Creative SME R&D Programme Manager


Academic Development and Services
LCF - John Prince's St, London UK
Full time
Fixed Term
20 months (in the first instance)

10 October 2020 23:55

22 October 2020
£46,423.00 - £55,932.00 per annum

The post holder will manage and oversee the development of the Creative SME R&D Support Programme of the Business for Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) award – A Creative Industries Cluster Programme (CICP), funded by the UK Industrial Strategy and delivered by Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The post holder will also grow this Programme activity across an established and extensive network, including the recruitment and selection of SME applications, the monitoring of placements and reporting to funding bodies.

Working in consultation with the BFTT Directors across the partnership, and building on this established portfolio and UK wide network, the post holder will also develop provision for contract research and KTP activity toward achieving growth in state-of-the-art innovation in fashion, textiles, technology and adjacent industry sectors.

This work will include pre-application support and mentoring for business value proposition development and proposal writing – as part of an emerging team of business development support across the partnership.

University of the Arts London is in receipt of one of nine game-changing Creative R&D Partnerships awards (£5.5million) as part of the UK Government’s investment in the creative industries under the CICP, funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Managed by the PI / Director of the Business for Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT), and working across a strong industry and University partnership including: Loughborough University; University College London; Queen Mary University London; University of Leeds and University of Cambridge, the post holder will lead the Creative SME R&D Support Programme – a multi-million pound initiative aimed at accelerating the growth of fashion, textile and technology (FTT) related SMEs, and adjacent industry initiatives via collaborative R&D partnership projects.

The Programme to date has supported R&D innovation in the following fields: bio-material development; food and metal waste initiatives; sustainable woven and non-woven textiles for interiors, and healthcare; laser technology applications for material finishing; on-shoring of sustainable manufacturing; novel digital solutions to crowdsource creativity, and supply chain traceability. 

The Programme is looking to advance cross-sector partnership R&D in a number of fields including sustainable design, production and engineering processes; reimagining current or new products, services and experiences; development of applications for XR, AI and machine learning. The programme portfolio currently comprises approx. 15 high-value funded R&D SME projects (£1.5m in value), which the post holder will manage and oversee.

Among the criteria are:

  • Track record in business development, Knowledge Transfer Partnership / Exchange, and enterprise support
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of technology innovation and application within the creative industries, e.g. biotechnologies, artificial intelligence, supply chain analysis, virtual, augmented reality
  • Knowledge of Industrial Strategy and related national and regional economic development policies/strategies
  • Experience of planning and managing multiple R&D projects and their successful delivery between industry and Higher Education Institutions
  • Experience with legal and contractual negotiations between HEIs and industry, including Intellectual Property
  • Experience and proven track record of identifying and nurturing industry partnerships and collaborations with partner organisations, HEIs and businesses both nationally and internationally

Please, refer to the job description attached for the full list of criteria.

If you have any queries you may contact ADS Recruitment Team via email

UAL is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive university - a place where we all can be ourselves and reach our full potential in our work, learning and creative practice. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

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