Partnerships Manager, PEC
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Are you a proactive, diligent individual with a proven track record of building and managing academic and industry research-related collaborations? Then join us as Partnerships Manager and play a leading role in enhancing the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre’s (PEC) impact by identifying and facilitating opportunities for and within the network of PEC researchers and implementing robust processes to realise these.

About Nesta and the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society. Nesta is based in the UK and supported by a financial endowment. We work with partners around the globe to bring bold ideas to life to change the world for good.

We are leading a large consortium of university and industry partners to deliver a major research centre on the Creative Industries for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Our consortium connects leading thinkers, across multiple academic disciplines, with expertise that spans the breadth of challenges facing the UK’s creative industries, and leverages long-standing relationships with government and industry. The Centre has the ambitious objective to use academic research to address the biggest policy challenges facing the UK’s creative industries.

About this exciting opportunity for you

Within a large, geographically distributed consortium working at the interface of academic research, creative industries and policy you will play a vital role in further developing and monitoring the PEC’s partnership activities. This will include fostering and managing existing partnerships and working with the Directors, team members and researchers to seed new collaborations.

What we are looking for

You will have a successful track record of developing and managing partnerships in complex, multi-stakeholder environments preferably at the interface of academia and industry. As a self-motivated professional, you will be highly organised with excellent attention to detail with the ability to calmly managing multiple priorities to deadline with a systematic approach. An excellent and self-confident communicator, you will be accustomed to establishing effective networks and acting as a credible advocate with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders at senior level, exercising good judgement and discretion. You will be experienced in devising and delivering events to support partnership engagement. With a flexible and cooperative approach, you will enjoy working proactively and independently, managing your own workload to deadline within a small but highly collaborative team environment.

How to Apply

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The closing date for applications is the 2nd of November 2020, 8:00am

First interviews will take place w/c 9 November 2020.

At Nesta, we believe that a diverse workforce leads to an organisation that is more innovative, more creative and gets better results.

We want our workforce to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve. We also want our workplace to be one where different experiences, expertise and perspectives are valued, and where everyone is encouraged to grow and develop.

This means that when we are recruiting, we actively seek to reach a diverse pool of candidates. It also means that we are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that potential employees may need to in order to be successful.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including working from home, compressed or part-time hours, job shares and other arrangements.

Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.

Please note: After the job advert closes, your answers will go through a sift process: randomising and anonymising answers for taking out individual information that biases hiring decisions and facilitating us to review each answer by more than one person so you can benefit from the wisdom of the crowds. People scoring the applications will not have seen your CV at this stage so please try your best to answer questions without rephrasing your CV, they will see this later! More about the principles behind the blind review process.