Job offer available in Scotland Partnership Development Leader (171528) at University of Strathclyde

FTE: 1
Term: Fixed (24 months)

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners. As part of the University’s strategic development, the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has been established near Glasgow’s International Airport. The AFRC is the embodiment of a £30 million collaborative investment by Industrial, Academic and Government partners seeking to establish a world-leading research facility for forging and forming technologies. The centre works closely with major industrial companies including Rolls-Royce and Boeing, and since 2011 has been a part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

The AFRC has established a Digital Manufacturing team in recognition of a growing research and industrial demand for the application of digital technologies for the benefit of the UK manufacturing sector. The centre is seeking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic Knowledge Exchange Associate to work on a range of knowledge exchange activities aimed at increasing the adoption of digital manufacturing technologies by manufacturing companies in Scotland.

The role will focus on the AFRC’s activities surrounding MIDIH (Manufacturing Industry Digital Innovation Hubs), an EU-funded project which aims to support and link up national and local initiatives for the digitalisation of manufacturing industry, to boost investment and collaborations through strategic partnerships and networking.

It will also involve

  • Establishing the technical and business needs and innovation opportunities for potential partner companies.
  • Developing funding bids for collaborative R&D projects.
  • Engaging in relevant networks.
  • Liaising with partner organisations.

To be considered for this role you will have the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a postgraduate degree level qualification, most likely in an engineering or physical sciences discipline, and be expected to demonstrate an enthusiasm for innovation and an interest in the manufacturing sector, and be able to convey a level of credibility in discussing these subjects. An understanding of the application of digital technologies to manufacturing processes and appreciation of the benefits that such technologies can bring are also desirable.

You will have project management experience and be able to lead projects with minimal support. You will have an ability to plan and organise your own workload, excellent troubleshooting skills, including a methodical approach to solving complex problems, and an ability to work as part of a team. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to interact with a range of stakeholders in both industry and academia and an ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences. Whilst not essential for the role, candidates with practical experience of EU Horizon 2020 projects are particularly sought after.

Initial interviews have been scheduled for 13 December 2018.

For informal enquiries, please contact Danny McMahon, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, AFRC at daniel.mcmahon@strath.ac.uk or Tel 0141 534 5575.

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