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CSconnected Programme Manager

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Cardiff University School of Physics & Astronomy

Managerial, Professional and Specialist Staff – MPSS

CSconnected Strength in Places Fund

Cardiff University is recruiting an enthusiastic, highly-motivated individual with proven managerial and technical knowledge to lead the coordination and management of the Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) ‘CSconnected’ project.  The successful applicant will have a key role in supporting the SIPF consortium and South Wales semiconductor cluster in its next stages of evolution and growth, driving collaborations with industry, HE and FE partners and government bodies.

This £43million, 54-month project aims to strengthen the position of the compound semiconductor cluster in South Wales to compete in rapidly evolving global markets.  It is part-funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund (£25million) with the balance of investments provided by consortium partners, including Cardiff and Swansea Universities, the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, seven industry and two government partners.

The SIPF project consists of a core of four collaborative R&D projects focussed on different CS technology areas, each led by an industry partner.  Further funds will strengthen development of the cluster through coordinated promotion, branding, business development and international activities, alongside upgrading of existing office accommodation to support a CSconnected ‘front-of-house’.  Funding will also support skills initiatives with a focus on strengthening cooperation around the workforces needed by the cluster in future.  The SIPF project is part of a wider portfolio of activities and investments in compound semiconductors across the region.

The ideal candidate will have experience of management and leadership of multi-partner, industry-focussed programmes, strong project management and financial reporting experience, and demonstrate strong negotiation and interpersonal communication skills.  Applicants must hold a Project Management qualification and have experience of Compound Semiconductors in the academic or industrial environment.

This is a full-time, fixed-term post at Grade 8 level, starting in August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, until 31 May 2025.

Salary: £51,034 - £59,135 per annum (Grade 8).  The appointment will be made dependent on relevant qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made by email to Prof. Peter Smowton (SmowtonPM@cardiff.ac.uk) or Rebecca Blackwell (BlackwellRM@cardiff.ac.uk).

Informal enquiries about working at Cardiff University can be made to Rebecca Blackwell (Blackwellrm@cardiff.ac.uk)

For further details on the role and to apply, please refer to the full Job Description (ref. 11671BR), published on Cardiff University ‘Vacancies’ webpages: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jobs

Date advert posted: Friday, 28 May 2021

Closing date: Friday, 25 June 2021

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

The role holder will be responsible for providing comprehensive planning. coordination, leadership and delivery of day-to-day project management and administrative support to the ‘CSconnected’ Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) project.

The CSconnected SIPF consortium includes two University partners and ten further industry and government partners.  Part-funded by UK government funding provided through UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund, the £43 million, 54-month CSconnected SIPF project aims to strengthen the position of the compound semiconductor (CS) cluster in South Wales to compete in rapidly evolving global markets.  SIPF is providing £25m of funding, with the balance of investment provided by partners.

The SIPF project consists of a core of four collaborative R&D projects focussed on different CS technology areas, each led by an industry partner.  Further funds will strengthen development of the cluster through coordinated promotion, branding, business development and international activities, alongside upgrading of existing office accommodation to support a CSconnected ‘front-of-house’.  Funding will also support skills initiatives with a focus on strengthening cooperation around the workforces needed by the cluster in future.  The SIPF project is part of a wider portfolio of activities and investments in compound semiconductors across the region.

The Programme Manager will be responsible for all aspects of Cardiff University’s day-to-day management and administration of the SIPF award, providing dedicated professional services support to ensure the programme successfully delivers its aims. To achieve this they will be expected to:

Maintain a strategic view of the set of activities within the scope of the programme, monitoring inter-dependencies and risks and contributing to resolution of issues;

Proactively scope and address UKRI and partner requirements for progress monitoring, reporting and evaluation, and translate these into operational plans and procedures, in consultation with CSconnected governance structures and wider university professional services teams (School, and central finance, procurement, research and innovation services departments);

Monitor and review programme budgets, costs and resources, ensuring financial risks are well-managed, issues are effectively addressed, and administrative processes support compliance with audit and state aid regulations.
Provide advice, guidance and support, communicating effectively across the consortium and beyond in relation to SIPF objectives, outcomes and impacts.

The post holder will also provide coordination and operational support to some of the activities of the Condensed Matter and Photonics Group (School of Physics and Astronomy) under the direction of Professor Peter Smowton, as they relate to CSconnected project activities, ensuring strong alignment with the growing portfolio of major compound semiconductor projects led by the School, including the EPSRC Future Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Hub, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing, and the Institute for Compound Semiconductors. These activities all involve collaborations with members of the SIPF consortium and other groups in the UK, Europe, and the USA.

The ideal candidate for this position will have knowledge and experience of management and leadership of multi-partner, industry-focussed programmes, excellent project management and financial reporting experience, and demonstrate strong negotiation and interpersonal communication skills.

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