Licensing Manager - Further Education and Skills

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Hybrid - Any of our hubs - UK
Libraries, learning resources and research
circa £40,000 per annum plus excellent benefits
Full Time
35 hours

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Licensing Manager - Further Education and Skills
Salary: from £40,000 per annum negotiable depending on experience
Contract: Permanent - when working full time (35 hours per week)
Location: Hybrid or at any of our hubs

About Jisc:
Jisc is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. We operate shared digital infrastructure and services; negotiate sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers; and provide trusted advice and practical assistance for universities, colleges and learning providers.

We believe in technology for good - in improving lives through education and research. Our people want to make a real change – at Jisc, everyone plays a key role and gets the chance to feel part of it, that to us is the definition of a meaningful career. Being a social enterprise means that no matter how small our individual actions are, the positive impact on our collective is huge.

Our people are at the heart of our success, and everyone plays a key role and gets the chance to feel part of it, that to us is the definition of a meaningful career.
Our story will be written by those ready to take on challenges and see them through; the kind of people who never stop learning, celebrating differences and using it to drive better solutions.

About the team:
This fantastic opportunity sits within our Digital Resources directorate who delivers services that support the procurement, licensing, management, discovery and use of content and software for UK further education, higher education and research. Our products are: licensing (content and software), open research, content and discovery.
We aim to be world leaders in licensing negotiation, intelligence and analytics. The agreements we negotiate and the products and services we provide are shaped directly by the needs of our members, customers and funders – captured through our strategic and advisory groups and continual engagement with stakeholders.
In the next two years we have an ambitious roadmap to support teaching and learning where we aim to transform the ways in which universities and colleges deliver teaching through providing affordable and equitable access to the next generation of content and software. This includes courseware, AR/VR, personalised and adaptive learning and open content that leverage technology to provide an outstanding student experience.

The role:
As a Licensing Manager, Further Education and Skills you’ll negotiate innovative agreements on behalf of UK Further Education colleges and skills providers. These pioneering agreements will meet current and future teaching and research needs and meet the financial challenges institutions face.

The role will play a key part in the delivery of our FE strategy and helping institutions meet the government ambitions including the establishment of a technical education system, that rivals the best in the world, to stand alongside our world-class higher education system, invest in maths, digital and technical education and help to address the shortage of STEM skills.

You’ll champion long-term relationships with FE senior leaders, learning technologists, librarians, publishers, and intermediaries and maintain a deep understanding of sector finances and the current and emerging requirements of FE and skills providers. You will need a sound knowledge of the FE curriculum and the requirements of colleges and be able to translate your understanding into valuable licence agreements.

About you:
We know that sometimes people can be off applying for a job if they think they can’t tick every box. But we realise the ‘perfect candidate’ doesn’t exist. So, if you can do most of what we are looking for, go ahead and apply. You could be exactly what we need!
We’re looking for someone with:
• An exceptional communicator, the Licensing Manager will have the ability to think tactically, negotiate, and work with the research and licensing team to make compelling submissions to publishers on behalf of FE colleges. You will able to identify collaboration opportunities and use these to the advantage of FE colleges.
• FE curriculum knowledge and an understanding of regional and national skill needs and employment insight.
• Detailed understanding of FE institutional finances and content requirements. The FE Licensing Manager can articulate these to publishers and other stakeholders, and negotiate for the best possible terms.
• You will be highly driven and focused on achieving outcomes for our members and funders.
• Advanced data and financial analysis.

Why work at Jisc:
We want to make sure our people have the flexibility they need to balance their personal lives and do well at work. So, we focus on outputs rather than presenteeism and are open to a whole range of ways of working, including flexible hours and working from home.

We’re always learning and developing. All our people have access to a huge variety of learning resources to help them achieve this.
Our benefits are great too. We offer:
• Flexible work pattern, that can adapt to suit your schedules and family commitments.
• 31 days holidays per annum plus bank holidays including 3 days between Christmas and New Year for company closure
• A generous pension scheme with above average employer contributions.
• A range of leave options, including parental leave, volunteer leave and even career breaks.
• Access to LinkedIn learning, thousands of courses and free books for learning skills.
• A generous budget to attend conferences and in-person training
• Allocated allowance to equip your home office
• A company culture which supports and promotes personal learning and development.
• Mental health first aid trained staff and supportive environment.
• Financial well-being support.
• Public sector discounts on big-name high-street stores.
• Cycle to work scheme.
• Employee recognition awards and travel loans.

Connecting with each other is easy, thanks to our technology but getting face to face is something we value and find time for when we can. Our main offices are Bristol, London, Harwell and Manchester, so you may need to travel on occasion.
Other stuff you need to know:
At Jisc we celebrate diversity and know that it is critical to our success. We work hard to make sure we’re inclusive. So, if you’re great at what you do and share our values, we want to hear from you.
Let us know if you need any adjustments made to the application or selection process so you can do your best. We’ll be happy to help.
Just so you know, we review CV’s when we receive them , and interview as soon as we have applications that look like a good match. We don’t usually use closing dates, so apply as soon as you can to avoid missing out. We advertised this role on 31/08/2022