Network Manager

Updated: 26 days ago
Location: Durham, ENGLAND

Network Manager (
Job Number:
Department of Engineering
Grade 7: - £18549.50 - £19673.50 which is pro rata from the full time salary of £37,099 - £39,347 per annum
Fixed Term - Part Time
Contract Duration: Fixed term until 31st December 2026
Contracted Hours per Week: 17.5
Closing Date
: 26-Jun-2024, 6:59:00 PM
Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Not Applicable. 

The University 

At Durham University we are proud of our people.  A globally outstanding centre of educational excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other. We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things professionally and personally. 

Across the University we have a huge variety of roles and career opportunities, which together make us a large and successful community, which is a key hub of activity within our region and nationally.  We would be thrilled if you would consider joining our thriving University. Further information about the University can be found here .

The Role and Department

Durham University, in collaboration with Newcastle and Edinburgh Universities, has recently been awarded an EPSRC networking grant “Net-Zero Enabling Electrical Engineering to build a strong community of excellence in electrical engineering research that will supportunderpin and enable the successful development of future net-zero technologies. 

The Network Manager will support the Network Leadership Team to coordinate N-ZEEE’s activities and operation including organising a range of network events (workshops, annual conference, advisory board meetings, etc.), supporting secondments and funding awards, producing publicity and communication materials, coordinating network report writing, managing project finances and identifying opportunities for network development. This is a role which requires close and effective collaboration with the project leads and the post holder will be an integral part of the network and its success. The post holder will need to be an organised and effective communicator but also bring imaginative and creative ideas to the role.

This is a 50% role and we are open to discussing working arrangements (including working days and flexible working) with the successful candidate. It is expected the post-holder will primarily work in-person within the Department of Engineering.

The successful applicant would become part of the University's Research Project Manager Network, providing them with role-specific support, training and resources. 

This fixed term appointment is until 31st December 2026 and is available to start from 1st July 2024. 

Further information about the role and the responsibilities is at the bottom of this job description. 

Working at Durham  

A competitive salary is only one part of the many fantastic benefits you will receive if you join the University: you will also receive access to the following fantastic benefits:  

  • 30 Days annual leave per year in addition to 8 public holidays and 4 customary days per year – a total of 42 days per year.
  • The University closes between Christmas and New Year.
  • We offer a generous pension scheme, As a new member of staff you will be automatically enrolled  into the University Superannuation Scheme (USS). 
  • No matter how you travel to work, we have you covered.  We have parking across campus, a cycle to work scheme which helps you to buy a bike and discount with local bus and train companies. 
  • There is a genuine commitment to developing our colleagues professionally and personally.  There is a comprehensive range of development courses, apprenticeships and access to qualifications and routes to develop your career in the University.  All staff have dedicated annual time to concentrate on their personal development opportunities.  
  • Lots of support for health and wellbeing including discounted membership for our state of the art sport and gym facilities and access to a 24-7 Employee Assistance Programme. 
  • On site nursery is available and access to holiday camps for children aged 5-16 throughout the year. 
  • Family friendly policies, including maternity and adoption leave, which are among the most generous in the higher education sector (and likely above and beyond many employers). 
  • The opportunity to take part in staff volunteering activities to make a difference in the local community. 
  • Discounts are available via our benefits portal including; money off at supermarkets, high street retailers, IT products such as Apple, the cinema and days out at various attractions.  
  • A salary sacrifice scheme is also available to help you take advantage of tax savings on benefits.  

If you are moving to Durham, we can help with removal costs and we have a dedicated team who can help you with the practicalities such as house hunting and schools.  If you need a visa, we cover most visa costs and offer an interest free loan scheme to pay for dependant visas. 

Durham University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion  

Our collective aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and we believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  As a university equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do.  We also live by our values and our Staff Code of Conduct.  At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI. 

We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  If you have taken time out of your career, and you feel it relevant, let us know about it in your application.  If you are a candidate with a disability, we are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, reasonable adjustments will be made to support people within their role. 

What you need to demonstrate when you apply/Person Specification   
When you apply it is important that you let us know what skills/experience you have from a similar role and/or what skills/experience you have which would make you right for this role.  Further information about the role and responsibilities is at the end of this job description.  Where a criterion has an asterisk* next to it, it may be given additional weighting when your application is considered.     
Your application should cover the following criteria:   

Essential Criteria


1.     Educated to degree level (or equivalent experience). 

2.     Professional practitioner with knowledge and expertise in the delivery and development of research activities and events, and in the management of projects and diverse teams.

3.     Experience of implementing policies and procedures and supporting change and service improvements.  

4.     Experience of providing specialist advice and guidance to a range of stakeholders and colleagues, including more senior colleagues. 

5.     Experience of participating in internal or external networks to share and discuss good practice, develop strong and productive working relationships and positively influence the University’s reputation. 


6.     Excellent spoken and written communication skills including the ability to develop effective working relationships, both internally and externally. 

7.     Strong digital competence across a range digital devices and apps including digital communication tools and Microsoft 365 applications. 

8.     Commitment to continuing professional development to maintain professional recognition. 

9.     Knowledge and experience of ensuring compliance with regulatory and organisational policy and guidelines. 

10.  Ability to solve problems and decide on and plan appropriate solutions. 

11.  Confident ability to engage with and influence a range of academic and professional colleagues and stakeholders. 

Desirable Criteria 

12.  Knowledge of engineering or an engineering-related discipline. 

13.  Experience of academic research or professional support for research. 

14.  Knowledge of the UK research funding landscape. 

15.  Experience of report and grant writing processes.

How to Apply    

To progress to the assessment stage, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification above. It will be at the discretion of the recruiting panel as to whether they will also consider any desirable criteria, but we would urge candidates to provide evidence for all criteria.  Please don’t forget to check if there are any weighted criteria (see above). 

While some criteria will be considered at the shortlisting stage, other criteria may be considered later in the assessment process, such as questions at interview.    
Submitting your application  

We prefer to receive applications online.   We will update you about your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to make sure you have not missed any of our updates. 
What you need to submit 

  • A CV;
  • two-page supporting statement or covering letter which outlines how you meet all of the criteria within the Person Specification;    
  • EDI Statement (one page) which should describe your view of the role of equality, diversity and inclusion within academic research and networks.
  • Contact details    
    For a chat about the role or any further information please contact Professor Christopher Crabtree ([email protected] ). 

    Typical Role Requirements   

    Service Delivery/Development 

    • Lead the organisation and management of the N-ZEEE network under the guidance of the Network Leadership Team and Network Advisory Board. 
    • Manage the delivery of the N-ZEEE Network and its associated activities.
    • Show a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and the University’s values. 
    • Look for ways to improve the Network’s reach, effectiveness and impact across all areas of your work. 
    • Determine strategies and requirements for effective network communication and engagement, including website development and regular and targeted communication. 
    • Organise, attend and contribute to network events and activities to enable visibility of the role and the network management. 
    • Provide specialist advice and guidance relating to the operation of the network, based on your professional expertise, in line with the University’s policies, regulations and values. 
    • Provide the best possible service by continually reviewing what is required from project leads (academic staff) and collaborators and contribute to ideas and service improvements. 
    • Review and look for ways to improve systems and procedures that are relevant to your area of work in line with the University’s frameworks and regulations. 
    • Provide specialist knowledge and support when interpreting and analysing complex data and information sources. 

    Planning and Organisation 

    • Contribute to progressing the strategic and operational priorities of the N-ZEEE Network. 
    • Seek feedback from key stakeholders so that N-ZEEE can adapt and respond to stakeholder expectations and to plan future activities and requirements. 
    • Analyse information on the success, reach and impact of N-ZEEE to recommend areas for future improvement and to feed into network reporting. 
    • Manage budgets and expenditure including buying (and returning) goods and services. 


    • Provide advice and share guidance with your stakeholders to ensure that the University’s policies, procedures and regulations are complied with. 
    • Use your operational expertise to lead and participate in business meetings, working groups and sub-committees. 
    • Coordinate and organise committees and other business meetings and deal with any related activity (such as setting agendas, producing minutes and following-up actions). 
    • Respond to external factors that might affect the network or its operation. 
    • Use your expertise to provide training or guidance to other stakeholders. 
    • Create positive working relationships, including internal and external networks, using your networks to increase your knowledge and skills and swap information with peers. 
    • Any other reasonable duties. 

    Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement Privacy Notices - Durham University  which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.    

    The post is part time, fixed term for a 2.5-year period from 1st July 2024 and may be offered on an internal secondment basis subject to the agreement of the current line manager. 

    When appointing to this role the University must ensure that it meets any applicable immigration requirements, including salary thresholds which are applicable to some visas.

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