Institute Manager and Head of Projects and Partnerships (IGID)

United Kingdom
Jul 27, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Job Purpose

Job Summary: The Institute for Global Innovation and Development (IGID) is a new and exciting investment from the University of Birmingham designed to bring together diverse strands of research with the aim of addressing the most pressing global challenges.

The IGID is in its inception phase, and the successful candidate will act as the Professional Services lead for the Institute. In the short term, the Manager will work alongside the Academic Director (Interim) to assist with establishing the Institute and the intellectual challenges it will address. Beyond this, the Manager will be responsible for overseeing the day to day management of the Institute, as well as two broad strands of activity: 1) Provision of strategic bid support for IGID affiliated staff seeking research funding 2) overseeing a programme of activity that ensures the IGID makes a strong contribution to the broader research environment of the University of Birmingham.
The IGID Institute Manager will report directly to the Head of Strategic Research Development (Research Support Services), the post will also have a ‘dotted line’ to the IGID Director. The Institute Manager will have line management responsibility for the IGID Institute Administrator.


Person Specification

Knowledge and Skills

  • Strategic Thinking and Perspective
  • Ability to think, inform and contribute strategically on matters related to the development of life sciences research and knowledge transfer activities in Birmingham especially to synthesise and integrate complex information from internal and external sources to inform strategy.
  • Excellent analytical skills (financial, situational and organisational) with a proven ability to analyse complex information and present conclusions, at both strategic and operational levels, clearly and concisely
  • Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the strategic priorities and challenges for research in higher education and for the University and how this translates into action
  • Leading People
  • Have the gravitas and credibility with senior management, senior academics and external stakeholders to lead discussions and build partnerships in support of major, interdisciplinary research projects.
  • Ability to lead teams with energy and enthusiasm, gaining their commitment to projects through tactful and diplomatic negotiation
  • Ability to proactively identify and exploit opportunities for making improvements in how we develop major strategic bids for funding.
  • Performance and Resource Management
  • Ability to work and manage resources that are not direct reports and to do so effectively, efficiently and supportively when under pressure, prioritising a diverse workload and always responding professionally and in a customer–focussed way.
  • Creative attitude and excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to generate innovative responses when faced with a range of challenging scenarios
  • Communication
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a wide range of audiences. Ability to confidently communicate one-on-one and in front of a group in a persuasive manner, gaining cooperation from people with disparate goals.
  • Working Collaboratively
  • Ability to build trusted relationships, consensus around ideas and to lead a diverse team from across Professional Services in the delivery of highly competitive major interdisciplinary research proposals
  • Demonstrates and promotes knowledge sharing across the University in best practice in, e.g., development of proposals, engagement of stakeholders, risk management


Qualifications and experience

  • Educated to degree level, or similar.
  • The ability to exercise a substantial degree of independent professional responsibility, autonomous working and decision making.
  • A commitment to providing a proactive, customer orientated service to stakeholders.
  • Extensive relationship management experience and ability to represent the University with confidence, diplomacy and authority, working at senior levels within external organisations.
  • Experience of establishing strong and effective working relationships across a range of seniorities both internally and externally, using tact, diplomacy and influencing skills.
  • Proven experience of managing multiple complex projects and conflicting deadlines and priorities
  • Proven record of leading and motivating a team and a commitment to the promotion of equal opportunities.
  • Significant experience of working in an R&D environment building and leading multi-faceted teams across academic and professional services and managing the development of large and complex multi-disciplinary proposals.
  • A highly developed understanding of the HE research funding environment, including domestic, international, commercial and philanthropic opportunities. This understanding must be coupled with proven ability to weave opportunities together to take a strategic approach to the pursuit of funding.
  • Considerable understanding of bidding processes associated with global development related funding (e.g. GCRF, DfID etc.)
  • The drive and commitment to assist in the establishment and development of a high profile research Institute with ambitions for impact at the global level.
  • Experience of resource planning / management (including financial management) and strategic planning across a multi-year cycle.
  • The ability to monitor, evaluate and reflect upon performance and implement changes to structures and procedures in order to proactively solve problems and improve service quality.

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