Network Manager

Requisition ID:  27362

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  10 Jul 2024


Salary: £45,585 to £48,350 with progression to £54,395 per annum


Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Closing Date: 01 August 2024


The Role


Are you a highly motivated, organised, and enthusiastic Programme Manager with a strong drive for organisation and innovation? Are you on the lookout for an opportunity within a forward-thinking university committed to academic excellence and pioneering research solutions that have the power to transform our world? If your answer is yes, we have an exceptional opening tailor-made for you.


We're in search of a dynamic Network Manager to lead and oversee a recently awarded EPSRC-funded project in Automatic Control Engineering. This role serves as a central hub for coordinating collaborative research endeavours, orchestrating events, and ensuring the seamless functioning of our network. It presents a chance for you to make a substantial impact on cutting-edge research while fostering interdisciplinary collaboration in the realm of Automatic Control Engineering and its wide-ranging applications.


As the Network Manager, you will take charge of accurately planning, executing, and administering all aspects of the network. This encompasses budget control, events management, a comprehensive communication strategy that includes website development and management, community engagement, coordination with fellow Network Managers, engagement with and reporting to UKRI-EPSRC, and building relationships with stakeholders.


Your pivotal role extends to connecting researchers and orchestrating engagement with key strategic stakeholders, including policy makers, industry, institutions, and the wider community. By facilitating collaboration, you ensure the network's goals are not just met, but exceeded.


This position opens the door to an opportunity to be at the forefront of groundbreaking research and drive cross-disciplinary cooperation in the field of Automatic Control Engineering and its applications.


This role is offered on a full time (37 hours) fixed term basis to end December 2026 in the first instance. We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment and we would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working


To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples.


All informal enquiries should be directed to Anna Gardner, Strategic Project Manager via email: 


Key Accountabilities

  • Supporting the Network Directors, Executive Board, University and Industry partners and User Groups to set up and deliver the Network. The Network consists of 18 Universities, including 29 research groups, centres and institutes. Project Partners span a broad range of industrial sectors. This includes responsibility for the development and delivery of the project plan and quality assurance plan, reporting requirements (finance/research/audit etc.) in accordance with EPSRC guidelines.
  • Working with the PI to take overall responsibility for project delivery; monitoring deliverables against plan and implementing any corrective actions where required. An example of a major deliverable would be the setup of a virtual Centre of Excellence in Automation and Control, to ensure a lasting legacy beyond the funding period.
  • Leadership and responsibility for managing compliance with contractual terms.
  • Leading on the strategic direction of developing relationships. The Network Manager will lead on interactions with all participants, ensuring appropriate management and governance functions are undertaken, supporting the work of the Executive Board, Research Committee, Advisory Board and other working groups.
  • Leading on the development and production of the Network’s brand including marketing materials and other resources about the project in conjunction with project partners and for use with a variety of key audiences.
  • Support the ambition of the network to inform and influence policy and stakeholders, both nationally and internationally. Key to this role is engagement with policy experts and collaboration with a network of organisations from academia and industry.
  • Lead on securing follow-on funding for the Network. The NM will be responsible for driving forward growth in future collaboration for the Project with partners. This will include further later stage bid development in conjunction with all partners, industry and internal support areas such as BDE.
  • Maintain all information accurately and appropriately, compiling and presenting administrative, management and financial information in different forums as required.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the role and grade as required to achieve the Network’s vision.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience  

  • Knowledge and understanding of University practices in relation to research management, innovation and partnership development
  • Experience of managing complex projects to successful completion
  • Analytical skills to manage and project budgets, manage and control risk, draw conclusions and make recommendations to the project team
  • Extensive project management experience in a Higher Education and/or development environment
  • Managing large, high profile, complex events, workshops, conferences etc
  • Substantial experience of partnership working and managing potentially conflicting priorities and different types of people
  • Experience of working with very senior, key decision makers across sector


  • Knowledge of project legacy planning, grant applications and business/ bid development
  • Knowledge of project management and collaboration tools (e.g. Mindview, Microsoft Teams, Sharepoint etc.)
  • Knowledge of Automatic Control Engineering or similar academic area
  • Knowledge of ESPRC funding and reporting requirements and Practices

Attributes and Behaviour 

  • Ability to think strategically and identify opportunities
  • Ability to influence and inspire staff, partners and participants across job types and levels
  • Ability to prioritise conflicting   demands  and  work  under pressure to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to make decisions independently in managing a complex research programme but also know when to seek wider input
  • Ability to work flexibly when required



  • Educated to degree level (or can show equivalent experience)


Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.


At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.  We are a Disability Confident employer and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role as part of the offer and interview scheme.


In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 

Requisition ID: 27362