Career Opportunities

New Vacancy T/394

New Vacancy T/394

Communication Officer (Fixed Term for 3 years)

Location: East Malling, Kent

Closing date: Friday 1st April 2022

Reference number: T/394

NIAB is a dynamic, research led and market driven plant bioscience organisation, with an emphasis on innovative applications for end-users in the agricultural, horticultural and food sectors.  With almost 90 years’ experience of technology evaluation and transfer, NIAB is spear-heading the advancement of plant genetic resources through research, technical services and training.

We are recruiting for a Communication Officer to work as part of the ‘Growing Kent & Medway’ team. In the role, you will support the delivery of the communications for Growing Kent & Medway (GKM); promoting our products, services and membership across a range of channels and events. The GKM innovation cluster is funded through the UKRI Strength in places fund (https://www.growingkentandmedway.com/). This post is fixed-term for three years.

The successful candidate will be responsible for creating content for our social media channels, updating our website, writing and publishing email newsletters, and helping to manage in-person and virtual events. The promotion of our membership services will provide innovative food and drink businesses in the region with the tools, knowledge and opportunities to drive sustainable growth.

You must have excellent written communication skills, demonstrated in digital and print media. A proven track-record of creating engaging content on social media is required. The successful applicant will be responsible for updating the website, so experience of CMS systems is desirable.

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.

Within the role, you will also be expected to support and deliver both in-person and virtual events, so a good understanding of webinar platforms is also important.

Supporting the Senior Communications Manager, you will execute communication campaigns to raise awareness of our events, membership offer, products and services.

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.

The salary for this role is £24,770 to £32,682 per annum.  This post is fixed term for 3 years.

Further details and a full job description can be found at: https://www.niab.com/niab_job_info/153

Closing date for applications: Friday 1st April 2022

New Vacancy T/394

New Vacancy KBS-068-22

Mentoring Programme Officer

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

Closing Date: Tuesday 22 March 2022

Reference number: KBS-068-22

Are you a proactive and efficient individual? Can you support a wide range of activities for businesses large and small?

Kent Business School is offering an exciting opportunity to join their team on a part-time basis to support a new Mentoring Programme as part of the Growing Kent & Medway (GKM) project.

GKM is a world-class research, innovation and enterprise cluster that supports growth in technology-driven horticultural production, food and drink processing, and manufacturing.

The Mentoring Programme is a vital part of the project, providing support for new start-up and existing businesses helping them to realise their ambitions, develop their professional skills and create a legacy of peer networks which is a critical aim of the GKM project.

As the Mentoring Programme Officer you will provide operational support and coordination of the programme and its activity, facilitating businesses to achieve sustainable growth.

As Mentoring Programme Officer you will:

  • Take operational responsibility for the Mentoring Programme
  • Respond timely to, and follow up on enquiries into the Mentoring Programme
  • Support the marketing, promotion and recruitment of the Mentoring programme
  • Take responsibility for certain costings and financial reports
  • Support the Mentor Manager to ensure businesses continue to benefit from support in future years.
  • Support the development of new and existing services

To succeed in this role, you will be:

  • Passionate about developing and delivering an excellent support service to colleagues and stakeholders
  • Committed to ensuring effective communication is at the heart of all we do
  • A team player, resourceful, with a can-do attitude

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).

As a dual-intensive Business School with an equal focus on education and research, 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.

You will form part of a 50+ strong Professional Services team that supports the operational running of the Business School at our Canterbury campus, based in Sibson, a state-of-the-art building with new teaching and learning rooms and modern social and breakout areas, encapsulating the School’s values and identity.

We particularly welcome applications from male and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented at this level in this area

Please see the links below to view the full job description and to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process, please contact [email protected] quoting ref number: KBS-068-22

Further details and a full job description can be found at https://jobs.kent.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=KBS-068-22

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 22 March 2022

 

New Vacancy T/394

New Vacancy 3002

Accelerator Technical Lead and Programme Manager

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

Location: Medway (Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich)

Closing date: Monday 17 January 2022

Reference number: 3002

The Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich is offering an exciting position for a graduate with business experience to manage a Food Innovation Accelerator Programme linked to the new Medway Food Innovation Centre.

The Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich is part of a consortium called Growing Kent and Medway (GKM), which is led by NIAB EMR and won a £17.8 million UKRI Strength in Places grant. The ambition of GKM is to develop a world-class agri-food innovation cluster that supports growth in technology-driven horticultural production, food & drink processing, and manufacturing. Besides, NIAB EMR and the University of Greenwich, the other research partners of this world-class consortium include the University of Kent. The industry partners include a range of significant local agri-food companies (APS Produce, Berry Gardens Growers, Chapel Down, Gusbourne Estate, Richard Hochfeld Group, Thanet Earth, Worldwide Fruit); an innovative technology integration business that operates across supply chains (Geku Automation); and a world-leading packaging company (Smurfit Kappa). GK&M is backed by strong civic and business support with partners from the Kent & Medway Economic Partnership and Locate in Kent. GK&M will drive innovation and wealth creation by stimulating a vibrant and collaborative network that enables new and existing food enterprises to develop and thrive. It connects industry with technologists and researchers to co-creatively address the innovation challenges faced by the agri-food sector and its supply chains. Over the 5-year project, a total of £5M has been allocated to a Research and Innovation Fund to support collaborative bids that would typically include commercial and research partners.

As part of the GKM project, the University of Greenwich is setting up the Medway Food Innovation Centre (MFIC) – a state of art facility to deliver step-changing food R&D solutions for industries through cutting edge research as well as excellent training and courses on food product and process development for student cohorts.

As part of the vision for the MFIC, a Food Innovation Accelerator Programme will be established to focus on promoting the growth of businesses in the Food and Drink sector in Kent. Selected businesses will be provided with expert advice and access to facilities within the Hubs established as part of GKM; these include the MFIC as well as the GreenTech Hub (crop production, NIAB EMR) and the Biotech Hub (University of Kent).  The appointed Accelerator Manager will have the main responsibility to plan, promote, establish, and manage the Food Innovation Accelerator Programme and work closely with other members of the GKM team.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience of working with and running support programmes for businesses (mentoring, incubator, accelerator programmes), excellent communication skills and an ability to inspire.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Andy Frost, Director of Business Development and Partnerships on [email protected] or Parag Acharya, Senior Fellow in Food Innovation on [email protected].

Should you have any queries please contact the HR Recruitment Team on [email protected]

We are looking for people who can help us deliver our mission of transforming lives through inspired teaching and research, through our values.

The university welcomes people from diverse and underrepresented communities who can help the university to achieve its mission.

We do this through taking positive action such as encouraging applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Time to Change Employer Pledge/Mentally Healthy Universities, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff, and removing barriers to improve inclusion.

We encourage applicants to disclose experience of mental health problems so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Any information disclosed will be kept confidential and separate from the job application form.

We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Further details and a full job description can be found at: https://jobs.gre.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=3002

Closing date for applications: Monday 17 January 2022

New Vacancy T/394

New Vacancy 3003

Food Processing Laboratory Enterprise Fellow

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

Location: Medway (Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich)

Closing date: Monday 17 January 2022

Reference number: 3003

The Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich is offering an exciting position for a postgraduate in Food Processing to join the team at the new Medway Food Innovation Centre.

The Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich is part of a consortium called Growing Kent and Medway (GKM), which is led by NIAB EMR and won a £17.8 million UKRI Strength in Places grant. The ambition of GKM is to develop a world-class agri-food innovation cluster that supports growth in technology-driven horticultural production, food & drink processing, and manufacturing. Besides, NIAB EMR and the University of Greenwich, the other research partners of this world-class consortium include the University of Kent. The industry partners include a range of significant local agri-food companies (APS Produce, Berry Gardens Growers, Chapel Down, Gusbourne Estate, Richard Hochfeld Group, Thanet Earth, Worldwide Fruit); an innovative technology integration business that operates across supply chains (Geku Automation); and a world-leading 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 food enterprises to develop and thrive. It connects industry with technologists and researchers to co-creatively address the innovation challenges faced by the agri-food sector and its supply chains. Over the 5-year project, a total of £5M has been allocated to a Research and Innovation Fund to support collaborative bids that would typically include commercial and research partners.

As part of the GKM project, the University of Greenwich is setting up the Medway Food Innovation Centre (MFIC) – a state of art facility to deliver step-changing food R&D solutions for industries through disruptive research as well as excellent training and courses on food product and process development for student cohorts. A core unit of the MFIC is the Food Processing Laboratory (FPL) is MFIC with advanced facilities (twin-screw extruder, drying platform, dry fractionator, sonication, high pressure homogeniser, bioreactor etc.) hitherto not available in the region. Besides preservation and food safety, the aim of food processing is to create products with desirable functional properties and therefore the FPL will supplement a cutting-edge New Product Development facility at MFIC. The food grade FPL would provide the knowledge-based support to innovation challenges of the local food businesses.

With support from the GKM project team within NRI, the successful candidate will be the operational lead for FPL within MFIC. S(he) will work closely with the MFIC head within University of Greenwich, to deliver relevant food innovation projects/workstreams including those for the GKM Research and Innovation Fund.

The successful candidate should have proven experience of working in food grade processing lab/pilot (prior industry experience will be advantage) with PhD level or equivalent education in food processing/engineering.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Andy Frost, Director of Business Development and Partnerships on [email protected] or Parag Acharya, Senior Fellow in Food Innovation on [email protected].

Should you have any queries please contact the HR Recruitment Team on [email protected]

We are looking for people who can help us deliver our mission of transforming lives through inspired teaching and research, through our values.

The university welcomes people from diverse and underrepresented communities who can help the university to achieve its mission.

We do this through taking positive action such as encouraging applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Time to Change Employer Pledge/Mentally Healthy Universities, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff, and removing barriers to improve inclusion.

We encourage applicants to disclose experience of mental health problems so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Any information disclosed will be kept confidential and separate from the job application form.

We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

New Vacancy T/394

New Vacancy T/394

Communications and Events Officer

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

 

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 (https://www.growingkentandmedway.com/). 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: https://www.niab.com/niab_job_info/124

Closing date for applications: Thursday 25 November 2021

New Vacancy T/394

New Vacancy KBS-032-21

Mentoring Manager

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

 

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: https://jobs.kent.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=KBS-032-21

Closing date for applications: 2 November 2021