Impact and Partnership Development Manager (Project Manager)

Updated: 27 days ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 05 Sep 2022

Innovation, Impact and Business

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

This 0.4FTE post is available to start upon contract execution with UKRI (Autumn 2022) for a fixed term period of three years. This part-time role (0.4FTE) has the possibility of additional hours in the future across the University’s wider research portfolio for the right candidate. The post will manage a UKRI funded project working closely with academic leads in Biosciences and the Business School, and external partners. 

Summary of the role

Ranked among the top 150 universities in the world, Exeter has become one of the UK’s fastest growing and quickest rising research universities. We are investing in the Directorate of Innovation, Impact and Business to drive forward our already strong relationships with business; grow our potential for significant impact; and galvanise regional and global innovation. 

The post entails managing the research and engagement activities for a BBSRC funded project which will be integrating social sciences (agricultural and environmental economics) and natural sciences (animal physiology and nutrition, sensor chemistry, anaerobic digestion and crop science) to redefine the possibilities of warm-water shrimp ("king prawn") production, establishing a blueprint for fully sustainable UK production using recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). The project involves 11 academic collaborators led by, and mainly based at, the University of Exeter, but also the University of Reading and Rothamsted Research. The project also has 10 non-academic partners including 3 shrimp aquaculture/R&D companies, aquaculture nutrition (Cargill), seafood retailers/suppliers (Sainsbury’s; Lyons Seafoods), renewable energy (Ixora Energy), and organisations related to aquaculture health and aquatic conservation (Cefas, PML Applications Ltd., Ocean Conservation Trust). This is an ambitious £2.5 million project, which is part of a wider £14 million programme of 11 projects within the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) called “Transforming UK Food Systems”. The importance of success necessitates tight project management and so regular and positive interaction between all the partners will need to be managed closely with appropriate skill and awareness of their various needs.

This post requires a project manager with a proven track record in managing large, complex, multi-partner projects.

The successful candidate will be interested in the latest research impacts across the economy and society, and possess excellent communication skills.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022).  

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City .

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


We offer some fantastic benefits including: 

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England  

Further information

Please contact Alex Huke (Head of Environment and Clean Growth, Innovation Impact and Business) / 07917348284; Prof. Rod Wilson (Biosciences)

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