Programme Manager, Faculty of Environment

Programme Manager

Faculty of Environment

Would you like to be part of an exciting new research programme? Do you want to support the engagement of organisations with a Yorkshire based project? Do you have project management skills and an understanding of University and Research Council funding?

The Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (iCASP) is a 6 million investment over five years, with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council, aimed at generating solutions to significant environmental issues and bringing benefits across rural and urban areas of Yorkshire. The programme requires a team of innovative communicators, experts and administrators to support the translation of science and the engagement of agencies across all sectors.

Reporting to the Programme Directors, you will lead this new team, managing the operations, ensuring delivery of the programme plan, the logistics and resource allocation. You will be expected to engage widely with stakeholders, developing relationships with regional partners, oversee the smooth running of the programme, reporting on progress and outcomes to funders and stakeholders, co-ordination of events and activities, secondments, and line manage other staff within the programme office.

With experience of leading and managing a team, as well as financial planning and budget management, you will have an innovative approach to problem solving and the ability to establish effective working relationship with a wide range of individuals.

What does the role entail?

As a Programme Manager, your main duties will include:

  • Supporting the strategic development of iCASP, ensuring planning and reporting systems are in place to enable growth and impact;
  • Managing all operational aspects of iCASP, including budgeting, co-ordination of activities, and relationship management with regional partners;
  • Supporting the future development of iCASP, for example by seeking out new external income sources, new research and impact links and new partnership opportunities;
  • Developing and implementing systems to monitor the performance of iCASP;
  • Co-ordinating and facilitating iCASP meetings for the planning, operation and delivery of the programme, drafting briefing notes and papers for Directors in advance of meetings and following up on actions arising;
  • Developing partnerships and co-ordinating the regional network, growing and enhancing the profile of iCASP and identifying opportunities for impact;
  • Managing contracts between the partner universities, to ensure that financial and operational targets are aligned and met;
  • Co-ordinate and produce six monthly (and other as required) reports to the governance body of iCASP and the Natural Environment Research Council, including records of achievements and activities;
  • Oversee and co-ordinate Performance Measurement returns, highlighting progress and key developments.

These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post.

What will you bring to the role?

As a Programme Manager you will have:

  • A science degree and/or some experience working in a scientific research environment;
  • Knowledge and understanding of university and research council funding;
  • Project management skills, including the ability to plan and deliver results to deadlines;
  • Experience of leading and managing a team;
  • Experience of financial planning and managing budgets;
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • An innovative approach to problem solving;
  • The ability to convey and interpret academic impact;
  • The ability to facilitate workshops and meetings;
  • The ability to establish effective working relationships with a wide range of individuals;
  • The ability to coordinate, organise and present complex management information.

You may also have:

  • Proven ability in and experience of the management of major impact/knowledge exchange programmes involving multiple research groups;
  • A background in environmental science/catchment management;
  • Experience of working at the interface between universities and research users.

How to apply

You can apply for this role online; more guidance can be found on our How to Apply information. Applications should be submitted by 23.59 (UK time) on the closing date.

Contact information

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Joseph Holden, Director of iCASP
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 9752

Additional information

Find out more about the Faculty.
Find out more about the research programme iCASP.
Find out more about our Research and associated facilities.
Find out more about Athena Swan in the Faculty.

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Criminal record information

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

A criminal record check is not required for this position, however, all applicants will be required to declare if they have any 'unspent' criminal offences, including those pending.

Any offer of appointment will be in accordance with our Criminal Records policy. You can find out more about required checks and declarations in our Criminal Records information.

published: 09 December 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.