Research & Knowledge Exchange General Manager (1.0FTE)

Date advertised

5 May 2022

Closing date

31 May 2022


Research & Innovation


Knowledge Exchange

Required hours

Full Time




£42,323 - £46,018 per annum

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate institution of art and design, dedicated to teaching, research and knowledge exchange with industry. The RCA has been ranked the number one university-level institution for art & design, internationally, for the eighth consecutive year according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021.

The Royal College of Art excels in world-leading art and design research which transforms the world. Our research is rooted in creative and innovative practice, and engages with partners in business, industry, governments and communities, addressing global challenges including ageing populations, future cities and the circular economy. Our research is inter-disciplinary, with collaborations with robotics, AI and computer science, medicine and social sciences a key part of our work.

The RCA’s Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Office provides central infrastructure, expertise and support across the strategically important areas of research, knowledge exchange, executive education and research degrees. The Research and Knowledge Exchange office at the RCA is led by the Director of Research and Innovation, who is also responsible for the RCA’s Research Centres and its award-winning incubator, InnovationRCA, and is a member of the College’s Senior Management Team.

Applications are invited for an outstanding RKE General Manager to support the Director of Research & Innovation in implementing the RCA’s Research, Knowledge Exchange & Innovation strategy, leading on operational planning and management for the RKE Office and liaising with counterparts across the Research & Innovation directorate, ensuring effective management of directorate’s resources and the smooth operational management of all RKE activities, including research grants, knowledge exchange collaborations, financial planning and budget management, and oversight of the administration and management of the College’s processes for research students, including UKRI-funded doctoral studentships and the Doctoral Training programme. You will be responsible for effective liaison on operational management between the RKE Office, the academic Schools, and the RCA’s professional services teams.   

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Proven track record in administration and management within a HEI or similar environment 
  • Record of successful line management and development of staff with proven team leadership and motivational skills 
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and managing financial and other resources including preparing, managing and monitoring budgets, as well as financial reporting and analysis to inform financial and strategic decision-making 
  • Proven success in operational planning and in the development and effective implementation of strategic aims and objectives  
  • High level of digital literacy and IT skills including productivity suites (Microsoft Office, Google for work) , Web/Internet use and financial management systems.
  • Strong analytical skills, and able to resolve problems

This role closes on: Midnight 31st May 2022

Interviews are likely to be held: Early June 2022 (TBC)

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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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