Academic Stakeholders

Birmingham City Centre
Up to £32k
04 Dec 2017
01 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern

Status: Full-time, Permanent

Energy Systems Catapult

Energy Systems Catapult is one of a network of elite technology and innovation centres set up by Innovate UK. The Catapult works with companies that are focused on exploiting the opportunities created by the need to transform global energy systems; not only playing a part in accelerating technology based solutions, but also engaging with Government to address the market mechanisms and business models that will be required to enable such solutions.

The Energy Systems Catapult will create a critical mass for business and research innovation, focusing on electricity, heat and combustible gases. This centre will be an important part of the UK’s innovation system, making a major long-term contribution to UK economic growth.

The Team

Sitting within the Stakeholder team, this new post will be part of the ESC’s Business Development function.

There are three sector strands to the ESC’s stakeholder function:

  • Industry (including SMEs etc)
  • Public Sector (National, local and international government plus their aligned NGAs, regulators and support organisations etc)
  • Academia (Universities and Research Institutions etc)

Key Activities

The Academic Stakeholder Manager will be responsible for the facilitation and co-ordination of the ESC’s engagement / liaison with universities and research institutions which specialise in energy system related R&D with the aim of:

  • Knowledge gathering and horizon-scanning of relevant energy systems research activities in universities and research institutions both nationally and internationally.
  • Understand the various funding opportunities that an ESC-academic collaboration will bring and support the ESC and academic partners in accessing such funding (including HEFCE)
  • Produce regular internal reports which keep ESC appraised of academic related funding calls and research papers.
  • Co-ordinate academic activity across the ESC, produce regular reports which recommend prioritisation, ensure cohesion and limit overlap.
  • Co-ordinate the ESC’s relationship with a range of organisation, supporting a strategic engagement with the energy portfolio so ESC can help shape calls and work towards achieving ESC positions on review panels etc
  • Ensure the maintenance of good relationships with academics and research professionals and reporting any issues to help prevent escalation
  • Work with key individuals in the ESC, coordinating an academic advisory group to support the ESC’s core functions, facilitating meetings which bring together academic and research professionals.
  • Support the ESC to identify academic and research partners to help deliver its core functions, projects and products.
  • Ensure all connections and activity are logged on the ESC’s customer relationship management (CRM) database
  • Attend stakeholder and business development meetings, providing regular updates of activity and knowledge gained.
  • Support business development and communications outward facing activity (i.e. events, conferences and seminars etc)
  • Attend relevant conferences and seminars
  • Support the ESC’s stakeholder function where ever possible.

Within the first 12 months of the role:

By the end of 2018 the Academic Stakeholder Manager will have:

  • Gained a full understanding and internally disseminated the academic and research landscape in the UK and also have identified key international universities / research organisations with which ESC could engage with to support its mission to create a critical mass for business and research innovation, focusing on electricity, heat and transport
  • Be able to evidence through meeting agreed milestones, that since taking up their position, ESC has entered productive academic and research relationships with improved understanding of each other’s roles in energy systems innovation and skills development thus ensuring a co-ordinated contribution to economic growth.
  • Brought at least one collaboration close to fruition.
  • Become an important member of the proactive business development function of ESC.

What key credentials are we looking for?

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • An interest in energy system transformation, decarbonisation and the role of academics and research professional and institutions.
  • Be able to demonstrate a very good understanding of the UK and the international academic and research landscape for energy systems transformation.
  • Be a good team player whilst having the ability to self-manage their time and workload.
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of fast moving and sometimes ambiguous world of energy innovation, policy and funding.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills. 
  • Ability to excel in a rapidly growing, fast-paced organisational environment. 
  • A can-do attitude, able to work with limited supervision under pressure and to tight deadlines. 
  • Persuasive and approachable you are able to successfully manage relations with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders. 
  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity and ability to work effectively in line with changing priorities
  • Enquiring mind with desire to challenge the status quo.

Would you like to Apply?

The closing date for applications is Sunday 31st December 2017.

Please note that at this time we are unable to provide UK visa sponsorship.

The Energy Systems Catapult undertakes innovative and exciting work that will help shape the future of energy, with this in mind we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible, as we do reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

(Strictly No Agencies).

"We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity."

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