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Performance, Compliance and External Funding Manager

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is a cluster of world-class centres for research into advanced manufacturing technologies used in the aerospace, power generation, medical, automotive and other high-value manufacturing sectors.

Established in 2001, we have a global reputation for helping companies to overcome manufacturing problems and have become a model for worldwide collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry. With around 90 industrial members, we work closely with global giants such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Airbus and Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, as well as local small and medium sized businesses.

The AMRC Training Centre opened in 2013 with the aim of providing the practical and theoretical skills that manufacturing companies need to compete globally, through apprenticeships and higher-level skills training. We deliver apprenticeships for over 180 companies, ranging from global industrial organisations to local small businesses, as well as supporting organisational needs through workforce development training.

Our cutting-edge Training Centre is an amazing place, with state of the art machinery and technology, teaching rooms and open learning areas. As well as Apprenticeships, it also delivers higher education to degree and post-graduate level and bespoke programmes and technical qualifications. Enhancing Training Centre profile via social media on a daily basis.

The post holder’s main responsibilities will include; leading on the management of apprenticeship performance data, compliance and development of external revenue and capital funding initiatives, through scoping, co-ordinating, preparing and submitting tenders and business growth proposals relevant to the education sector. The post holder will also be responsible for leading on the strategic development, procurement and contract management of partnerships.

The successful candidate will be qualified to degree level or above or have relevant work experience in educational funding applications, partnership and contract management and good experience of project proposals and bid writing.

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
• Monitor and co-ordinate the performance management and quality assurance of
apprenticeship provision.

• Responsible for the performance management and quality assurance of strategic partners and sub-contractors.

• Manage and continually review the Apprenticeship MIS function, ensuring that it is fit for purpose and reflects policy changes.

• Lead on the procurement of subcontracting / partnerships with external organisations for delivery provision.

• Produce risk analysis for; new funding opportunities, strategic partnership and sub-contracting proposals.

• Actively network and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders and to develop strategic partnerships.

• Provide and analyse appropriate data sets to ensure the accuracy, timeliness and appropriateness of statistical and financial information meets the centre’s needs.

• Regularly liaise with service colleagues to ensure that regular information, reports and data are provided.

• Provide a professional service to internal and external stakeholders.

• Identify and lead on the development of external funding opportunities to ensure the centre meets its annual income target for projects and other relevant budget lines.

• Analyse and advise on most cost effectiveness and best quality delivery models to meet the Centre’s specific needs.

• Lead on the planning, development and the production of bids and proposals, both revenue and capital, for the centre across a wide range of funding streams (i.e. ESFA, EFA, ESF, ERDF, DWP etc).

• Ensure tenders and business proposals meet all relevant specifications; are in line with the most recent research available and best practice; and are compliant with funder requirements.

• Gain buy-in from key stakeholders from different business areas, internally and externally, to ensure timely input into bid submissions and deadlines are met.

• Provide technical and commercial writing skills to develop proposal, including whole business development solutions i.e. Apprenticeship Levy.

• Represent and lead on external meetings with significant stakeholders on behalf of senior management to ensure positive relations towards the centre and co-operation in planned developments.

• Provide leadership, direction and motivation ensuring all staff carry out their work in an efficient and effective manner.

• Develop and set challenging but realistic targets and plans through guidance and support to ensure staff achieve individual and departmental targets.


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