University, alongside contributing to strategic development in research and enterprise more generally. This highly influential role will lead on four key areas including research quality, PGR, enterprise and research development, and is a member of the professional services leadership team.  The role will interface with senior academic and professional services colleagues based in the faculties as well as within the central office, including the Chief Operating Officer and Vice-Chancellor.

Strong candidates for the role will bring a track record of leadership across research and/or enterpruise activity.  They will possess experience of developing a dynamic and high-performing culture in support of delivering key services. They will demonstrate experience of strategic transformation across a complex organisation, an excellent customer service ethos and an ability to engage with a range of stakeholders at different levels. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills will be key.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Swansea University on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference WASYR. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). 

Swansea University has an underrepresentation of colleagues from BAME backgrounds in senior leadership positions. We encourage and welcome applications from candidates with BAME backgrounds.

Closing date for applications is: 17:00 on Friday 31st March2023