Tuesday, December 9, 2014

09/12/2014: Exciting Scottish Aquaculture Opportunities

TheScottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre in Stirling yesterday announced two new opportunities:

Competitive salary and benefits.

Salary range £47,328 - £58,172.


The Company

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre is one of 8 Innovation Centres established by the Scottish Government in the past 18 months. Based at the University of Stirling, the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre is tasked with promoting and funding innovation. We support Scottish companies’ success at home and abroad, through knowledge exchange projects, solutions to aquaculture’s most pressing problems and skills development. The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre team reports to an industry led board.
Our areas of interest include fish and shellfish health and welfare; feeding, quality and nutrition; breeding and stock improvement; and engineering. In all these areas, we bring together businesses and researchers, transforming their relationship and galvanising collaboration.
The aim of our work is commercial success, economic growth and culture change across the industrial and academic sectors. Both these new roles offer major opportunities to contribute personally to transformation in the sector.
The deputy to the CEO, the newly established Director of Business Development will proactively build strategic partnerships and relationships, generate new leads for business, identify commercially relevant opportunities for business engagement and develop and execute the Innovation Centre’s strategy with a long-term plan for the industry’s revenue growth and impact. The role holder will be a key business driver to deliver the KPIs in the Innovation Centre’s Business Plan.
They will provide a high level of marketing and customer expertise to develop and maintain collaborative, positive relationships with all potential business partners, stakeholders and customers in the global aquaculture sector, and will also have overall responsibility to the CEO for communications, marketing and skills development.
They must set strategy, establish approaches, seek opportunities, develop ideas, facilitate agreement and negotiate a way forward, and then follow through with action. They must seek to understand clients’ needs and concerns, address their issues, maintain their trust and manage expectations. They will be expected
to represent the Innovation Centre at large international conferences and seminars, set up and host their own events and forums, and actively promote the aims of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre.
In addition, this role will set up and grow the business development arm of the Innovation Centre, at present planned as 2 staff. The role holder will manage up to four direct reports, including the Head of Skills Development and Head of Marketing and Communications posts, once in place.
The role holder will deputise for the CEO with the board, in external meetings, conferences etc. They will ultimately lead and manage the Innovation Centre’s Operations Team over 2 locations. The role holder will act as the number 2 role within the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre and as such will lead by example coaching staff to maximise team performance.
The postholder will be degree-qualified (at least a 2:1) and ideally hold a postgraduate qualification in business, management or a relevant field. They will have a minimum of 5 years senior management experience leading teams to deliver against business KPIs. They will also demonstrate a strong track record of outward focus in meeting customer and client need.
A senior position within the newly established Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), the Director of Programmes will have a mixture of aquaculture industry and research experience, as well as advanced project and people management skills.
The new role will require the role holder to set up contractual procedures and compliant processes to identify and award research grants that positively impact the Innovation Centre’s business objectives. Once established, they will evaluate, monitor and encourage the progress of research projects while managing a team of Research Managers. They will present funding and research progress to the Innovation Centre’s Board on a regular basis. They will also support access by Scottish research bodies and companies to UK and European grant funding programmes such as are delivered by InnovateUK, the BBSRC and NERC, Horizon 2020 and the Food for the Future 2016 programme.
The role will involve travelling, primarily in the UK and occasionally to Brussels, presenting findings to very senior and influential groups of people, and analysing new applications to ensure the most relevant projects are funded in a cost effective and timely manner. The post holder will need to establish personal credibility with senior leaders across Scotland’s academic and research base, and with industry.
The Director of Programmes will be at least PhD qualified in a subject relevant to aquaculture with a minimum of 5 years project and people management experience. On a personal level they will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, analytical, detail driven and persuasive.
This role reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre and is based in the Innovation Centre’s office in Scion House, part of Stirling Innovation Park beside the University of Stirling campus.
To apply please send your CV including a covering letter describing how you would help the Innovation Centre deliver its 5 year Business Plan to Anne Marie Picken at ampicken@aol.com by 12/12/14.
Interviews are expected to take place in Stirling the week commencing 15th January 2015.
For further information about these exciting posts, please contact ampicken@aol.com

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