Critical Technologies Accelerator Programme and Development Manager

University of Glassgow
June 23, 2024
Offerd Salary:£57,696 - £64,914
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Critical Technologies Accelerator Programme and Development Manager

Job Purpose

The University of Glasgow is looking for a highly motivated candidate to lead the Critical Technologies Accelerator (CTA) and ensuring its long-term sustainability past the current funding cycle. Working with the CTA Director, the Director of the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (JWNC), and their Director of Strategy, and the broader academic team, you will be responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of the overall portfolio of CTA projects. You will also have responsibility for working with industry and other collaboration partners to define and lead the development of new projects, including identifying external funding sources to secure the long-term sustainability of the Innovation Accelerator once the current round of CTA IA Levelling-Up funding expires in March 2025. It should be noted that the University has submitted an application to Glasgow City Region Innovation Zone that would secure funding for the project until March 2030.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Drive all necessary recruitment for CTA personnel needed to keep the centre running at full headcount allocation.

2. Provide leadership for the broader IA team to ensure the CTA IA programme and range of CTA IA sub-projects are delivered on time and within budget. Develop a range of KPIs that can be used to guide the activities of the IA including beyond the pilot phase.

3. Proactively work with the relevant PIs to develop a range of KPIs on goal setting and ongoing performance management of the engineering team, ensuring effective delivery across multiple projects.

4. Lead on effective and timely engagement, consultation and influencing across the internal stakeholder groups and external partners to ensure successful project delivery and the realisation of key project outcomes within the required timescales.

5. Working with the Project Manager, provide effective oversight of project management and administration, ensuring it is maintained efficiently and addresses all key elements.

6. Together with the Chair and the Project Manager, lead the business of the CTA IA Steering Group including the effective coordination of all work- packages across the CTA IA Programme, seeking updates on progress as required, to ensure project success and minimise risk.

7. Working with the Project Manager, ensure the CTA IA risk register is maintained, liaising effectively with all key stakeholders and owners of risks in order that all risks are actively and timeously managed.

8. Have oversight of the resource requirements to deliver the project, raising concerns with the CTA IA Leadership team where there are issues of either capacity, capability, or both, making and implementing recommendations for resolution to ensure successful delivery.

9. Proactively maintain and develop customer relationships. Building upon an existing core of industry partners, expand and consolidate the CTA IA project portfolio and associated industrial engagement of the CTA IA Pilot, raising direct industrial and grant funding in support of associated research and commercialisation activities.

10. Work strategically with the CTA IA Academic Leadership Team to identify and agree areas which are priority for new projects/collaboration that can sustain the Centre. This will include identifying and developing new projects and negotiating financial support for these from industry and/or funding bodies.

11. Drive strategy development for delivery and future sustainability of the overall CTA IA programme.

12. Lead the bid proposal process including bid writing and bid management.

13. Line management responsibility for the CTA Project Manager and the CTA Engineering team.

14. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as required by the JWNC Director and JWNC Director of Strategy.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge / Qualifications


A1 Ability to demonstrate the necessary strategic competencies required to undertake the duties associated with this level of post having acquired the necessary professional knowledge and leadership experience in a similar or number of different specialist roles.

Or: Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9,10 or 11 (Ordinary/Honours Degree, Post Graduate Qualification), or equivalent, including being professionally qualified in relevant discipline, with a broad range of professional leadership experience in strategically important specialist areas.

A2 Significant knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing the development of technology or new products in a relevant technical area and how to communicate this authoritatively with stakeholders.

A3 Proven track record of raising substantial funding or of winning significant commercial contracts for technology / product development.

A4 Working knowledge of the commercial, contractual and financial challenges within projects at each stage of development in SMEs and Corporates and strategies to overcome these challenges.


B1 Qualification in programme/project management/change management.



C1 Excellent management skills, with evidence of managing diverse and multifaceted projects of significant scale and complexity.

C2 Demonstrable skills in engaging and working with a broad range of senior stakeholders either commercial customers from industry to win contracts or from civil service, funding bodies or academia to achieve significant commercial outcomes.

C3 Significant networking, relationship management, consultancy and facilitation skills.

C4 Excellent organisational skills, project management and reporting ability.

C5 Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.

C6 Proven leadership and management skills.

C7 Proven ability to successfully influence and persuade senior internal and external stakeholders.

C8 Significant business development and entrepreneurial skills, with tenacity and drive to bring together, lead and facilitate multi-disciplinary teams in pursuit and achievement of commercial or research/funding/project goals.

C9 Significant ability to develop a plan for the long-term strategic priorities while meeting shorter term operational deliverables.



E1 Substantial professional experience in private / public sector with a track record in co-ordinating and winning significant commercial contracts for new products or coordinating the assembly and / or delivery of large technology development projects including academia and industry.

E2 Track record of developing innovative solutions to business engagement in collaborative projects.

E3 Substantial experience of working in complex environments and projects involving multiple stakeholders.

E4 Experience of target setting and performance management.

E5 Track record of engaging and working with professional project teams and ensuring delivery of projects to achieve key targets.

E6 Track record of influencing and negotiating at senior levels in the public and/or private sector towards the successful delivery of organisational objectives.

E7 Experience of leading teams containing a range of internal and / or external stakeholders and driving strategy in a related environment.


F1 Track record of success in winning large commercial projects or academic funding.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 9, £57,696 - £64,914 per annum.

This post is full time (35 hours per week), and has funding for up to 8 months in the first instance.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

Vacancy Ref : 148109 Close Date : 23-Jun-2024 23:45

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