SME Innovation and Productivity Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Sheffield University Management School

Fixed-term for three years.

Are you interested in working for a top-ranked Management School which has achieved accreditation from the three largest and most influential business school associations: AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS?

With world-class facilities, ground-breaking research, and cutting-edge thinking, we are seeking applications from ambitious, highly motivated, and talented individuals who will be keen to play an active role in maintaining and enhancing the Management School’s international reputation for research, teaching excellence, and innovation.

The role will involve working across SUMS and the AMRC on a project investigating innovation, productivity, and growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the high-value manufacturing sector. The project is partially funded under the National Productivity Investment Fund, and aligned to the Industrial Strategy, with an emphasis on supporting innovation-led growth and raising the productivity of UK manufacturing. A central aspect of the UK productivity challenge is the ability of UK businesses to innovate and compete globally, with a view to ensure UK businesses are market leaders in the future.

This focus resonates with both SUMS and the AMRC who are working with and supporting SMEs to become more competitive through the application of new techniques, technologies, and processes (both technical and non-technical). This project aims to develop new research and practice-based insights about understanding, evaluating, and developing the capabilities and capacity of SMEs to innovate and engage with innovation catalysts such as the AMRC and wider (High Value Manufacturing) Catapult network.

The successful candidate will be based in SUMS working with Dr Chay Brooks on this engaged programme of research, and be mentored by Professor Tim Vorley (SUMS) and Shirley Harrison (AMRC) around effective business engagement and developing applied insights. The successful candidate will also be engaged in the wider activities of the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED) including the development and preparation of papers, reports and funding proposals.

You will have a PhD in a relevant social science subject (or equivalent experience), excellent interpersonal skills, IT skills, have previous relevant work experience in managing large complex projects, and be able to work as part of a team.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching, and student experience.

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