Intellectual Property Office - Non-Executive Director

Body: Intellectual Property Office
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Science & Technology
Location: The post involves attending meetings held either at the IPO’s office in Newport, South Wales, or the London office.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £6,000 plus travel and subsistence
Time Requirements: Up to 18 days per annum.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    16.08.19 - This is subject to change

  • Final Interview Date

    W/C 17.09.19 - This is subject to change

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Organisation:

The IPO is an Executive Agency and a Trading Fund within BEIS. As an international organisation, IPO is responsible for setting the agenda and contributing to the wider economy with intellectual property rights, including patents, designs, trademarks and copyright.It has a clear delivery function to operate and maintain a clear intellectual property system in the UK, encouraging innovation and helping the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas. The organisation also helps people get the right type of protection for their creation or invention

The IPO Steering Board is responsible for advising the CEO and Ministers on the overall direction and policies of the IPO. The Board also ensures that the IPO delivers on its strategic priorities and that its resources are allocated effectively for their delivery, ensuring high standards of corporate governance are maintained at all times.

The Role:

The IPO Steering Board advises Ministers on the strategies, performance and targets set out in IPO’s corporate plan. It also provides commercial guidance on IPO’s operation and development.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • A strong track record of delivering objectives in the digital/ IT area or delivering against a change agenda;
  • The ability to think innovatively, to challenge performance, and to support and encourage innovation and a culture of organisational and behavioural change in either a public sector or private sector organisation; and,
  • The ability to demonstrate strong analytical, commercial skills and judgement.

Desirable Criteria

  • An understanding of the scope of intellectual property and its contribution to innovation and growth;
  • An appreciation of the values and role of the public sector;
  • Experience of audit, risk and financial management and governance at a strategic level, gained by working in either executive or non-executive capacity;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders; and,
  • The ability to develop well defined strategies and pursue long-term goals as part of a team, including being able to challenge and support colleagues in order to reach consensus.

Additional Information

BEIS is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns and to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process.

BEIS offers professional training courses on public sector finance and governance for those new to the public sector.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 28th July 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please send your applications including CV, supporting statement, diversity form (attached) and applicant pack (attached) to


This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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