Head of Strategic Planning

£50,618 - £56,950
22 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
21 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Strategic Planning

Department: Advanced Forming Research Centre, Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering (
Staff Category    Knowledge Exchange
Reference No    104363
Reports To    AFRC CTO through the Head of Department*
Grade:    9
Salary Range:    £50,618 - £56,950
Contract Type:    Open Contract
FTE:    1 (35 hours/week)
Closing Date    21/01/2018

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners.  The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), based at Inchinnan near Glasgow’s International Airport, has now been operational for eight years during which time Industrial, Academic and Government partners have worked together to establish a world leading research facility for the shaping of materials.  The centre works closely with major industrial companies including Rolls-Royce and Boeing, and since 2011 it has been a part of the UK High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult.

Since its launch the AFRC has achieved a rate of growth and industrial engagement which has surpassed expectations.  As well as consolidating its primary strength in forming and forging technology, the centre is now developing its ability to support businesses wishing to innovate and will act as a focal point for high value manufacturing in Scotland.

This renewed focus and the level of success enjoyed by the AFRC to date have meant that, the centre needs to increasingly align itself to emerging product and sector developments.  In particular a range of national and global opportunities including vehicle electrification, green steel (and other sustainable circular economy models), through-life engineering, and next generation supply chain models are all likely to become strategic growth areas for the centre.  The successful applicant will be responsible for managing the full end-to-end process of building new areas of innovation focus for AFRC, from concept development, and securing of funds, through to launch and have a leading role in the strategic development plans for AFRC on an ongoing basis.  This will include liaison with a wide variety of stakeholders in government, UK and global industry, the HVM Catapult, and the University of Strathclyde.  

The post holder is expected to have a good degree in a relevant subject with significant experience in a related role. You will preferably also possess the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a PhD for example in a relevant area of research; though we will exceptionally consider candidates with equivalent industrial experience. You will have an established track record in addressing complex and ambiguous challenges, as well as experience of taking a leading role in major projects. 

The post holder will have the ability to work autonomously, plan and prioritise their own workload, with minimal input from senior management and be able to deal with complex problems presented to them by colleagues. The post holder will also need significant experience of project planning and delivery, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to interact with and influence a range of stakeholders from industry and academia. 

Further information on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website (

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