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Oxentia is at the forefront of innovation management consultancy, dedicated to pioneering change in the university research and research organisation sector. Our mission is to empower universities and research organisations to achieve impact through innovation. By providing expert guidance, strategic planning, and cutting-edge solutions, we help our clients navigate the complexities of knowledge exchange and commercialisation, ensuring they remain competitive and responsive in the global landscape. We support the development of global innovation. We equip individuals and institutions with skills and knowledge to bring new ideas to life.

We are seeking a Principal Consultant to join our team. You will be instrumental in identifying needs in knowledge exchange and commercialisation for universities and research organisations in the UK and internationally, serving as a primary liaison between Oxentia and our client base. This role requires an experienced strategic and analytical thinker with a deep understanding of university and research organisation dynamics and the ability to scope and lead complex projects. Your mission will be to forge strong relationships with existing clients whilst building the profile of Oxentia with new organisations, understand their unique challenges, and deliver tailored strategies and solutions that promote innovation, commercialisation, operational efficiency, and sustainable growth.

The key responsibilities of the role are listed below. The list is not exhaustive, and the successful candidate will be expected to complete tasks reasonably requested by their line manager. If you’re unsure whether you’d be a good fit, please get in touch for a chat!

Key responsibilities:

  • Act as a primary point of contact for university and research organisation clients in the UK and internationally, establishing and nurturing strong professional relationships.
  • Develop, lead and manage consultancy projects focused on innovation management, strategic planning, and transformation within the higher education sector, ensuring excellent outcomes for our clients.
  • Collaborate with senior decision-makers and stakeholders in universities and research organisations to ensure the successful implementation of recommended strategies and initiatives.
  • Conduct in-depth analyses to understand client institutions’ specific challenges, goals, and operational environments.
  • Develop bespoke strategies and innovative solutions to enhance institutional performance, student engagement, and academic outcomes.
  • Facilitate workshops, training sessions, and seminars tailored to client needs, fostering a culture of innovation among faculty, staff, and leadership.
  • Keep abreast of latest trends, technologies, and best practices in change management, knowledge exchange and commercialisation to provide informed advice and maintain thought leadership in the field.
  • Support wider business development activities across the business by identifying new opportunities and contributing to proposals and client presentations.


  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent experience.
  • Strategic leadership role in university, research organisation or consultancy environment with a focus on commercialisation and impact.
  • Demonstrated success in leading innovation projects and organisational change in universities/research organisations.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the commercialisation landscape for universities and research organisations, including regulatory, technological, societal and competitive challenges.
  • Exceptional relationship-building and stakeholder management skills, with a proven ability to engage and influence senior-level stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical, strategic, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Willingness to travel as needed to meet with clients and stakeholders.

Personal Attributes:

  • A deep passion for early-stage innovation commercialisation and a belief in the power of innovation to transform the sector.
  • Highly motivated with a proactive approach to problem-solving and project management.
  • Leadership qualities that inspire teamwork, confidence, and innovation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse range of clients and colleagues.
  • Have well established networks and professional profile.
  • Adaptability and flexibility in the face of changing client needs or project requirements.

What We Offer:

  • Competitive salary and benefits including bonus potential, private health care and pension.
  • Professional development opportunities in a dynamic and supportive environment.
  • The opportunity to make a lasting impact with national and international universities and research organisations through your work.

Interested candidates should send a CV and cover letter explaining their interest in the role, relevant experiences, and why they are the best fit for this position to

Application deadline:

We are recruiting via an open application process and will be conducting first round interviews on an ongoing basis until Friday 7 June.

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