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R&D Partnership Manager

  • Sector: Power & Energy
  • Location: North East England
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 20/02/2019
  • Duration: permanent
  • Time left:
    d h m s
    (03/04/19)
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The Role:
Main Purpose

To manage and develop R&D project proposals leading to commercial and R&D opportunities in offshore renewable technologies. To assist the Head of Strategic Research in the delivery of projects involving commercial, knowledge transfer and business development activities.
Accountabilities
The R&D Partnerships Manager is a role within ORE Catapult focused on the business development of activities relevant to the Research & Disruptive Innovation team, with a particular focus on competitive public funding and added value services.
The R&D Partnerships Manager will support the development of detailed, well-structured and high quality R&D bids, meeting all the necessary criteria for success and ensuring that the technical proposals submitted for public funding are aligned with the calls.
The R&D Partnerships Manager will support the Research & Disruptive Innovation team in the development of project consortia, including relevant R&D UK, EU and international organisations and industry partners.
The R&D Partnerships Manager will support the Head of Strategic Research and the Research & Disruptive Innovation Director to create strategic Partnerships and networks required for developing products from concept to commercialisation.
This position will report to the Head of Strategic Research and will work in cooperation with areas within the business particularly the Test & Validation and Operational Performance directorates

Key Responsibilities

The R&D Partnerships Manager shall:

* Develop business and services for the Research & Disruptive Innovation team and support the development of R&D proposals
* Assist with the development of new R&D added value services and commercial opportunities which are of fundamental benefit iin terms of achieving the public funding revenue growth as part of the company strategic plan
* Build relationships and Partnerships with key national/international experts and research organisations leading to successful bid participation. This includes supporting the Head of Strategic Research in actively participating in strategic working groups and steering committees.
* Generate and develop innovative ideas and identify R&D commercial business opportunities
* Lead/support the delivery of proposal bids/quotations through efficient preparation of detailed, innovative and robust business cases containing key technical, budget and timing plan content (including funding identified and secured/to be secured)
* Develop commercial/R&D enquiries by working closely with clients, research providers, colleagues and project partners and by representing the company on commercial and technical issues
* Support product development strategies to meet business needs and create business opportunities and advise/analyse proposed bids and strategies to aid stakeholder buy-in
* Support the analysis, understanding and solution search to key problems and
challenges in the offshore renewables sector
* Maintain regular communications with key technology development partners, major
turbine OEM's, tidal developers, universities and research funding councils
* Be committed to ensuring and maintaining a high standard of health & safety
awareness through encouraging safe behaviours
* Complete ad-hoc duties relevant to the role under the direction of the Line Manager or
appointed deputy
* Undertake any other duties of which the responsibility, experience and skills required
fall within the post holder's capability

Authority & Decisions The R&D Partnerships Manager shall:

* Analyse public funding calls to identify funding opportunities aligned with ORE Catapult
strategy
* Interact with universities (alongside the AEP Manager) and other research institutes to
develop Partnerships and collaboration agreements under the supervision of the Head
of Strategic Research
* Prepare and write successful funding bids at both National, European Commission and
international levels
* Ensure quality of the project proposals in accordance with ORE Catapult policies and
procedures
* Support the Research & Disruptive Innovation team to build consortia
* Ensure internally agreed standards and work practices are developed and maintained
* Manage intellectual property contained within the bid proposals/quotations

Key Capabilities To succeed in the role, the R&D Partnerships Manager must have and be able to
demonstrate the following:

* A degree (or equivalent) in an engineering/scientific discipline
* R&D experience including R&D proposal development and business development
related to R&D
* A research background, preferably in offshore renewables
* Experience in UK and EU R&D projects
* Track record in preparing and writing successful funding bids at both National and
European Commission levels
* Project planning experience, preferably with Microsoft Project and/or PRINCE2 user
experience
* Experience of working in a relevant industry sector, preferably wind/marine or
power/drive train sectors
* Experience of building consortia, developing R&D proposals and securing funding to
enable the delivery of proposals
* Key technical and commercial background experience relating to product development
including intellectual asset management
* Ability to ensure internally agreed standards and work practices are developed and
maintained
* Management of intellectual property contained within the bid proposals/quotations
* Good interpersonal, communication and time management skills
* Innovative and creative thinking
* Tenacity, persistence and determination to succeed in overcoming obstacles
* Ability to work to tight deadlines and within a highly-pressured environment

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