We are looking for a driven and ambitious individual with a passion for engineering and manufacturing to join our team to drive businesses growth, collaboration and investment.

The New Anglia Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing (NAAME) group and the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor has secured funding for a two-year ‘Engineering Success’ project aimed at developing and promoting the engineering and manufacturing clusters across Suffolk and Norfolk. The Project Manager will be responsible for managing and driving the Engineering Success project as well as delivering programmes and activities as part of the project.


Applications close 20th July 2020.


Job Description

Reports to: Programme Director, Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor (CNTC)

Main purpose: To lead the development and delivery of the Engineering Success project (a collaborative project between CNTC, NAAME and New Anglia LEP), coordinating and leading the development plan for the New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering group (NAAME), developing the delivery plan for the network and leading and coordinating delivery activities.

Key relationships: Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor Programme Director, NAAME Industry Council, LEP Innovation Team, Local Authority partners, Norfolk and Suffolk Unlimited, Hethel Innovation Ltd., University of East Anglia, manufacturing groups and coordinators and businesses.

Term: This is a 2 year fixed-term contract.

This post is supported by the Innovative Projects Fund.

Key Responsibilities:

1. As a key member of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor (CNTC) team, drive and lead the development of the ‘Engineering Success’ project for the New Anglia Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing (NAAME) group:
• Coordinate and drive the different workstreams within the project including the Development Plan and Talent Sharing Platform.
• Provide input and expertise to support the development of the long-term strategy for NAAME and the engineering and manufacturing cluster in Suffolk and Norfolk.
• Work with the NAAME network and wider stakeholder group to arrange and organise engagement activities as part of the development work.
• Oversee the delivery of outsourced work, ensuring it is delivered on time and within budget.


2. To collaborate with NAAME partners and the NAAME Board to prioritise actions from the Development Plan and develop a plan for implementation
• Develop a Delivery Plan for NAAME based on the recommendations from the Development Plan.
• Gain buy-in to the delivery plan from the NAAME Board and identify opportunities for collaboration with partners and stakeholders within and outside the region.
• Ensure that the delivery plan forms part of delivering the wider strategies for the region such as the Local Industrial Strategy and Economic Strategy as well as takes into account Covid-19 recovery activities.
• Plan activities in line with budget availability.


3. To lead the implementation of the NAAME Delivery Plan
• Lead and direct the day-to-day implementation of the delivery plan such as organising meetings and events, produce marketing material, website content, etc.
• Identify opportunities for delivering activities in collaboration with partners within and outside the region that can add value to the network.
• Identify opportunities for potential revenue generation for the network.


4. Support the ongoing activities of NAAME
• To work closely with Hethel Innovation Limited and the Breakthrough project to ensure day-to-day activities the key functionalities of the network are delivered.
• Report to the NAAME Board on on-going activities and seeking strategic support and direction.
• Be an ambassador for the NAAME network throughout the region to promote the network and its capabilities.
• Provide input and support to partners on behalf of NAAME such as intelligence and information for inward investment activities, input into national organisations, etc.


5. Relationship management
• To establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and businesses within the region.
• To work collaboratively with the NAAME stakeholders and partners across Suffolk and Norfolk to help deliver the NAAME plans.
• To provide regular progress reports to the New Anglia LEP and other stakeholders as and when required.
• To develop new strategic partnerships within and outside the region to grow the network.
• To develop cross-sector relationships that can benefit the engineering and manufacturing sector.


6. Health & Safety / Environmental Health
• Maintain a safe working environment at all times.
• Follow the company’s procedures described in Health & Safety Policy.
• Report anything unsafe to the Health & Safety Competent Person and report accidents, near misses and so on in the accident book.


7. Team
• Show awareness of the needs of team members and show courtesy.
• Communicate effectively with others in the team.
• Work collaboratively with colleagues to meet the objectives of the LEP.
• Contribute to team meetings and put forward ideas and feedback in order to improve ways of working.


8. General
• Attend work with a clean, smart appearance, wearing appropriate attire.
• Undertake any other tasks that may be reasonably requested.
• Implement the policies and procedures set out in the Employee Handbook.

Person Specification:

• Educated to degree level or equivalent in a science or engineering related degree or relevant work experience.
• Proven track record of managing projects or programmes.
• A strong understanding of the engineering and/or manufacturing sector and the specific challenges within the sector.
• Experience of working within the engineering and manufacturing sector.
• Ability to manage, and communicate to, a diverse range of stakeholders.
• Experience of planning budgets and reporting to senior management teams and company boards.
• Experience of managing a website and social media for promotional activities.
• Is flexible and adaptable under pressure and to a varied workload.
• Ability to work from different locations within the region.
• Must be able to travel to parts of Suffolk and Norfolk not served by public transport.
• Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
• Excellent level of IT competence, incl. MS word, outlook and excel.

• Evidence of continued professional and personal development.
• Can identify potential issues and plan solutions as appropriate.
• An understanding of local government (county, borough/district).
• Experience of developing evidence-based policy recommendations
• Experienced and comfortable at public speaking, being part of panel discussions, etc.
• To have an existing network of contacts within the public as well as the private sector.
• Connections with major national and international engineering and manufacturing stakeholders.


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