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Director of Industry Projects

Director of Industry Projects
£90,000 – £100,000


Reporting to and working with the Special Advisor to the Principal/Director of Major Projects and to the Principal and Vice Chancellor, the Director of Industry Projects will be responsible for driving major projects at the University level and ensuring the optimum set of opportunities with industry and public partners are identified and progressed, in line with the University strategic plans. The Director will be responsible for leading several major projects concurrently, each with differing timescales and stakeholder make-up and with an industry-focus and will need to put in place programme and project management systems that allow delivery of such a diverse and strategically important portfolio. Within this new framework the Director will monitor overall project budgets against approvals, drive value and report forecasts while delivering early warning and formal reporting of project key metrics as required.

A significant aspect of the role will be to grow and maintain a national and international network of senior industrial, government and academic contacts and to represent the University externally. the Director will be expected to lead the engagement with industrial and international parties at the highest level (‘C’ level in companies and equivalent in Government), expanding the industrial contacts and portfolio of projects thus ensuring the on-going delivery of major projects to the University. The postholder will be expected to represent the Special Advisor to the Principal and/or the Principal in various meetings.

The successful candidate will hold an honours degree or higher in a technical subject and have extensive experience of working in R&D intensive environments, delivering innovation at pace and scale for industry. You will have a track record of engagement with industry clients, strong communication skills, and will have proven programme management and leadership skills developed in complex highly technical environments.

You will operate with a high degree of autonomy, providing expert advice and knowledge of sectors/markets to identify new opportunities for collaboration and exploitation of Strathclyde research capability, translational capability and facilities. In collaboration with relevant academic leads, you will identify major project opportunities in industry and/or government and create proposal submissions (for facilities, research activities and education activities). You will provide leadership for major programmes from building and leading the co-ordinating complex multi partner proposals to industry and/or government to leading new start-up centres.

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