Partnerships & Engagement Support Officer

University of Sheffield - Research and Innovation Services

Contract Type: Fixed-term until 31.07.2017
Working Pattern: Part-time, working 21 hours per week
Faculty: Professional Services
Location: New Spring House
                   231 Glossop Road
                   S10 2GW


Research and Innovation Services (R&IS) is a central department working in partnership with academic colleagues to ensure that Sheffield is in the best position to respond to the changing research environment. The Research Partnerships and Engagement team is one of four sections within R&IS and is responsible for the delivery of the University’s Impact, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IIKE) Strategy (can be found linked from

This role provides support to projects and initiatives within the Research Partnerships and Engagement section that facilitate the delivery of the Impact, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IIKE) strategy, with a specific focus on capturing and monitoring IIKE activity. This will include the development, implementation and evaluation of the use of external public funds used for IIKE, such as the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and the Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs).

The main duties and responsibilities of this role include:

Support the delivery of initiatives relating to IIKE including the administration of KE funding streams, support for strategic partnerships and the organisation of meetings/events.

Develop and maintain relevant administrative systems, including spreadsheets, databases, hard copy documentation (where necessary), and the running of reports.

Engage with Faculty KE Delivery Teams, Academics, Researchers and R&IS Team members in order to facilitate the efficient delivery of IIKE related projects.

Provide an excellent customer service to internal and external business stakeholders, including answering queries, providing guidance relating to IIKE and relevant funding streams and monitoring/reporting customer feedback.

The main essential criteria for the vacancy include:

Good honours degree (or equivalent experience).

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels. 

Numerate, with good information management and IT skills; proficient in the use of appropriate IT packages (e.g. Microsoft Office, Google).

Excellent organisational skills with the ability to plan and prioritise in order to deliver work accurately to tight deadlines.

Experience of collaborative working, capable of working flexibly, independently and as part of a team. 

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