Project Development Manager

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£41,526 - £51,034
29 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
02 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

We are seeking a dynamic, organised and motivated Project Development Manager to join our team of action researchers exploring design-led innovation within and between the region’s creative, cultural and digital SMEs as part of the Creative Fuse North East programme. 

Creative Fuse North East is a regional university collaboration delivering multi-disciplinary expertise and support to: 

  • develop and embed innovation capacity in North-East creative, cultural and digital SMEs; and,  
  • to catalyse and facilitate the spillover of creative-led innovation from the creative sector into the wider economy (e.g. manufacturing, knowledge economy, health etc).  

Creative Fuse has recently commenced its second phase and, over the next two years, will deliver new cross-sector collaborations that nurture and mould shared innovation potential, aligning with the Industrial Strategy, North East Local Enterprise Partnership and Tyne Valley Combined Authority strategies. It will produce a) a more robust, innovative and economically viable creative and digital sector; and b) wider application of creative, digital and design-led innovation in support of a more diffuse and collaborative regional capability. Creative Fuse North East is funded by investment from both the European Regional Development Fund and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). This funding is matched with support from the five universities. As such, the programme combines the delivery of state-aid interventions with undertaking academic research. Details of Creative Fuse can be found at 

Situated within the School of Design and working under the supervision of the principal investigator, Associate Professor Mark Bailey, the successful applicant will be responsible for the overall project management of Northumbria’s activities within the programme consortium. They will also take a lead in recruiting new SMEs as participants in the programme and as beneficiaries of ERDF state aid interventions offered through it. In addition, they will take responsibility for ensuring compliance with funder and university regulations and will work with the Project Coordinator to ensure regular project and financial administration and reporting.  

The role-holder will work with a multidisciplinary team of co-investigators and postgraduate students from across the university and the collaborating partner universities along with external participant SMEs. 

The successful applicant will have demonstrable experience in managing projects of this kind. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Mark Bailey, Associate Professor at  

To apply for this vacancy please email, and attach a completed  Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form, Covering Letter and your CV, and where relevant any documents specifically request in the Role Description and Person Specification. 

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. 

Due to COVID-19 our office-based staff are currently working from home and will attend campus only for essential activities which cannot be carried out remotely. 

Please note this vacancy will close on 02/12/2020

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