Assistant Director, Intellectual Property (IP) Advisory, open to flexible working and returners

Reading or Cambridge
18 May 2021
13 Jun 2021
Finance, IT
Contract Type

Assistant Director, Intellectual Property (IP) Advisory, Financial Advisory

Your opportunity 

Deloitte IP Advisory is the leading specialist intellectual property service provider supporting clients across the globe with IP Strategy and Transaction Advisory Services. 

We help clients develop comprehensive IP strategies, implement effective IP processes, build and strengthen their IP portfolios, asses, value and monetise their IP and seek operational efficiencies. Through our services, clients are able to understand their competitive position, build value, manage risks and unlock additional income streams. 
The IP Advisory team includes business builders, licensing executives, IP valuation professionals, and technologists with decades of experience working with multinational FTSE and Fortune 100 companies as well as SME’s and academic institutions. 

Our clients operate in fast-paced industries, across all industry sectors. We look to recruit people who can keep up with the latest technology trends, operate across industries and technologies, assess future markets and gather and analyse complex data to evaluate the outputs of R&D and innovation activities and develop an understanding of a wide range of intellectual assets types, such as patent portfolios, designs, trade secrets and know-how, trademarks and software and their use in supporting our clients’ business objectives. 

People are the heart of our business. We are a close knit, highly skilled team, well connected and recognised internationally as leading industry professionals. We can offer you a dynamic and challenging work environment, supported by professional training and development and the opportunity to work on highly significant projects. 
We are open to discussing the different ways in which we are able to support flexible ways of working, both formal and informal arrangements that allow for the best outcomes for our people and our clients. If this opportunity is of interest to you with some flexibility, please do discuss with us. 

Are you looking to return to the workplace after an extended career break? 

For this role we can offer coaching and support designed for returners to refresh your knowledge and skills, and help your transition back into the workplace after a career break of 2 years or more. If this is relevant for you, just let your recruiter know when you make your application.

Your role 

Assistant Directors within IP Advisory are responsible for managing advisory engagements as well as managing the relationship with clients. 
You will have engagement management accountability and be responsible for ensuring deliverables are of a high quality and are delivered to the client on time and to budget. You will typically lead multiple teams of consultants working on parallel engagements, delegating effectively and using your interpersonal skills to guide, motivate and develop team members. You will be required to manage your own time and the time of others. Working closely with the senior leadership team, you will help to develop and train the more junior team members. 

A significant responsibility will be towards supporting business development initiatives, developing new leads and opportunities, often through internal networking, and participating in specific campaigns. You will drive new initiatives while coordinating fully with the rest of the team. In addition, you will have responsibility for some aspects of operational management of the business. 

Key responsibilities: 

  • Manage multiple engagements and engagement teams, ensuring the timely delivery of high-quality deliverables and managing engagement profitability 
  • Ensure the successful onboarding of clients and engagements, managing risk and independence concerns 
  • Provide oversight over engagement execution, acting as a go-to person by clients and colleagues 
  • Proactively identify client needs and lead the preparation of adequate engagement proposals 
  • Actively support a wide range of business development activities and campaigns to identify new leads and develop opportunities 
  • Participate in client presentations and contribute to the negotiation process 
  • Actively support the IP Advisory team’s talent management and recruitment activities, and where appropriate acting as a People Leader 
  • Actively support the operational management of the IP Advisory business 
  • Contribute to the strategic development and direction of the practice 
  • Develop and manage an internal network to connect IP Advisory services to other service lines within Deloitte 
  • Mentor junior members of the IP Advisory team 
  • Manage diverse teams within an inclusive team culture where people are recognised for their contribution 

Your work, your choice 

At Deloitte we believe the best impact is the value we add, not the hours we sit at our desk. We carefully consider agile ways of working, both formal and informal, that allow for the best impact for our people and our clients. Please speak to your recruiter about the working pattern that works best for you. 

Location: Reading office; Cambridge Office 
Travel within the UK and overseas should be expected. 

Work pattern: This is a permanent opportunity on a full-time basis. 

Your professional experience 

Deloitte IP Advisory looks for highly motivated, high achieving individuals with the following qualities. 


  • Excellent academic background in a technical or scientific discipline 
  • Significant experience in management or commercial exploitation of IP within a consulting or advisory environment 
  • Demonstrable and substantial experience leading IP projects and teams in a fast paced and multi-tasking environment 
  • A robust understanding of the various types of IP, including their legal frameworks, protection mechanisms, commercial and strategic implications 
  • Examples of successful delivery of internal or client projects overlapping with Deloitte’s IP Advisory service matrix (available here) 
  • Proficiency with at least some software, databases and other IP tools that enable the effective management of IP 
  • Strong commercial acumen and market awareness 
  • Experience of operating with senior level stakeholders 
  • Experience in leading business development, from opportunity identification to conversion into sales 
  • Experience in building and managing client relationships 
  • Excellent report writing and reviewing skills, with an appropriate focus on attention to detail, conciseness and risk management 
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, both written and oral 


  • Relevant postgraduate IP qualifications (e.g. LLM IP Law, Postgraduate Certificate in IP, MSc IP Management 
  • Other postgraduate qualifications such as MBA, Finance or Accountancy 
  • Academic background in the fields of Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Life Sciences 

Your service line: Financial Advisory 

Advising clients in the moments that define their business takes multiple layers of expertise. Much more than due-diligence, this is about diverse teams of specialists coming together, crossing service lines and international borders to tackle the many, complex issues involved in major transactions. And we have one of the broadest networks in the business. Here, you’ll find fascinating, career-building projects, market leading approaches, cutting-edge resources, huge clients and inspirational colleagues. As well as opportunities to develop a deep industry or product specialism. 

Personal independence

Regulation and controls are standard practice in our industry and Deloitte is no exception. These controls provide important legal protection for both you and the firm. We are subject to a number of audit regulations, one of which requires that certain colleagues abide by specific personal independence constraints. This can mean that you and your "Immediate Family Members" are not permitted to hold certain financial interests (shares, funds, bonds etc.) with audit clients of the firm.  The recruitment team will provide further detail as you progress through the recruitment process.

About Deloitte

Our Purpose & Strategy

To make an impact that matters for our clients, our people and society - defines who we are and what we stand for. Our purpose provides the foundation for our strategy and our aspiration to be the undisputed leader in professional services: this is not about size, it's about being the first choice. The first choice for the largest and most influential clients, and the first choice for the best talent. 

What do we do?

Deloitte offers global integrated professional services that include Audit & Assurance, Consulting, Financial Advisory, Legal, Risk Advisory and Tax Consulting. Our approach combines intellectual leadership, industrial expertise, insight, consulting & problem solving capabilities whatever the role, technology revolutions and innovation from multiple disciplines to help our clients excel anywhere in the world.

Beyond the UK: Deloitte North and South Europe

The UK is part of Deloitte North and South Europe (NSE), the second largest member firm in the Deloitte network. Deloitte NSE combines operations in Belgium, Central Mediterranean (Italy, Greece, Malta), Ireland, the Middle East (Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestinian Ruled Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen), the Netherlands, the Nordics (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), Switzerland and the UK. Deloitte NSE brings together 2,700 partners and over 50,000 people, combining our unmatched breadth and depth of capabilities in audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, and tax and legal across the region. Being part of Deloitte NSE supports our aspiration to be the undisputed leader in professional services and will create more opportunity and growth for our people. 

What do we value?

What brings us all together at Deloitte? It’s how we approach the thousands of decisions we make every day. How we behave, our beliefs and our attitudes. In other words: our values. Whatever we do, wherever we are in the world, we lead the way, serve with integrity, take care of each other, foster inclusion, and collaborate for maximum impact. These five shared values lead every decision we make and action we take, guiding us to deliver impact how and where it matters most. 

Being a Leader at Deloitte

Cultural fit and purpose-led leadership is crucial for Deloitte. Our leaders always set the example and inspire their colleagues. They make quality time for people and take an interest in them. They know what matters to people - both inside and outside work – and value them as individuals; always finding opportunities to develop them while showing respect and appreciation.
We expect colleagues at all levels to embrace and live our purpose and our leadership culture by challenging themselves to identify issues that are most important for our clients, our people, and for society and make an impact that matters. We know leadership comes in all shapes and sizes, but our Leadership Charter helps all of our people understand what we’re looking for:

  • We live our purpose: we act as a role model, embracing and living our purpose and values, and recognising others for the impact they make
  • We develop talent: we develop high-performing people and teams through challenging and meaningful opportunities
  • We drive performance: we deliver exceptional client service; maximise results and drive high performance from people while fostering collaboration across businesses and borders
  • We believe positive influence can make an impact that matters: we influence clients, teams, and individuals positively, leading by example and establishing confident relationships with increasingly senior people
  • We move, together, towards a strategic direction: we understand key objectives for clients and Deloitte, aligning people to objectives and setting priorities and direction.


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