Commercial Director
Aarhus University

Aarhus University is a research-intensive university that puts a great impact on society through excellent research, education, advice and innovation. The university wants to make an even bigger impression by strengthening entrepreneurship and innovation in close cooperation with business and other partners. Among other things, the University of Aarhus will bring research results into play through several knowledge-heavy spin-out companies, help to strengthen innovation in existing companies, and generally strengthen collaboration with business and society.

Aarhus University therefore wants to strengthen the top management with a business director who will be at the forefront of this significant, strategic initiative. In addition, the business director must lead the newly created department 'Business and Innovation'. The Business Director refers to the University's Rector and is a member of the University's Central Business Committee, which in addition to the Business Director consists of the Rector, Pro-Rector, the University Director and five deans. An exciting ambassador position The main task of the Business Director is to create an even stronger innovation and entrepreneurial environment at Aarhus University. In addition, the director, together with managers and employees, must further develop the university's cooperation with companies and public organizations.

The task is to further develop and secure Aarhus University's position as a valuable and indispensable partner for business in Denmark. The knowledge that is found in Aarhus University's research and education environments must benefit private and public companies even more. 

The Chief Executive's primary duties are to

  • lead, build and develop the newly created central unit 'Business and Innovation', which brings together a number of the university's current business-oriented activities
  • be a member of the University's Central Business Committee, which makes overall decisions regarding the University's business cooperation
  • promote already ongoing business and innovation activities, research collaborations, and project collaborations between students and businesses
  • build relationships with relevant management and research environments at Aarhus University, and facilitate collaborations with both private and public companies
  • create and develop an active network that promotes and supports this effort
  • create an inspiring and evolving work and study environment where employees and students thrive and have the best conditions to realize their potential. 

Creates results in the intersection of research and business The
business director becomes the university's face both inwardly and outwardly in terms of business activities. Therefore, we expect you to have achieved significant results in collaboration with (or in) private and public companies, as well as have significant insight into the organization and work of a large academic knowledge organization. You have broad experience in the intersection between knowledge, commercialization and business, as well as a background that enables you to navigate and act credibly at a university. Personally, you are characterized by integrity, energy and good mood. 

You have developed your leadership skills over several years and are experienced as a motivating and unifying leader who knows how to lead in a complex organization with many stakeholders. It is also important for success in the position that you have the ability and the will to put all the talents, skills and curiosity of the talent into play. 

You work persistently and results-oriented, and you have an outreach approach to people and opportunities. Your communication is clear and credible with respect and decency in relation to others. You have the power and ability to establish value-creating relationships between Aarhus University and business. You are motivated by Aarhus University's core tasks and ambitions in the business area and you are able to create a shared will to fulfill them. 

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