StoryFutures Manager

Egham, United Kingdom
£52,266 per annum - including London Allowance
15 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Media Arts

Location:      Egham
Salary:      £52,266 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date:      Thursday 28 March 2019
Interview Date:      Wednesday 03 April 2019

Full-Time, Fixed Term (38 Months)

Would you like to play a part in future innovation in the UK’s creative industries? Are you interested in collaborating with world leading organisations like BBC Studios, Pinewood Studios and the National Film & Television School, as well as cutting edge innovators like Imaginarium Studios and Sony Interactive Entertainment? Are you a confident and effective manager with great communication skills and a positive, proactive attitude?

Then this role may be for you. This is a unique chance to shape creative industries’ agendas by taking a lead role in the delivery of StoryFutures: the new Research & Development base for screen industries to meet the challenge of next-generation storytelling, producing compelling content for emerging creative technologies. Led by Royal Holloway, University of London, it is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Creative Industries Clusters Programme.

The StoryFutures Manager is the lead operational and project management role in the delivery of StoryFutures R&D project., with responsilbity to ensure that the programme of activity is delivered effectively, that key milestones are met and that financial and narrative reporting meets the needs of the project’s funders. You will also act as a key interface between the StoryFutures R&D base and the new National Centre for Immersive Storytelling based at Royal Holloway and the National Film & Television School.

You will have a high level of organisational responsibility, with a focus on providing support and project management to the R&D team based at Royal Holloway and its university partners. You will work to ensure effective co-ordination of academic and administrative teams so that our work can be delivered on time and to budget. As part of this you will manage day-to-day finances, administrative systems and processes as well as line manage administrative teams. You will also take a lead in StoryFutures communications strategy – internally and externally – ensuring the effective integration of the project with Royal Holloway systems and the connected projects. You will be working closely with a diverse range of colleagues and partners, which will include multiple creative sector organisations, academic researchers, and regional development bodies.

The role sits within Royal Holloway’s Media Arts Department as part of the new Centre for Digital Creativity (CDC), which brings together Media, Computer Science, Drama, Psychology, Management, Geography and Electronic Engineering. Royal Holloway is ranked in the top 10 or 20 departments in the UK for all these disciplines, providing a dynamic environment that connects creative industries with world leading researchers.

Ideally you will have:

  • experience of project management of diverse teams, including financial reporting, and communications management
  • experience of working across universities and creative industries or, alternatively, across different creative industries. 
  • skills in collaborative working and data management tools, such as CRM and project management software (and be adept at learning new digital tools for reporting and monitoring) 
  • an outstanding ability to work proactively, including deputizing and delegating where necessary
  • experience of supporting funding/finance applications for creative or research projects is a bonus.

You may come from digital or creative sectors or have innovation/R&D, policy or think tank background – we welcome applications from diverse candidates from both academic and non-academic backgrounds.

This is a full time 38month role, available from 1 April 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. It is a post with strong potential for contract extension. This post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. The successful applicant will spend significant time liaising with industry partners across the local region, including central London. An attractive relocation package is available.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor James Bennett on

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit The RHUL Recruitment Team can be contacted with queries by email at:

Please quote the reference: 0319-098

Closing Date: Midnight, 28 March 2019

Interview Date: Interviews will take place on 3 April 2019. Applicants should download interview instructions from the Royal Holloway recruitment website. Shortlisted candidates will be required to make a 10minute presentation to a group of academic staff and industry partners that explains how they have successfully delivered a multi-partner project and communications strategy. Their presentation should ideally show understanding of the challenges and opportunities of working across sectors (e.g. creative industries-university collaborations or across different sectors in creative industries).

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

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