Director, Green Port Growth R&D Support & Fund

Job title: Director, Green Port Growth R&D Support & Fund
Reporting to: Director of CASS, University of Hull
Duration: Full time, fixed term to 31st March 2018
Full-time or as part of a portfolio
Salary: Negotiable

Background and Context

This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional offshore, or renewables, industry professional to help build a new economy focused on Renewable Energy. Private and public sector partners have secured a £25.7m from the Government's Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to help Hull and East Riding capitalise on the once-in-a-generation opportunity for substantial economic growth in the renewables sector - particularly in offshore wind.

The Green Port Growth RGF programme aims to create a globally competitive renewables industry in the region and establish Hull and the Humber as a world class centre for renewable energy. It will capitalise on announcements such as Siemens' choice of ABP's Green Port Hull facility as its preferred site for its showcase OSW assembly facility and the securing of the UK's largest Enterprise Zone status, exclusively for the renewables sector.

The Green Port Growth programme, comprising six strands (Business Investment Grants, Business Support, Inward Investment, R&D Support & Fund, Site Assembly, Skills and Training), will deliver a £350m programme of public and private investment and aims to create or safeguard 3500 jobs in the offshore wind and wider renewables industry - helping local businesses and people take advantage of the opportunities.

Job summary

The successful candidate will personally provide expertise to companies (within the region of Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire) in the development, financing, implementation and exploitation of their R&D activities in the renewables (esp. offshore wind) sector.

With your strong private sector experience and contacts, you will work with businesses either in or looking to locate in the region to develop R&D activities leading to new or improved products and processes (conception-to-market); enabling them to be globally competitive in the renewables sector - with a particular focus on the offshore wind industry.

Based at the University of Hull and supported by the R&D Support & Fund team, your work will be undertaken in close cooperation with the other strands of the Green Port Growth programme, ensuring that the support that companies receive is delivered as part of a coherent and effective package- improving the likelihood of businesses growth and new jobs.

It is envisaged that the successful candidate will have a strong hands-on understanding of renewables' industry supply chains and be able to interact effectively nationally and internationally with key players.

Principal responsibilities

??? Provide R&D advice, intelligence, contacts and expertise to businesses seeking to engage in offshore wind energy and/or other renewables industries.
??? Identify new opportunities for businesses that can be realised through R&D.
??? Develop significant R&D implementation projects and programmes with businesses.
??? Support businesses in engaging, from an R&D perspective, with suppliers and customers within OSW supply chains.
??? Work in close cooperation with the other strands of the Green Port Growth Programme to ensure that any R&D is implemented in a coherent and cost-effective manner.
??? Supporting companies in securing external R&D financing.
??? Prepare with businesses requests to the GPG Investment Board for access to R&D finance via the Green Port Growth R&D Fund.
??? When businesses do not have appropriate internal R&D capabilities, facilitate access to the University and other appropriate R&D providers.
??? Establish relationships between the region and key renewables businesses and influencing organisations (inc. political) at UK and international levels in the context of R&D and innovation.
??? Develop and co-ordinate a Humber OSW R&D Forum for companies to work together to develop products and enter markets.
??? Ensure maximum value for money is returned from Green Port Growth funding.
??? Ensure that the additional expertise within the Green Port Growth R&D team is exploited for maximum impact by beneficiary businesses.
??? Ensure that the Green Port Growth R&D Support & Fund strand meets its targets.

Key knowledge and experience

??? Extensive understanding and experience of the renewable energy sector (preferably offshore wind) from the perspectives of all key stakeholders.
??? Senior level private sector experience of R&D and its commercialisation in the offshore wind sector (more than 5 years) or Senior level private sector experience of R&D and its commercialisation in the renewables or oil & gas industries, preferably offshore (more than 10 years).
??? Demonstrable experience of running successful private sector research projects; conversion of R&D outcomes to products and delivery to market.
??? Experience of working with third party R&D providers (including universities).
??? Effective communication at all levels within organisations.
??? Extensive network of contacts across key stakeholders within sector(s).
??? Demonstrable high level technology transfer skills.

Education and Training

??? Degree or equivalent relevant professional development; a relevant higher professional qualification is desirable

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