The Faraday Institution is the UK's new, independent, national institute for battery research. It will drive and accelerate fundamental research in developing battery technologies, and its translation. Funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), the Faraday Institution is part of coordinated activity between Innovate UK and EPSRC to meet the Faraday Battery Challenge, announced by the government in July 2017, of delivering an integrated programme of research, innovation and the scale-up of novel battery technologies.
The Institution will have a budget of £78 million over four years. This will be used to ramp up the Institution (which has been incorporated and registered as a charity), to establish a battery technology training programme, and to fund a series of research challenge projects carried out in the academic sector under the Faraday Institutions’ direction. Drawing upon academic expertise in universities across the UK, it will deliver a research and training programme that is designed in conjunction with industry to keep the UK at the forefront of battery technology.
The Institution is now looking to appoint its first CFO, who will ensure that the Faraday Institution remains financially robust and be responsible for forecasting its economic impact. Reporting to the inaugural Director, the CFO will bring an innovative mind-set that recognises the environmental and economic benefits of the programme and balances these appropriately against its costs.
Candidates will have an appropriate qualification in accounting or finance and bring highly developed financial planning and analysis skills, coupled with strong people management expertise and project management capability. Previous experience of working to establish or grow organisations is desirable, as is a passion for innovation.
The Faraday Institution is committed to delivering equality and diversity in all its activities.
Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the Faraday Institution on this appointment. For Further Information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference RATNA. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0207 227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on 21 February 2018.