Associate Director Partnerships and Business Development, Institute of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (IFTT) / Creative Economy


Academic Development and Services
LCF - John Prince's St, London UK
Full time
Knowledge Exchange

1 March 2021 23:55

9 March 2021
£53,011 to £64,032 per annum

Working with the Director of the Institute for Fashion, Textiles and Technology (IFTT), the post holder will play a key role (0.8) in the strategic development of the Institute for Fashion, Textiles and Technology, UAL, including development and execution of the IFTT’s initial business plan (2021-2026), to raise funds for the IFTT through the establishment of partnerships from industry, academia and government, and overseeing delivery of contract research, Knowledge Exchange, related UKRI bid development activity - and to build academic and professional skillsets around contract research and research-informed Knowledge Exchange.  The post holder will also support development of emergent contract research / KE in creative economy activity (0.2).

Liaising with Fashion, Textiles and Technology related academics, world-leading industry partners, SME network and award recipients, the Associate Director Partnerships and Business Development will have access to advanced academic knowledge and expertise in wider Fashion, Textiles and Technology and adjacent sectors, and will support expansion and brokerage of high level industry, academic and government cross-sector partnerships to support the IFTT in the delivery of Business and Innovation leadership, and development of key skills pipelines informing the future shape of related industries.

The post holder will report to the Director of the Institute for Fashion, Textiles and Technology, and work across UAL, Colleges, Institutes and Research Centres, and partner Universities’ Research and Knowledge Exchange provision. They will also actively engage with KTN, UKRI, NESTA’s PEC, local and national government.

One of four emergent strategically aligned Institutes at UAL, the Institute of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (IFTT), builds on long established UAL expertise, and the current delivery of a £5.5m AHRC Creative Research & Development Partnership (CRDP) award (2018-23), The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT).  BFTT is one of nine game-changing CRDPs, part of the Government’s investment in the UK’s creative industries, and a flagship Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund initiative.  

Working in collaboration with University partners (including Loughborough University; University College London; Queen Mary University; University of Leeds and Cambridge University), BFTT has established a novel support programme for UK FTT SMEs, and consequently a portfolio of STEAM research and development initiatives spanning: sustainable design; environmental science; materials engineering and manufacturing; polymer chemistry; anthropology; business and management; computer science; digital design and production.  

The post holder will have experience of high level industry, academic and government cross-sector partnership development, and business and innovation leadership. The post holder will also be familiar with the UK Industrial Strategy and related national and regional economic development policies and strategies.  The post-holder will have experience of strategic business planning, and be familiar with contract research, existing Knowledge Transfer partnership (KTP), Knowledge Exchange (KE) schemes, and relevant R&D funding initiatives for SMEs and wider industry. 

This role may close earlier than the stated closing date if a sufficient number of applications are received. If you wish to apply for this position, we suggest to submit your application as soon as possible.

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Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

This opportunity is closed to applications.