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Edinburgh College

Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange

Salary: £72,000

Location: Edinburgh

Edinburgh College is one of Scotland’s biggest Colleges with around 30,000 students across four campuses in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Offering a wide variety of vibrant vocational and academic courses, Edinburgh College provides flexible learning opportunities to suit all learning needs. We offer over 700 courses from access to degree level and continuing professional development to help enhance career ambitions of all students.

Our academic centres have skilled, knowledgeable staff with expertise in specialist areas with industry experience to ensure our students have the most relevant and up to date teaching.  The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of industry and we are continually committed to the highest academic standards and excellence in learning and teaching.

We have established relationships with employers and universities to create a connected community that provides students with strong links to work or further study. We are committed to ensuring our students are prepared for successful careers through work placements, internships, and connections to industry.

The opportunity

We are seeking to appoint an experienced and strategic senior manager with commercial and economic acumen and a proven track record in achieving business growth and diversification against a background of public funding cuts.

As a member of the Senior Management team the Director of Enterprise & Knowledge Exchange will be responsible for growing and diversifying income streams through expanding commercial, international, partnerships and knowledge exchange opportunities in Scotland’s capital college.

We are looking for you to provide vision and leadership across the college with the aim of supporting departments to increase their alternative income, increase professional liaison between curriculum teams, business and other organisations within their relevant sectors, as well as helping drive up commercial revenues.  This liaison will support the College in ensuring our sector specific knowledge is up to date and relevant.

Working with colleagues across the College, the Director will enhance and maximise strong collaboration with business, local and regional stakeholders and national agencies to ensure that our curriculum teams develop the skills training and qualifications required to achieve and sustain positive outcomes in the fast-moving economy.

The Director will focus on alternative income generation by supporting curriculum colleagues to identify, develop and exploit business opportunities. In developing a deep understanding of the Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and wider Scottish economy (including future economic growth potential), the Director will identify funding opportunities and leverage that the College could access by maximising our specialist knowledge, expertise and links with a wide range of businesses and our university partners.

Further information on the position is available at

Application is by way of completion of the application form available at the link noted above.

For a confidential discussion about the position please contact Donogh O’Brien at Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555.