Energy Storage Research and Business Development Manager – School of Chemical Engineering – 55823 – Grade 8

Fixed-term Full-time University of Birmingham in Education and Training , in Engineering & Manufacturing , in Oil, Gas, Energy
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  • Post Date : August 26, 2021
  • Apply Before : September 19, 2021
  • Salary: £41,526.00 - £49,533.00 / Per Annum
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Position Details

Area:                 School of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Salary:               Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,533 with potential progression once in post to £55,750
Band/Grade:      Grade 8
Hours:                Full time
Duration:            Fixed-term for up to 24 months
Location:            University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
Closing Date:    19 September 2021


The Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES) is one of the flagship research centres at the Birmingham Energy Institute. Since 2013, BCES has grown rapidly and enhanced reputation for its research. With ongoing programmes and a large number of research and commercial projects beginning during 2021, a skilled and experienced research manager is required to manage day-to-day activity from a selection of projects, maintain and then improve current levels of research income and contribute to the development of a small team of professional staff.

Summary of Role

The aim of the role is to contribute at a senior level on a sustained basis to maintaining and improving the performance of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES).

The role will involve working closely with the Centre director to identify relevant and strategic opportunities for research income generation, to seek leading roles in novel areas of research, and to generate positive profile and impact for BCES. Identifying appropriate efficiencies within BCES is a major priority, ensuring that the Centre maintains its ability to deliver at pace.

BCES day-to-day activity will include end-to-end project management for research (public and private) and engaging project stakeholders. A significant proportion of time will be spent developing consortia for research grant applications, taking the lead on behalf of the director as necessary and driving initiatives forward. The post-holder will contribute directly to proposal writing.

Engagement at both School and College level is required to act as a conduit between the Operations Team and BCES, maintaining a positive relationship through regular communication and joint problem-solving.

Line management duties cover: 1 x Project Manager and 1 x Network Manager.

Some international travel (Covid-19 permitting) may be required throughout the job lifetime.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

Centre Operations

Ensuring that BCES runs effectively will be an important element of the post-holder’s activity:

•    Secretariat duties for quarterly management meetings with the BCES Director/Co-Directors;
•    Engage School and College Operations Team staff as appropriate to inform them of recent and planned developments;
•    Coordinate initiatives with the Birmingham Energy Institute, to ensure mutual complementarity.

Line Management

•    Ensure that direct reports set performance targets annually and work with them to ensure they achieve their goals;
•    Create a safe, friendly environment where direct reports can talk openly and honestly.
•    Maintain a positive sense of morale;
•    Ensure that major initiatives covered by direct reports (Tyseley Energy Park and the Supergen Energy Storage Network+) are delivered effectively;
•    Ensure that line management style prioritises balancing wellbeing and meeting business needs appropriately;
•    Co-identify opportunities for development across the School, College, institution and externally.

Research and Project Management

The post-holder is expected to work closely with academic staff members to identify relevant research income opportunities and capture these, as well as managing them once they are set up:

•    Leading the end-to-end management of research projects; including monitoring and delivery, reporting, procurement and risk management;
•    Contributing directly to project deliverables (where appropriate) as required;
•    Developing consortia for funding opportunities, contributing directly to bid writing, managing stakeholders and overseeing internal and external submission processes;
•    Bringing various strategic initiatives from the Director/Co-Directors to fruition, heading up working groups of professional staff from across the University where necessary.

Stakeholder Engagement

•    Engaging project monitoring staff and project partners to report and facilitate the progress of projects;
•    Negotiating the position of BCES (and where appropriate, the post-holder’s) in projects or proposal creation processes;
•    Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders from academia and industry.

Other duties 

The university encourages a spirit of co-operation and members of staff are expected to help in a variety of tasks as the need arises. The post holder will carry out any other duties that as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by their Line Manager or Centre Director/Co-Directors.

•    Support the Centre/Institute Deputy/Director/professional services line manager and the senior management team in the development, training and implementation of systems and operational processes;
•    Support their professional services line manager in implementation of BCES’ strategy.

Person Specification


•    Educated to degree level or significant equivalent experience in an education/higher education environment


The post-holder will have:

•    Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
•    Excellent negotiation skills, with the ability to acquire a leading role for BCES and BEI in activities of strategic value
•    A knowledge of leadership that can be applied to managing a team

The post-holder will be able to:

•    Work sensitively with internal and external stakeholders
•    Deliver high quality work at pace, prioritising where necessary
•    Influence stakeholders, gaining their input when time constrained
•    Translate complex information for different audiences, either through oral or written means
•    Identify and present solutions to hurdles that arise
•    Identify and understand the priorities of other stakeholders

Knowledge and Experience

Applicants must demonstrate:

•    Knowledge of / experience in the energy sector
•    Experience of managing and delivering complex, collaborative projects
•    Experience of working within a higher education or research funding space is desirable.
•    Knowledge of bid writing and submission processes to UK Research and Innovation (other funders including BEIS are desirable)
•    Track record of contributing directly to successful funding proposals
•    Experience of leading a team
•    Experience of supporting senior leadership

Informal enquiries can be made to Lada Zimina;

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We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working. 

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