Digital Catapult

Manager R&D Programmes

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Digital Catapult is seeking to hire an experienced Manager R&D Programmes to drive the growth of our R&D programme and portfolio in the UK whilst keeping abreast of opportunities in the EU. Reporting to the Head of R&D, the successful candidate will be responsible for shaping our R&D strategy, developing partnerships and ideas for R&D proposals, securing funding for new projects and managing their funded project portfolio.

what you’ll do
  • Form novel ideas and external partnerships to submit proposals and secure funding for new R&D projects
  • Develop broader strategies and plans for growing our externally-funded R&D portfolio
  • Develop partnerships with UK-based businesses and universities in the R&D space
  • Keep abreast of R&D opportunities and calls in the UK
  • Partner with internal technical leaders to submit well written technical proposals
  • For the projects secured, drive the start-up phase and oversee their execution
what we’re looking for
  • Wide knowledge of the UK's funding landscape and mechanisms with an eagerness to take UK partnerships into Europe
  • Track record, or proven potential, of securing R&D funding
  • Well networked with like-minded organisations / collaborators in the R&D space
  • Experience with R&D and/or innovation, in particular the ability and instinct for developing novel ideas with customers/users/technology providers
  • Experience of defining, scoping and operationalising new R&D projects, including work packages, resources and priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, stakeholder management and influencing skills