Quantum Cluster Development Manager

Closing date is 5 October 2022

We are recruiting a Quantum Cluster Development Manager, who will jointly report to the Director of Clusters and Harwell Campus Business Development at the STFC, and the Deputy Director of Innovation at the NQCC – working closely with both teams and also with the Harwell Joint Venture Partnership.

  • Job Title: Quantum Applications Team Lead
  • Location: Harwell Campus- Oxfordshire, UK
  • Contract: Open-ended
  • Salary: £50,702 -£56,336 (Band F) gross per annum dependent on experience. Specialist Allowances may be available for suitably qualified candidates
  • Hours: Part Time/Full Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)
  • Visa Sponsorship: We are able to sponsor Visa applications, reimburse application fees, and encourage international candidates to apply. A relocation package may be available
  • Closing date: Oct. 5, 2022.

Harwell Campus is developing clusters focussed on key high-potential sectors of the UK economy, and encouraging multidisciplinary collaboration between clusters across the campus and beyond to spark innovation and fresh thinking. The power of clustering is well documented, and numerous benefits derive from the physical concentration of related businesses and science-led capabilities in one geographical area. The current clusters are Space, Energy, & Health at Harwell and Health, Space and Digital at Daresbury. This role will develop and manage a new Cluster in Quantum, with a primary focus at Harwell.

The NQCC is a new research institution dedicated to accelerating the development of quantum computing. The Centre works with businesses, government and the research community towards delivering quantum computing capabilities for the UK and supporting the growth of the emerging industry. As a national lab, the NQCC will act as an anchor research institution for the new cluster. A purpose-built facility for the NQCC is due to open at Harwell Campus in 2023. The NQCC is a joint initiative of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and is part of the wider National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP).

The key elements of this role are:

• Developing the strategy for the new Quantum Cluster: This involves working closely with cluster stakeholders: UKRI, partners in the National Quantum Technologies Programme, ESAkey opinion leaders across the UK, to develop a coherent and joined-up strategy for the cluster. Launching the new cluster and the strategy at a high-level event
• Supporting the growth of companies within the Quantum Cluster: ensuring that companies are benefiting from being part of the Cluster and that through the cluster they connect to the wider UK Quantum sector and to opportunities across the wider cluster network. This involves:
o Communicating with the Cluster organisations through regular newsletters, social media and in person at events, external conferences or direct meetings
o Understanding the needs and aspirations of cluster organisations and the opportunities within the wider cluster network
o Leveraging opportunities by connecting organisations, as appropriate
o Organising events, including a large annual Quantum event, company roundtables and workshops that are relevant to the organisations in the Cluster
o Working closely with the other Cluster Managers in the team, the NQCC and with other quantum clusters across the UK and internationally.

The Quantum Cluster Development Manager is a post within the Science & Technology Facilities Council. As well as the overarching themes articulated above, the Quantum Cluster Development Manager will:

• Work to exploit the cross-disciplinary activities inherent in the Harwell Campus for the benefit of the Quantum community and others
• Develop links to regional clusters around the UK to mutual benefit and the benefit of the UK economy, including the Sci-Tech Daresbury Campus and Edinburgh and other quantum centres of excellence, proactively supporting the Levelling up Agenda
• Build, maintain and refresh the strategy for the Quantum Cluster by identifying critical success factors to attract key players and accelerate the growth of the Quantum Cluster by engaging in new opportunities
• Work with Impact and Engagement colleagues to promote the offer of the Quantum Cluster locally, nationally and internationally
• Articulate the Quantum Cluster offer to businesses that are contemplating growing or investing in Harwell, via event attendance and managing the generation of leads from this, from inception through to delivery of an agreed development, partnering and funding plan
• Support/lead the development of tenders and bid inputs, ensuring effective negotiations of commercial deals and delivery of successful outcomes to boost innovation and growth within the cluster and stronger connectivity to the rest of the UK
• Track metrics of performance and growth of the Harwell Quantum cluster.

Person Specification:

Essential criteria:
• Educated to degree level or above in a relevant subject or equivalent relevant experience
• Demonstrated understanding of the Quantum sector and quantum-enabled services and applications, and links to other sectors such as Energy, Health and Space
• Demonstrated experience in creating and developing business strategies and demonstrated ability to think, plan and operate strategically and lead others in planning
• Proven ability to translate strategic plans into deliverable actions which deliver the required results
• Experience in writing successful business cases and/or funding proposals
• General familiarity with the demands of the high-tech industry
• Experience in the implementation of collaborative programmes
• Experience of working across public and private sectors
• Excellent knowledge of both the Quantum SME community and large corporations
• Proven leadership experience – an ability to demonstrate vision and take people with you.

Desirable criteria:
• Excellent knowledge of the investment landscape and mechanisms in the UK and internationally
• Understanding of how the government is structured and key partner organisations
• Experience of having secured funding for projects
• Degree in science or engineering.

Essential criteria:
• Self-motivated, flexible, proactive, and innovative
• Able to develop new concepts, solutions and ideas in response to emerging issues of importance to the organisation, and to articulate conclusions clearly
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written which convey confidence, trustworthiness and a high degree of professionalism
• Excellent stakeholder management skills –Strong presentational skills – able to deliver complex messages to a wide range of audiences
• Results-focused with an ability to prioritise work, manage time effectively, and complete objectives within agreed standards and deadlines
• Excellent negotiation skills
• Ability to build strong collaborative relationships – influencing and networking skills with a demonstrable ability to influence the thinking and actions of others
• Excellent project management skills with experience in the whole project lifecycle including appraisals and finance
• Experience in leading, managing and working in teams with open communication structures.

Special Requirements:
Must be able to travel within the UK and abroad.

About Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking. And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

For more information about STFC please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/.

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About UK Research Innovation (UKRI)

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Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation.

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