Project Support Officer

University of Hertfordshire - Enterprise & Business Development

FTE: 1FTE (3 posts) – Full time position working 37 hours per week.

The University has committed to strengthening its innovation, impact, and business development activities through the creation of a centralised commercial team to help build profitable partnerships between its academic Schools and the key economic sectors where it can achieve the greatest impact. The Project Support Officer(s) will support the Deputy Director of Business Development and Associate Deans (Commercial and Enterprise), in ensuring that all commercial projects are managed and delivered effectively. The Project Support Officer(s) will also ensure that commercial and collaborative/contract research projects secured with external funders and/or partners are managed professionally.

This will involve working closely with our internal network of Business Development Coordinators and academic staff, and the Project Support Officer(s) will support development and promotion of new products and services, as well as solving operational problems as they arise. The Project Support Officer(s) will ensure that business partners of the University are referred promptly and efficiently to the people best able to help them at all stages of their projects.

The Project Support Officer(s) will support academic staff responsible for delivering projects by arranging local management meetings, providing feedback on operational matters and preparing reports as required.

The Project Support Officer(s) will report to the Deputy Director of Business Development (or their nominee) who will direct the responsibilities and tasks of the post, with day to day guidance and line management provided by relevant Associate Deans of School (Commercial).  Each Project Support Officer will be responsible for looking after 3 academic Schools and will rotate tri-School support on a 6-monthly basis for the broadest experience across the University.

You will require: a degree level qualification (preferably in a business related subject) or equivalent experience; strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate well at all levels, both verbally and by email; experience of organising meetings and minute taking; the ability to organise schedules and prioritise tasks; the ability to work independently and unsupervised - experience of using own initiative, but also working as part of a team; the ability to work well under pressure and to meet tight deadlines whilst managing parallel demands effectively; the ability to manage a diverse workload with a flexible approach.

Contact Details/Informal Enquiries: Dr Phil Fiddaman, Deputy Director of Business Development, 01707 284117, p.j.fiddaman@herts.ac.uk

Interview Date: Monday 16 January 2017

The University offers a range of benefits including a pension scheme, professional development, family friendly policies, child care vouchers, a fee waiver of 50% for all children of staff under the age of 21 at the start of the course, discounted memberships at the Hertfordshire Sports Village and generous annual leave.

Apply online at http://www.herts.ac.uk/contact-us/jobs-and-vacancies

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