SME R&D Manager – UAL Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute (FTTI)

Vacancy ID: 7505
Main Location: LCF - John Prince's St, London UK
Hours: 35
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £47,120.00 - £56,771 per annum pro rata
Closing date: December 5, 2021 11:55 pm

The role

The SME R&D Manager will have a leading role with the UAL Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute (FTTI), which will work with industry, from SMEs to global brands, higher education institutions (HEIs) and government across focused activity including sustainability, advanced materials, smart manufacturing and commerce, retail and engagement, digital, and humanities disciplines. The transdisciplinary nature of industrial change, is working to shape a future economy based on environmental responsibility, and good growth.

The SME R&D Manager will also deliver and build upon the established BFTT SME R&D Programme, aimed at supporting the growth and innovation of fashion, textiles, and technology business, through collaborative research and development, and engaging with internal and external partners to deliver existing projects. The BFFT awards portfolio across UK fashion, textiles and technologies SMEs is a total investment of £2.8m.  This role will also be supported by an R&D Coordinator.

Why choose us?

One of four emergent strategically aligned Institutes at UAL, the Institute of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (IFTT), builds on long established UAL expertise, and the current delivery of a £5.5m AHRC Creative Research & Development Partnership (CRDP) award (2018-23), The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT).  BFTT is one of nine game-changing CRDPs, part of the Government’s investment in the UK’s creative industries, and a flagship Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund initiative.  

Working in collaboration with University partners (including Loughborough University; University College London; Queen Mary University; University of Leeds and Cambridge University), BFTT has established a novel support programme for UK FTT SMEs, and consequently a portfolio of STEAM research and development initiatives spanning: sustainable design; environmental science; materials engineering and manufacturing; polymer chemistry; anthropology; business and management; computer science; digital design and production.  

Your Profile

Among the criteria are:

  • Track record in business development, Knowledge Transfer Partnership / Exchange, and enterprise support within a Higher Education Setting
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of technology innovation and application within the creative industries, e.g. biotechnologies, artificial intelligence, supply chain analysis, virtual, augmented reality.
  • Knowledge of the UK government’s Innovation Strategy and related national and regional economic development policies/strategies. Knowledge of UKRI and Innovate UK funding mechanisms.
  • Experience of planning and managing multiple R&D projects and their successful delivery between industry and Higher Education Institutions.
  • Experience with legal and contractual negotiations between HEIs and industry, including Intellectual Property.
  • Experience and proven track record of identifying and nurturing industry partnerships and collaborations with partner organisations, HEIs and businesses both nationally and internationally.

Please, refer to the job description attached for the full list of criteria.

Please apply early as this vacancy may close early should sufficient applications be received.

If you have any queries you may contact ADS Recruitment Team via email 

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Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

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