£60,317 to £63,855
Robotics Research Manager
Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
Department: RACE Operations
Salary: £60,317 to £63,855 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Confirmed Grade: Level 6
Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for an experienced and proactive Robotics Research Manager with excellent leadership and communication skills. A quick thinker with an eye for detail and strong organisational and project management skills. You are a delivery focused individual with an analytical approach to planning and strong commercial awareness, in particular in relation to research collaborations.
What will you be responsible for?
As our Robotics Research Manager, you will provide operational leadership to the RACE Research Team, who are focused on the low-TRL (Technology Readiness Levels) research activities, research strategy delivery, and Academic Engagement activities of RACE.
Reporting to the Head of Research, you will take responsibility for overall operation and delivery of the research programmes, as well as providing input, advice, and guidance on all aspects of RACE Research Team's strategy and operations. Your main responsibilities will include:
- Acting as overall programme manager for all of RACE's research projects, taking ownership for delivery and ensuring that they are delivered to quality and safety standards, maximising value to stakeholders within time and budgetary constraints. Responsible for research governance.
- Leading the co-ordination, supervision, monitoring of RACE research finances with RACE Finance Business Partner and programme leads
- Ensuring that intellectual property/ commercially sensitive information is appropriately managed
- Being responsible for direct and indirect line management of RACE researchers and scientists
- Being responsible for structured approach to identifying research funding opportunities and coordinating the delivery of proposals and bids with a particular input to the ability to deliver against stated objectives considering the implications for recruitment/ resourcing, equipment purchase, design and delivery.
- Leading and coordinating recruitment campaigns and selection processes including ownership of process improvement for research team recruitment and selection
NOTE: May require occasional UK and international travel
Essential skills, experience and competence required
- Experience of leadership of complex inter-organisational research programmes in the field of Engineering and Physical Sciences
- Proven ability to interact efficiently with a diverse range of people in a variety of different situations
- Ability to manage people and equipment to deliver complex research projects
- Financial management experience including experience of managing research project budgets
- Engineering degree or equivalent qualification
- Understanding of governance, H&S and compliance issues
- Knowledge of main UK and EU research funding bodies and processes
Desirable skills, experience and competence
- Knowledge of robotics research
- Relevant management-related qualifications
- Research qualifications (PhD)
- Chartered status in relevant STEM discipline or equivalent experience
What we offer
A competitive salary
A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors
An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives
Flexible working options including family friendly policies
Emergency leave (paid)
30.5 days’ annual leave increased with length of service (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) plus bank holidays
Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g. professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)
Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme
Annual corporate bonus scheme
Relocation allowance (if eligible)
We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.
Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 17/02/2022. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
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