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Centre Manager iCAIR- Integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

In recent years, key technologies within robotics and advanced manufacturing have been de-risked and are primed for adoption within the construction sector. In response to this opportunity the Department is establishing a systematic
research and innovation model, based around the delivery of the Integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre (iCAIR), which aims to deliver transformative and sustained migration from a low-innovation, low-productivity sector to a highly
innovative and high-productivity sector. We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual to establish, develop and deliver the ambitions of a new
multi-disciplinary innovation-focused project relating to Civil Engineering Infrastructure. This role requires a forward thinking, collaborative approach that utilises the research capacity of all departments in the Faculty of Engineering to deliver significant and long-term value in research and to our regional SMEs.
The postholder will be responsible for the operational management and business development activities of iCAIR, and will maintain adequate planning, monitoring and reporting of performance against the targets of the external funder, reporting this information to the project steering committee and project director on a regular basis.

The main responsibilities of this post include:
• Development of the iCAIR Centre management processes, mechanisms and structure.
• Managing the growth of iCAIR’s funding and project pipeline.
• Undertaking business development to generate a pipeline of local SMEs benefitting from iCAIR.
• Managing the day-to-day activities of the Centre.
• Managing the Centre Administrator.
• Delivery of funder targets aimed at assisting SMEs to extract value from the iCAIR Centre.
• Liaison with the wider support networks at the University of Sheffield to ensure compliance and best use of staff/resources to suit the needs of iCAIR.

It is essential that the postholder has experience of designing, developing and/or managing research and innovation programmes or projects and several years’ previous work experience in a relevant field; the ability to manage a broad set of
objectives within a fluid environment with an emergent set of priorities, and to employ robust planning and management techniques to deliver these objectives. Effective communication skills (both written and verbal), excellent customer service skills, experience of building and developing a team and the ability to develop creative approaches to problem solving are also essential. A first degree (or equivalent) plus a PhD (or be close to submission), along with first-hand knowledge of the research and innovation challenges for infrastructure in the UK and experience of European-funded projects would be desirable but not essential.

This post is open-ended, subject to external funding.

You can view the supporting documentation by clicking on About the Job and About the University located near the top of your screen

Main Duties and Responsibilities
 Develop the iCAIR Centre management processes, mechanisms and structure.
 Manage the growth of iCAIR's funding and project pipeline.
 Undertake business development to generate a pipeline of local SMEs benefitting from iCAIR
 Manage the day-to-day activities of the Centre.
 Line management of the Centre Administrator.
 Develop a pipeline of collaborative projects in response to the iCAIR Strategic Research Agendas.
 Management of strategic relationships with high-value SMEs and other industrial and academic collaborators.
 Deliver funder targets aimed at assisting SMEs to extract value from the iCAIR Centre.
 Facilitate the development of new projects through to the development of commercialisation plans to assist local SMEs and iCAIR partner organisations.
 Develop, manage and deliver a portfolio of funding to assist local SMEs accelerate time-to-market.
 Deliver the operational programme associated with European Strategic Investment Funds.
 Responsibility for monitoring and attaining European Regional Development Fund targets.
 Liaise with the wider support networks at the University of Sheffield to ensure compliance and best use of staff/resources to suit the needs of iCAIR; these will include finance, HR, procurement, etc.
 Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post


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