• Industry Programme Manager

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(02/11/2018 16:22)
    Job ID
    Industry Engagement
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Permanent Full-Time
    Salary Max
    GBP £52,785.00/Yearly
    Salary Min
    GBP £42,228.00/Yearly
    Pay Band
  • Job Scope

    The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. It is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as reflected in its founding charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas.


    Business is the engine of the UK economy and industry undertakes nearly two thirds of UK Research and Development. High quality research and development fuel economic growth and the creation of skills, high-value jobs and entrepreneurial businesses in our knowledge-driven economy. This means that the flow of ideas and skills between the research base, business, public and charity sectors is crucial to future prosperity.


    The Society has established a science, industry and translation programme to promote industrial science and translation. It aims to bring together industry, academia and government to advance ideas and support scientists in industry and those in academia who wish to develop their research into commercial products.  The programme covers a broad range of academic disciplines, industrial sectors and company sizes.


    Activities include a regional conference series and a scientific meeting series, which brings together representatives from industry, academia and government to discuss the major scientific and technical challenges. The Society funds industry fellowships and has recently launched a new Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Examples of the Society’s industry and innovation work can be found on the Society’s website.


    The Society is looking for an Industry Programme Manager to help take its science, industry and translation programme to the next stage. The Industry Programme Manager must have experience of working in, or with, industry research and development teams or in a university or technology organisation with a track record of translating research ideas into commercial products. The individual must have excellent networking skills and highly developed written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate across different stakeholder groups including industry, academia and government. They will also be highly organised with a demonstrable track record of delivering complex projects and experience of supervising the work of others.


    The role will involve supporting the team in the planning and delivery of the industry and innovation programme. This will include working with Fellows of the Society with industry connections, scientists working in industry, scientists with translation interests and partner organisations who share the same aims.  It will also involve working with colleagues in the Society to ensure that the industry voice is incorporated across the Society’s activities, including in the advice it provides to policy makers and its STEM education programmes.



    Reports to: Head of Industry Engagement

    Location: Carlton House Terrace, London

    Hours: 35 hours per week

    Pay band: E

    Salary: £42,228 - £52,785 per annum



    The closing date for applications is 18 November 2018.
    Interviews will be held the week commencing 26 November 2018.


    • Support the successful delivery of the industry and translation activities on time, to budget, and to the agreed scope
    • Deliver industry-focussed scientific conferences, events and regional meetings
    • Supervise work of other team members
    • Build relationships with scientists working in industry
    • Ensure that industrial science is embedded into the core activities of the Society
    • Contribute to other activities as required

    Key Knowledge and Skills Required


    • PhD or equivalent experience - Essential


    • Experience of industrial science and translation - Essential
    • Interest in a broad range of scientific issues - Essential
    • Excellent oral and written communication with a range of audiences - Essential
    • Excellent networking skills - Essential


    • Successfully managing and delivering complex projects - Essential
    • Establishing and maintaining a network of contacts - Essential
    • Supervision or management of staff  -Essential
    • Managing a budget - Desirable
    • Events management - Desirable
    • Writing, editing and disseminating reports - Desirable


    • Able to be flexible about working hours, including working occasional evenings, and to travel within UK on occasion - Essential



    • Identifies difficult situations
    • Recognises stress in others and takes steps to reduce it
    • Controls pressurised situations
    • Effectively enthuses those in the team
    • Proactively sets goals and targets for own work

    Working with others

    • Actively seeks ideas and criticisms from within the team
    • Resolves conflicts within and between teams
    • Embeds feedback processes within the team
    • Seeks out  new networks that will create opportunity for the Society 
    • Able to present complex issues simply 
    • Uses discretion, tact and empathy when negotiating with and/or seeking to influence others
    • Understands the need to manage expectations and to only promise what is deliverable

    Resource management

    • Determines strategy and deployment of resources, balancing cost and benefit; risk and potential for maximum impact across significant business areas 
    • Manages complex cross-cutting projects to time, budget and specification
    • Ensures others accept responsibility towards results or quality
    • Sets the quality standards for own business areas in accordance with strategy and contributes to the formulation of quality standards across the Society
    • Sets and monitors priorities
    • Identifies and manages risk effectively

    Critical thinking

    • Uses questioning, analytical and probing skills to ‘dig deeper’
    • Knows when enough information has been obtained and adapts presentation of information to the needs of the audience
    • Evaluates the benefits, practicalities and value for money of ideas and obtains feedback
    • Makes sound decisions in a complex or ambiguous environment and is able to gain support and manage challenges confidently


    • Actively seeks the input and opinions of others, often outside his/her section and accommodates and incorporates this thinking into any output.
    • Actively seeks new challenges and projects; leads discussions surrounding new ideas, approaches and projects
    • Anticipates need for innovation and seeks new ideas, approaches and solutions
    • Managing people and relationships • Sets expectations of others and ensures they deliver
    • Demonstrates a positive attitude towards work, celebrating success and instilling confidence, which encourages the same from others
    • Encourages others to share ideas and participate in the discussion and decisions of the team
    • Assesses needs of clients/stakeholders/staff and makes plans to meet these needs


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