Hub Partnership Manager

Surrey (GB)
£39,992 to £47,722 per annum plus benefits
19 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

An exciting new position is available for a Hub Partnership Manager at the University of Surrey within its leading UK research hub on Robotics and AI (RAI), namely “Future AI and Robotics for Space” (FAIR-SPACE). The post is a fixed term contract until November 2020, with the possibility of extension.

The FAIR-SPACE Hub has the vision to establish an international centre of excellence in space robotics and autonomous systems. The Hub is led by University of Surrey supported by 5 university partners (Imperial, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Warwick and Salford) and 28 national/international project partners representing major space companies, agencies, research institutions as well as cross-sectorial RAI organizations. The Hub offers the world-class credentials and a unique combination of expertise and capabilities to address key challenges of RAI in the space sector. It will also influence, engage with the wider community of academia, industry, government and the public, and help cultivate and develop future leaders in RAI.

The Hub Partnership Manager is a central part of the core delivery team, working closely with the Hub Director and others in the Hub team and partner organisations to ensure the successful delivery of this major new initiative. Key responsibilities include external engagement with our major industrial partners, relationship management, delivery of the Impact Plan, event management, and growing the end-user community.

The success of the Hub programme will rely on a committed and multi-talented team, and it is essential that the post holder is a skilled professional with extensive experience of industrial engagement and corporate relationship management at a senior level. They need to be a first class communicator and influencer and a strategic thinker. An understanding of the space sector is a must, and previous experience of working within space robotics and research is highly desirable. Additionally, experience in identifying external funding streams relevant to the sector and previous success in income generation through writing successful bids and proposals would be a very welcome skill. We are looking for candidates with a relevant degree/post graduate qualification and extensive vocational and strategic management experience. The successful candidate will be independent and motivated with the willingness to travel and work outside of normal hours when required.

In return for your skills and commitment, we offer a range of benefits which you can read about here:

Should you wish to have an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Suzanne Beckram the current interim Hub Programme Manager (, or Prof Yang Gao, the Hub Director ( information on existing space RAI research at Surrey can be obtained from the Surrey Technology for Autonomous systems and Robotics (STAR) Lab website

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