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Strategic Cultural Partnerships Manager

Requisition ID:  8226

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  16-Jun-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £41,526  - £44,045 per annum  

Closing Date: 17 June 2021



The Role


To support and manage the ongoing development of University partnerships with selected existing and potential future strategic partnerships in the cultural and creative industries. 


You will work with the Dean of Culture and Creative Arts and senior colleagues in the University to support the development of strategic partnerships across the University’s key strategies: education for life, research for discovery and impact, engagement and place, and global. The role will involve scoping existing activity and identifying potential areas for development that align with the strategic aims of the University and partners, managing partnership activity and catalysing new collaborations, and generating, developing and delivering relevant research and market intelligence.


This is a full time, fixed term post available for the duration of 3 years.


Interviews will be held on 30 June 2021


We will welcome informal enquiries about this position, please contact, Vee Pollock at venda.pollock@newcastle.ac.uk


Key Accountabilities


  • Ensure appropriate strategies and supporting systems and arrangements are developed and effected to maintain and strengthen relationships
  • Establish considered and coherent programmes of activities in strategically relevant areas to guide the development of partnerships. This might include the development of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) or equivalents to underpin partnerships
  • Work alongside academic colleagues and Faculty Business Development Teams as appropriate to create a pipeline of engagement and business development opportunities
  • Ensure there is up-to-date information to support strategic engagement and support Steering Groups.  Continuously stay abreast of the University’s portfolio of activities, mapping to Partners’ strategic needs to identify potential opportunities and facilitate appropriate action to explore the same
  • Maintain an ongoing awareness of any reporting requirements and partnership Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of importance to the Partners and internal customers and provide periodic reports on these to the Partners and Steering Groups as required with updates on the status and progress on key interactions
  • Maintain information and records covering the status of the relationship for periodic reporting to University senior management and bodies as required
  • To act as the University’s first point of contact for advice on any overarching commercial agreements in place with the Partners to academics of all levels and to business engagement colleagues across the University
  • To develop and maintain effective relationships with Partners’ nominated partnership leads and key colleagues to ensure effective feedback on the overall health of the partnership
  • Establish / develop relationships at the appropriate level with selected companies and organisations as may be beneficial for the interests of the partnership
  • To maintain regular liaison with academic colleagues and Business Development Managers on matters related to existing activities and opportunities for growth
  • Provide a first point of contact for Partner enquiries in new areas of activity or for advice on University activities. Responsibilities may include formulating responses to partner enquiries, arranging and co-ordinating inward and outward visits and engagement events from domestic and overseas partner representatives
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of commercial markets in technology, intellectual property, technology transfer and business-related matters of interest to the University and the Partners
  • Undertake such other duties as are required by the line manager from time to time and, where requested, deputise for other colleagues


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Experience of working at the interface between businesses and academic institutions, with specific experience of working with/in the cultural and creative industries
  • Representing the organisation in external engagement and experience of negotiations at senior level
  • Ability to engage people in constructive conversation about the key issues facing their organisations whilst respecting customers’ confidentiality
  • Ability to integrate and work closely with a broad range of colleagues including researchers, enterprise and knowledge exchange colleagues across a diverse portfolio of activities
  • Deep knowledge of the cultural and creative industries, the creative economy and relevant policy and sector agencies.
  • Effective at organising and managing heavy, diverse and complex workloads with the ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to work independently in a complex technical landscape
  • Experience of contract negotiations
  • Knowledge of the portfolio of HE activity related to collaboration across research, innovation and education with an appreciation of knowledge exchange, commercial collaborations, contracts, consultancy, as well as IP management and exploitation (Desirable)
  • Experience of having worked in senior roles in non-HE organisations in the cultural/creative industries (Desirable)
  • Project / bid management experience (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of the current funding environment relevant to University collaboration with external organisations (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Resilient, Reliable and ethical team player
  • Flexible approach with the ability to adapt and respond positively to change whilst being open with ideas to actively promote and implement beneficial change
  • Has the ability to see the “big picture”, to think strategically and to manage complex problems and issues
  • Understands and makes sense of complex or conflicting data and different perspectives of stakeholders external and internal to the University (Faculty, Schools, Groups etc,)
  • Works through the implications of situations in order to identify the most appropriate way forward in order to meet strategic goals
  • Can put forward own view whilst listening and respecting the views of others
  • Encourages and supports free flow of concise and accurate communication using appropriate media and relevant, useful information internally and externally where appropriate
  • Supportive of others through advice and workload sharing
  • Collaborative worker, playing a positive role in teams, establishing and growing relationships internally and externally across organisations and functions where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued
  • Sets own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives
  • Able to deal with out of the ordinary events or matters which may not sit clearly within existing policy or procedures




  • Degree (in a relevant subject) with preference for relevant postgraduate study and/or equivalent experience








Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 8226