Assistant Director, Research Operations

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Cranfield University
Level 7: normally in the range of £55,753-£61,942, with potential progression up to £76,988 per annum
Closing date:
Friday 9th June 2023
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Closing Date
Friday 9th June 2023


About the Role

You will provide leadership of the Research Operations function, leading a professional research operations service providing specialist expertise to senior staff and researchers across the University, whilst leading the development of a new professional post-award project management service. Working alongside other members of the RIO senior management team, you will help to set the strategic direction and ensure a fully integrated RIO service.

About You

You will be educated to a degree level and have significant experience of developing and implementing research operations strategy and service. With excellent communication skills, you will build strong relationships with stakeholders across the University, and you will have expert knowledge of key financial management aspects of research and innovation, including intellectual property contractual management, commercial relationship frameworks and terms and conditions for key research and innovation sponsors.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

The Research and Innovation office is a centralised service, supporting around 640 academic and research staff. With a team of just over 40, spread over three teams, we support research excellence partnerships and innovation, and pre-award research operations, including commercial partnerships.

We generate c. £42m each year in our research grant and contract funding. The heads of each service form the RIO senior management team and work closely with the Director to ensure an integrated and efficient service. Find out more here.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply                                    

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