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Deputy Programme Director

Fixed term for 2 years

£50,749 to £65,000 per annum depending on experience

Closing Date: 12.12.2023

Location: East Malling

Role description

We wish to appoint a Deputy Programme Director to join our ‘Growing Kent & Medway’ team to support the Programme Director to deliver the objectives of the programme.

The objectives include:

  • Programme governance and management
  • Implementation of monitoring & evaluation plans
  • Regular reporting to UKRI
  • Contribute fully to the development and implementation of Growing Kent & Medway's/NIAB’s long-term strategy across appropriate areas of the business
  • Support the efforts of the Growing Kent & Medway Cluster and NIAB staff to attract future funding
  • Represent NIAB and the Growing Kent & Medway Cluster as appropriate.

Using your experience of developing and delivering innovation-led programmes in the horticulture and/or food sectors as Deputy Programme Director, your duties include:

  • Support the Programme Director to deliver the Growing Kent & Medway Project including: deputising for the director, manage programme work package activities, deliverables, and outcomes.  Establishing and maintaining effective lines of communication and influence with:  stakeholders; regional stakeholders; UK-based major funding organisations; and agricultural/horticultural/food/agri-tech industries nationally and internationally.
  • Working closely with colleagues to help build and strengthen GKM’s new business opportunities and service offerings, including developing strategic product offerings.
  • Support the governance and management of Growing Kent & Medway (including preparation of the Project Steering Board meetings and quarterly reviewing meetings).
  • With the Director, oversee monitoring and evaluation of the project deliverables and outcomes (with the support of the Monitoring & Evaluation Officer and others across NIAB and the Growing Kent & Medway Cluster).
  • Represent the Growing Kent & Medway cluster and NIAB externally as appropriate.
  • Develop and agree with stakeholders on a future, long-term sustainable business strategy for the programme.
  • Liaise with research leads and finance business partners (FBPs) to ensure timely delivery of internal and external reporting and management functions for the  project.
  • Working with partners to co-ordinate reporting requirements and preparation of board papers.



The role is based at East Malling, Kent, ME19 6BJ.  



Essential requirements

Ideally you have:

  • Degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualifications and experience
  • Relevant post-graduate qualification or equivalent qualifications and experience
  • Experience of developing and delivering innovation-led programmes and services and information based on research & development in the horticulture and/or food sectors.
  • Significant experience in a senior management role in a complex organisation working at a strategic and operational level.
  • Track record of successful public engagement and of public presentations at high-profile events/to relevant stakeholders.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the operation of the UK funding bodies, and evidence of influencing the national and international science agenda.
  • Expertise in complex bid development and partnerships.
  • Significant commercialisation and start-up experience.
  • Experience in higher education research and innovation funding systems.
  • Experience in working and interfacing with local, regional and national government.
  • Available to travel locally, nationally and internationally with overnight stays as required.
  • A driving licence or access to independent means of travelling, enabling you to travel around Kent and Medway. Transport can be provided.
  • Knowledge of business operations and challenges in the Horticultural and Food and Drink supply chain – farm to fork.

 Desirable requirements

Ideally you will also have:

  • Knowledge of investor relationships.
  • International experience in the commercial Agri-food sector.
  • Experience of philanthropic partnerships.
  • Use of social media as a business interface.
  • Understanding of the socio-economic benefits of partnership development.
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