Professor of Business Innovation

Job title: Professor of Business Innovation

Department: Land and Property Management

Responsible to: Dean of Land and Property Management

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6JS

Salary: Grade 12: £70,918- £79,795 per annum pro rata.

Hours: Full-time (1.0 FTE); 35 hours per week

Term: Permanent

Relationships with: External: farming networks, innovation policymakers and researchers, research funders, Internal: Centre for Effective Innovation in Agriculture, Farm491, academics, Business Development Team, students.

Closing date: 12 February 2024

The Purpose

Agriculture and food business are in a rapid period of innovation and change. Businesses need to change, at scale and fast, in order to address climate, nature and health crises. The RAU is well placed to support this need for Business Innovation by working both with large global agrifood companies tackling significant business and policy challenges, and student entrepreneurs that are participating in our award-winning Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme (EEP).

This post will provide academic leadership in a relevant business discipline to support our ambitions in this area. We are seeking an ambitious academic that is passionate about the national and global opportunities for business in the land-based sector who will act as champion for the business and employability skills of undergraduate and postgraduate RAU students. Successful applicants will have specialist expertise in agri-food business and will be able to demonstrate strengths in one or more of the following areas: business strategy, leadership, food supply chain management, finance, intellectual property, entrepreneurship and innovation.

The post holder will also provide academic input into our own Business Development Team, which includes responsibility for Business Innovation and Growth. This Team works in partnership to drive our future strategy to support business partners, develop new business models and innovative offerings, in food, farming and agricultural sector. This work is closely linked to the RAU’s most significant investment, the Innovation Village, which is currently under development.

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