Research and Innovation Project Manager

Research and Innovation Project Manager

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    Operations, Admin & Support, Projects & Programmes, General

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  • Salary:

    £39,275 - 45,899 per year

  • Contact :

    Sekai Lindsay

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  • Contact phone:

    020 7820 7307

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  • Published:

    7 months ago

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I am excited to be working with an amazing world-class university in search of a Research and Innovation Project Manager for a 6-month FTC. Your main objectives will be to provide comprehensive project management support to academic staff across a portfolio of research, innovation, and knowledge exchange projects ensuring that all projects are delivered to a high standard and in compliance with funder regulations and University policies, as well as maximising the value of these projects to the University in terms of research outcomes, outputs, dissemination, impact and follow-on activities.

Who are Research Management and Administration (RMA) / Knowledge Exchange (KE)?
RMA and AE are the central services for the support and delivery of research and knowledge exchange activities across the university.

Main duties:
Management and Planning
To identify and implement an effective and flexible project management framework to be used consistently across a portfolio of research, innovation, and knowledge exchange projects. The framework should evidence elements of proven methodologies, such as PRINCE2.
To provide comprehensive support to research active and teaching staff across the university in delivering a portfolio of high-quality research, innovation, and knowledge exchange projects.
To update systems and provide reports as required. Systems include those for finance (Unit4 Agresso Business World - ABW) and research information (Symplectic Elements).
To support the development and design phases of such projects, in collaboration with other members of RMA and AE staff.
To provide advice and support to academic staff in maximising the value of these projects, through both the project planning and implementation phases helping academic staff to identify ways of increasing research outcomes, outputs, dissemination, impact, and follow-on activities. To also ensure this is done in collaboration with project partners, to maximise mutual benefits.
To ensure all such projects are delivered in compliance with any relevant external regulations or agreements (e.g. ERDF, H2020, Horizon Europe, Erasmus+, UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and European Commission grants/tenders) as well as in line with all applicable policies (HR, Finance, Procurement, etc.); and to ensure that all staff involved in projects are fully briefed, supported and aware of their responsibilities in meeting these regulations.
To lead on the design of effective project governance structures and processes, and the introduction and maintenance of reporting and monitoring strategies that meet both internal and external requirements (including regular re-forecasting of project budgets).
To ensure that all contracts relating to such projects are efficiently and effectively negotiated and finalised before the relevant activity begins, as well as ensuring such contracts are appropriately updated, in line with any internal or external governing procedures or protocols.
To identify and implement a digital filing system for retaining a comprehensive and consistent set of project information and documentation for all projects, which will meet any relevant project auditing requirements.
Act as the first point of contact for the project both internally and for external stakeholders.
To support the preparation of specified research, innovation, and knowledge exchange funding applications, working with academic staff to develop funding applications for evaluation and submission by the University.

To liaise and communicate effectively with all levels of staff, external stakeholders and audiences relevant to the delivery and furthering of project-related objectives.
To provide a regular, consistent and useful summary of project activity, progress and issues to senior RMA and AE staff, ensuring any issues are promptly identified and resolved.
To liaise with the relevant RMA, College or Communications Teams in delivering a range of outward facing project events, online content and other communications materials, ensuring the international profiling of projects, and the effective dissemination of project outcomes to relevant audiences.
To ensure any project-related web sites are set up appropriately, through liaison with Communication and Legal teams, and in line with relevant digital strategies and protocols.
To design and deliver workshops on all aspects of research project management.
To undertake all aspects of committee servicing including setting agendas, producing papers, minute taking, briefing and providing advice to committee members, and following up actions.

To perform such duties consistent with your role as from time to time may be assigned to you anywhere within the university.
To undertake health and safety duties and responsibilities appropriate to the role.
To work in accordance with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and the Staff Charter, promoting equality and diversity in your work.
To personally contribute towards reducing the University's impact on the environment and support actions associated with the Sustainability Manifesto (2016 2022).
To undertake continuous personal and professional development, and to support it for any staff you manage through effective use of the University's Planning, Review and Appraisal scheme and staff development opportunities.
To make full use of all information and communication technologies in adherence to data protection policies to meet the requirements of the role and to promote organisational effectiveness.
To conduct all financial matters associated with the role accordance to the University's policies and procedures, as laid down in the Financial Regulations.

Key Working Relationships:
Managers and other staff, and external partners, suppliers etc; with whom regular contact is required.
KE staff
RMA staff
Academic staff active in research and knowledge exchange across the university
College Enterprise Teams
External collaborators and partners
Project team and lead project partner institution, Funding agencies, businesses and external colleagues engaged with the project as appropriate.
Specific Management Responsibilities
Budgets: By project
Staff: By project

If you have the above skills and experience and are immediately available, please apply online today!