Career Opportunities

New Vacancy T/394

New Vacancy T/394

Communications and Events Officer


Location: Kent (NIAB EMR, East Malling)

Closing date: Thursday 25 November 2021

Reference number: T/394

We are recruiting for a Communication and Event Manager to work as part of the ‘Growing Kent & Medway’ team. In the role, you will plan, promote and deliver in-person and virtual events for the innovation cluster, which is funded through the UKRI Strength in places fund ( This post is fixed-term for three years.

The successful candidate will be responsible for working with key stakeholders to develop impactful and engaging events to support businesses across the horticulture and food and drink sectors. The events will provide ambitious organisations and entrepreneurs with the tools, knowledge and opportunities to drive sustainable business innovation.

You must have experience in using live virtual event and webinar service platforms to deliver high-quality interactive event experiences for delegates.  A proven track-record in identifying and booking engaging speakers and developing programme agendas with stakeholders is also required.

The post-holder is expected to work both independently and collaboratively with internal and external partners. A high-level of attention to detail and strong project management skills is essential. You must also have experience delivering successful in-person events.

Supporting the Senior Communications Manager, you will execute communication campaigns to raise awareness of events and manage the booking process; experience with social media, press, website content management and CRM systems is therefore desirable. You will hold a full driving license or have access to independent means of transport to undertake work at other sites which includes remote locations.

We offer a competitive salary, dependent on skills, experience and qualifications. Company benefits include Group Income Insurance, Stakeholder pension, flexible working, generous holidays, free car parking, sports and restaurant facilities.

Further details and a full job description can be found at:

Closing date for applications: Thursday 25 November 2021

New Vacancy T/394

New Vacancy KBS-032-21

Mentoring Manager



Location: Canterbury (Kent Business School, University of Kent)

Closing date: Tuesday 2 November 2021

Reference number: KBS-032-21

The Mentoring Manager will establish and lead a Mentoring Programme as part of a consortium on a successfully awarded Strength in Places project, Growing Kent and Medway (GKM). GKM is a newly launched world-class research, innovation and enterprise cluster that supports growth in technology-driven horticultural production, food & drink processing, and manufacturing.

You will be responsible for sourcing a pool of volunteer mentors to support businesses working in target sectors, closely aligning to a Food Accelerator being run by the University of Greenwich. The Mentor Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the mentoring team and the overall delivery of the mentoring programme, according to agreed timelines and outcomes.

You will be working closely with businesses and a range of external organisations to deliver the mentoring programme and with the intention of raising the profile of the University, the GKM project and generating income. A core element of the role will be to design, develop and deliver a collaborative research programme working alongside Growing Kent and Medway ‘Industry Fellow’ colleagues in Biosciences.  This includes designing, testing, and implementing new methods to initiate and build collaborations with regional companies. The overall aim is to maximise productivity in horticulture sectors, and the programme is intended to develop new paradigms for such academic-industry collaborations.

The GKM programme is funded by an £18 million UK Research and Innovation Strength in Places Fund grant to a world-class consortium of research partners that includes the University of Kent, NIAB EMR and the Natural Resources Institute/University of Greenwich. Other partners include a range of Agri-food companies (APS Produce, Berry Gardens Growers, Chapel Down, Gusbourne Estate, Richard Hochfeld Group, Thanet Earth and Worldwide Fruit); an innovative technology integration business (Geku Automation); and packaging company (Smurfit Kappa). GKM is backed by strong civic and business support with partners from the Kent & Medway Economic Partnership and Locate in Kent.

GKM will drive innovation and wealth creation by stimulating a vibrant and collaborative network that enables new and existing enterprises to develop and thrive. It connects industry with technologists and researchers to address the challenges faced by the sector and its supply chains’

As Mentor Manager, you will;

  • Be responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the mentoring team, training of mentors, and the overall delivery of the mentoring programme, according to agreed timelines and outcomes.
  • Work closely with businesses and a range of external organisations to deliver the mentoring programme and with the intention of raising the profile of the University, the GKM project, its partners, and generating income.
  • Develop a process for recruitment and selection of suitable mentors and mentees to join the Mentoring Programme, working closely with the Food Accelerator Manager at the University of Greenwich to identify and recruit mentees.
  • Establish and maintain a database of mentors and referral organisations who can support delivery of the programme.

To be successful in this role you will have/be:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Recognised Project Management qualification (eg PRINCE 2, APM) OR substantial project management experience in a similar role
  • Substantial experience of key project delivery activities such as risk management, stakeholder management, planning, budget management, change management, etc
  • Good broad knowledge and experience of successfully applying programme and project management tools and methodologies, and an ability to deploy and customise procedures for individual projects

Kent Business School is an international Business School, with a global reputation for delivering research and teaching excellence. We are proud to be part of the 1% of global business schools worldwide to gain ‘Triple Crown’ accreditation from three top business organisations: European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and The Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Kent Business School is one of the leading Schools in the UK for academic research (in the REF2014 we ranked 25th for research intensity) and business engagement (gained the Small Business Charter Award in 2018). Our commitment to gender equality was recognised by our 2020 Athena SWAN bronze award.

As a dual-intensive Business School, our distinctiveness comes from a forward-thinking approach to business education. We place sustainable innovation at the heart of our educational outlook, underpinned by world-class research. We are interdisciplinary by nature, bringing innovative solutions to real world issues. We are integrated into the local business community as a hub for knowledge creation and exchange. We are proud that our industry collaborations and global partnerships benefit students, businesses and the community.

Further details and a full job description can be found at:

Closing date for applications: 2 November 2021