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Business Engagement and Operations Manager - Defence and Security Mobility Doctoral Training Partnership

Faculty Central (FEPS)

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £39,152 to £44,045 Pro rata per annum
Part Time Fixed Term (0.6FTE until 30/09/2027)
Closing Date:  Friday 16 October 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1291820GN

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated Business Engagement and Operations Manager to join the support team for the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Mobility in Defence and Security within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. 

The Mobility DTP

The Defence and Security (D&S) sector plays a vital role in the UK economy accounting for £14 billion in exports in 2018. In an era of fast-paced technological advancement, this sector constantly strives not only to evolve to better understand the use and impact of alternative technology, but also to source and retain a highly skilled UK-based research workforce against competitive offers from other commercial sectors.

 The Mobility DTP pilot is a significant national centre with a high level of ministerial interest that will enable mobility between industry and academia, working closely with key partners within the UK Defence and Security (D&S) sector enhancing skills and capability through increased diffusion of knowledge between the business and academic sectors.

Piloting a novel modular doctoral training programme co-created with industry and providing bespoke training our aim is to increase the number of doctoral-level employees in the sector and to facilitate the return to study of employees and transitioners, such as those seeking mid-career change, or return to work in a research-led high-tech industry whilst exploring ways in which the DTP could be scaled up and applied to additional sectors of the UK economy. 

The Position

You will have proven experience of managing key relationships within the Commercial, Defence and Security or Postgraduate Research Management Sectors whilst also being able to plan and implement operational processes and structures.

You will be responsible for:

  • Leading the development of relationships with corporate partners and key national and international funders
  • Planning business engagement and outreach strategies
  • Leading the development of operational structures and governance of the DTP
  • Producing management information, reports, briefings and presentations to inform and update DTP partners and funders
  • Coordinating all aspects of the student lifecycle, working with supervisors to ensure that milestones are meet.
  • Leading programmes of work that feed into University level boards to help shape the future operational directions of DTP’s
  • Managing the financial resources of the DTP

This is a part time position 0.6 FTE, fixed term until 30th Sept 2027.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Robert Wood via or Amy Glen, Senior Executive Officer via

Application Procedure: 

You should submit your completed online application form a The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456 or email  Please quote reference 1291820GN on all correspondence. 


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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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