Head of Enterprise and Commercial Services (D11/24.MS)

Location: SAMS, Oban

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week) – hybrid working or on-site preferred

Salary Range: Grade 8, £54,395 – £64,914 per annum

Closing Date: 31st July 2024


Are you a business savvy strategic manager with an understanding of commercialising scientific research for profit, actively looking to lead a dynamic team to provide real world solutions to marine environmental challenges?


The role

Combining SAMS scientific research capability with the Enterprise team’s business expertise in project management, quality and consultancy work, you will lead activity that helps provide industry clients with bespoke science-based solutions and robust products.

Leading an established team of staff including technical product specialists and business support towards growth, you will be the senior manager overseeing all commercial activity for this business area. With over 90 dedicated researchers based at SAMS, there is potential opportunities to make your mark and grow the company further.


Our Ideal candidate, will have:

- Extensive experience delivering successful commercial activities for an academic institute or scientific research environment. Knowledge of marine environment, a bonus.

- A business degree or equivalent experiential learning, to generally lead and manage an SME: financial planning, decision-making, HR/people/EDI matters, etc.

- Highly developed interpersonal skills including influencing and negotiating and effective team management.

- Senior level experience, to lead with credibility and work closely with members of the senior management team and SAMS Board.

- A good track record of commercialising innovative research projects - ideally in environmental science.


About us

SAMS Enterprise Limited is subsidiary company of the SAMS group and ‘the business arm’ of the organisation, focussed on the commercialisation of our special marine science research. Your goal is to help lead the business towards greater profitably, operating as a specialist marine consultancy business, accountable for approximately 20% of SAMS annual income.



The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is a specialist research institute located on the beautiful west coast of Scotland, in the county of Argyll, just a 10-minute drive or 30-minute cycle from Oban at The European Marine Science Park, Dunbeg, Scotland PA37 1QA

Applications are particularly welcome from those already residing from within a commutable distance, or with the means and willingness to relocate. Happy to talk flexible working arrangements, however this role is not appropriate for being fully remote. Onsite, in office and face-to-face working, as well as occasional (inter)national traveling is required.



We would love to hear from you.  If you have queries on the job and would like to talk these through before applying, please email these through, in the first instance, to hr@sams.ac.uk


Applications must include CV and Cover Letter and should be sent electronically to recruitment@sams.ac.uk quoting Job Ref. ‘D11/24.MS’ in the subject heading.


Closing date for application is 31st July 2024 - Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.


Please note: All applicants must provide proof that they can work in the UK.


Full details can be found here: Head of Enterprise Job Description 2024


SAMS Group is committed to being an equal and open organisation. Diversity and inclusion are important to us, and we strive to remove any barriers that may prevent people from applying to join us. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, and from all who share our values and can help us to broaden our knowledge and range of ideas.