Textiles Circularity Centre Manager

Date advertised

12 November 2020

Closing date

29 November 2020


Research & Innovation


Material Science Research Centre

Required hours

Full Time


All three sites


£41,736 per annum

Fixed Term until September 2024

The Royal College of Art is an internationally renowned postgraduate art and design institution. Founded in 1837, it is also the world’s oldest art and design institution in continuous operation and the most research intensive. The RCA has been ranked by the highly regarded QS survey, as the number one art and design institution in the world for the six consecutive years in which the survey has been conducted between 2015 and 2020.  Among its core audiences – students, artists and designers – the RCA brand is legendary. The generations of world-leading designers and artists who have studied or taught at the RCA is a roster of international repute.

Materials Science Research Centre (MSRC)

The Materials Science Research Centre focuses on the invention and the experience of materials to address real world challenges, specifically environmental sustainability, and human health and wellbeing. Established in 2017, the Centre is part of the RCA’s ambition to increase interdisciplinary research, particularly bringing traditional science subjects together with Art & Design (STEAM) to tackle societal challenges. 

The RCA has been awarded a new four-year, multi-partner UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre - The Textiles Circularity Centre - within the Materials Science Research Centre, driving the mission of sustainability of textiles. The Centre Manager will facilitate the successful delivery of this award: they will manage and coordinate resources in line with external requirements, negotiate and support new funding sources, and manage stakeholder engagement. 

The postholder will have experience of managing research funding from UK government or EU sources, such as UKRI or ERDF. They will be experienced in meeting reporting and compliance requirements of research funding, including coordination and submission of large, multi-partner reports to funders.

The postholder will report to the Head of Research Centres, who oversees all Research Centres operations at the RCA, with a dotted line to the MSRC Director.

The ideal candidate will be experienced in research development and delivery in a higher education or research environment and have experience of managing relationships with partners in different sectors.  With strong analytical and organisational skills and excellent interpersonal and communication skills it is essential that candidates have:

  • Experience of working at a relevant level in an administrative/business management capacity in Higher Education or a research institution. 
  • Experience of working with research funding (or similar), including understanding application and award requirements, and ensuring compliance with funding terms and conditions. 
  • Experience of supporting research development with industry, which might include collaborative proposals, or contract consultancy. 
  • Experience of developing research impact strategies and developing and delivering user engagement strategies for research.
  • Experience of contributing to the setting and management of budgets and financial planning, including planning resource allocation, and income maximisation. 
  • Ability to deal positively and constructively with change, and to juggle conflicting priorities.

Interviews and assessments are scheduled for week commencing 7 December 2020.

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The Royal College of Art is an equal opportunities employer. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  

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