Academic Engagement Plan Manager

Blyth, UK
04 Sep 2019
08 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
The Role:

To manage and develop the AEP under the supervision of the Head of Strategic Research. This will include the management of existing research hubs (RHs) and strategic academic engagements, involvement in the development of new ones, and the management of miscellaneous academic engagements such as PhDs and EngDs.

The AEP Manager is a role focused on the management and delivery of the Academic Engagement Plan.

The AEP Manager will:

- Manage the delivery of the RH and strategic research programmes and work alongside the corresponding Project Manager embedded in the partner universities.
- support the RHs and strategic programmes in the development of project consortia for leveraging public funding, including relevant R&D UK organisations and industry partners.
- support the Head of Strategic Research and the Research and Disruptive Innovation Director to create new RHs and strategic programmes required for the planned evolution of the AEP.
- This position will report to the Head of Strategic Research and will work in cooperation with key research resource from the Head of Applied Research.

The AEP Manager shall:
- Manage the delivery of existing RHs and strategic research programmes working alongside the universities' corresponding project manager
- Monitor and report on research programme progress including assessment against the agreed KPIs
- Assist with the development of public funding proposals originating within the RHs and strategic research programmes to leverage additional public and private funding
- Look for opportunities to build the existing RHs and strategic programmes via third party participation and leveraging external funding
- Generate and develop innovative ideas for consideration within the existing RH and strategic research programmes
- Manage internal/external enquiries relating to the AEP under the supervision of the Head of Strategic Research
- Support development strategies for new RHs and strategic programmes to meet business needs and create business opportunities
- Maintain regular communications with the academic community to maximise relevant academic engagement
- Manage miscellaneous formal academic engagement outside of the RHs and strategic programmes, e.g. PhD/EngD contracts, etc...
- Identify and manage intellectual property originating from the research activity of the AEP
- Be committed to ensuring and maintaining a high standard of health & safety awareness through encouraging safe behaviours

The AEP Manager shall:
- Analyse public funding calls along with colleagues in the Head of Strategic Research team to identify funding opportunities aligned with RH and strategic programme needs
- Interact with selected universities to develop collaboration agreements and deliver research programmes under the supervision of the Head of Strategic Research
- Contribute to writing successful funding bids at both national and international levels for the purpose of meeting RH/strategic programme KPIs
- Ensure the quality of the AEP outputs in accordance with ORE Catapult policies and procedures
- Liaise with PhD/EngD mentors to ensure that formal PhD/EngD project scopes are delivered on time and to the required quality
- Ensure internally agreed standards and work practices are developed and maintained
- Manage AEP intellectual property according to internal IP guidelines

The Company:
Our client aims to drive cost reductions whilst increasing UK content. It does this through a unique combination of world-class test and demonstration facilities combined with expertise in the key technology areas. The ORE Catapult's vision is to be a leading international institution in terms of innovative technology solutions in the Offshore Renewables Energy Sector.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
* A degree (or equivalent) in an engineering/scientific discipline
* R&D experience including R&D project/programme management and business development related to R&D
* A research background, preferably in offshore renewables
* Track record of supporting funding bid development at national and/or international levels
* Project planning experience, preferably with Microsoft Project and/or PRINCE2 user experience
* Ability to ensure internally agreed standards and work practices are developed and maintained
* Good interpersonal, communication and time management skills
* Innovative and creative thinking

Desirable Skills / Qualifications:
* Experience in delivering national and/or international R&D projects
* Experience of working in a relevant industry sector, preferably wind/marine or
power/drive train sectors
* Experience of developing collaboration agreements
* Key technical and commercial background experience relating to product development
including intellectual asset management
* Management of intellectual property contained within research programmes

About Fircroft:
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