• Start Date: Summer/Autumn 2020
• Salary: TBC
• Location: London
• Disciplines: Engineering or technology related degree
Working on the industry’s behalf, we are investing a significant amount of effort and money into building relationships and partnerships to review and inform the cross-industry research programme we run.
This is part of the R&D Partnerships team and is responsible for monitoring co-funded research projects from when grant proposals are received and selected to when all deliverables are completed, and the findings disseminated. This role will be working with project teams and stakeholders (within and outside the rail industry) to ensure that high quality research for rail is delivered.
Within this team the key contribution provided by this role consists in excellent project monitoring skills that ensure sound support and challenge to winning consortia. To do so the role needs to gain a sound understanding of what good look like at the end of the project from a rail industry perspective. The role also needs to ensure the right level of involvement from industry during delivery and dissemination at the end.
The most rewarding part of the job is to have played a key role not only in informing initial feasibility studies that could address key industry challenges but in getting buy in and commitment from industry players and funding bodies to take some of these concepts to the next stage of development.
Some travel within the UK will be required to attend project meetings and visit external stakeholders.
- Monitor a number of co-funded projects from when the grant to universities is awarded to when all deliverables are completed and the findings disseminated. This is to ensure that progress are made in line with the proposal submitted and agreed and that industry is made aware of the findings in an engaging way.
- Regularly monitor progress of each project, identify the need for any remedial action(s) and ensure that the lead organisation undertake them.
- Provide support to universities in getting relevant industry contacts and railway knowledge to inform sound progress and delivery of the projects. Ensure that technical input and review from rail specialists and stakeholders is integrated into all phases of the project delivery. This will generally be achieved via the project steering group that this role needs to support. The Research Grant Co-ordinator will be expected to facilitate project kick off and close out meetings and participate in review meetings.
- Provide support and challenge to universities in planning next steps of the implementation journey post proof of concept.
- In conjunction with universities and our communication department, plan and deliver the communication activities required to make industry aware of the progress and findings of the project. In particular, ensure that communication initiatives target the decision makers that are key to the implementation / next steps post proof of concept.
- At the end of the project, with involvement from the universities and support from the research analyst, review the expected benefits of the outputs / findings in support of dissemination and implementation facilitation.
- Maintain information for each project in the R&D department’s database and provide timely reports on the progress of each research project to support senior management review of the status of the research in delivery and to feed into reports to DfT.
- Engineering or technology related degree would be beneficial
- Some exposure to project management (qualifications are non-essential)
- Good influencing and negotiation skills
- Relationship building skills to develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders at different levels
- Able to challenge others’ thinking and also to take instructions
- Sound communication and writing skills including report review, proof-reading, and production of engaging dissemination material
- Experience of writing for different target audiences
- Ability to quickly understand new concepts, including those that may be of a technical or engineering nature
- Excellent organisational skills
- Energetic and persistent
- Competent in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Knowledge of the rail industry
- Experience of working either in academia or with academics
- Experience of research grants
- Creative and practical – have the ability to propose new opportunities and understand the risks, issues and limitations in pursuing them
If you would like to request that your CV be put forward for this placement opportunity please contact Maria at email@example.com stating your interest, your full name and the vacancy reference.
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