Academic Engagement Plan Manager - Blyth

  • Innovation & Research - Blyth
  • £40,000 - £45,000 28 days holiday, 9 Public holidays, Annual Bonus, Pension Scheme & Healthcare Scheme
  • Ref: 109
  • Date Posted: Tuesday 10 Oct 20172017-10-10
This vacancy is now closed

Location: Blyth or Glasgow

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.  It is one of a network of Catapult centres set up by Innovate UK to accelerate the deployment of innovative technology in the UK

With primary locations in Glasgow and Blyth, Northumberland, ORE Catapult is working with industry and academia to identify, develop, prove and de-risk promising new technologies and bring them to market. It is helping to reduce the cost of offshore renewable energy, supporting the growth of the industry and creating UK benefit.

What is the role?

We are currently looking for an Academic Engagement Plan (AEP) Manager to manage and develop the Academic Engagement Plan under the supervision of the Head of Strategic Research.   This will include the management of existing research hubs *RHs) and Scientific Chairs (SCs), involvement in the development of new ones, and the management of miscellaneous academic engagement such as PhDs and EngDs.   

Ideally we are looking for the position to be based out of Blyth, but will consider Glasgow.

What are my key responsibilities?

  • Manage the delivery of existing RHs and SCs research programmes working alongside the universities’ corresponding project manager

  • Monitor and report on research programme progress including assessment against the agreed KPIs

  • Assist with the development of public funding proposals originating within the RHs and SCs to leverage additional public and private funding

  • Look for opportunities to build the existing RHs and SCs via third party participation and leveraging external funding

  • Generate and develop innovative ideas for consideration within the existing RH and SC research programmes

  • Manage internal/external enquiries relating to the AEP under the supervision of the Head of Strategic Research

  • Support development strategies for new RHs and SCs to meet business needs and create business opportunities

  • Maintain regular communications with the academic community to maximise relevant academic engagement

  • Manage miscellaneous formal academic engagement outside of the RHs and SCs, e.g. PhD/EngD contracts

  • Identify and manage intellectual property originating from the research activity of the AEP

What do I need to qualify for this role?

Educated to degree level or equivalent in an engineering/scientific discipline, the successful candidate will have R&D experience including R&D proposal development and business development related to R&D.  Ideally with a research/public funding background, preferably linked to offshore renewables with a track record of preparing and writing successful funding bids at both national and international levels. 


We offer exciting challenges and career opportunities in an ever growing innovative company at the leading edge of green technology.  Our working environment is open, inspiring and multicultural, and we provide great potential for personal and professional development.

In return, an excellent remuneration package is offered which includes attractive basic salary, pension, bonus, and subsidised health care saving scheme.

Closing Date:  22nd October 2017