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Chief Executive Officer - The Scotland 5G Centre (281119)

University of Strathclyde - Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Location: Glasgow
Salary: Commensurate with the skills and experience of the candidate and the seniority of the role
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd January 2020
Closes: 21st February 2020
Job Ref: 281119

Term: Fixed term (24 months)

In the last 12 months 5G technologies have presented new opportunities for collaboration & deployment of wide area mobile/wireless networks for many exciting new use cases. 5G is bringing new business models for network operation & service provision, even the established MNOs (Mobile Network Operators) are now looking at new ways of operating & most recently considering collaboration over competition (such as for the Shared Rural Network project). The Scotland 5G Centre is expected to further promote 5G driven network evolution with the outlook that collaboration is paramount in addressing the opportunity for 5G in Scotland.

The Scotland 5G Centre will work to unify rural, urban & sector-specific innovation in 5G, deliver new business growth, particularly within SMEs, provide leadership in ensuring our public bodies are prepared to support the accelerated deployment of truly national infrastructure to all our communities. The opportunity of 5G should be viewed as critical national infrastructure & a platform for future economic growth.  The Scotland 5G Centre will give Scotland the chance to exploit our demonstrable expertise in deploying & applying this infrastructure not only to address our connectivity challenges, but making a case in point to attract inward investment, SME growth, & ultimately a faster roll out.

Your role as CEO is integral in shaping & directing a multifaceted approach to ensure capitalisation of the opportunity 5G technology presents. Working closely with Scottish Government to advise on progress of their investment, founding partners, the University of Strathclyde (the host organisation), the University of Glasgow, & Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), you will develop an informed view from within the founding stakeholder landscape, as you drive strategy, set priorities & agree key performance metrics whilst providing commercial & operational leadership. The Scotland 5G Centre is expected to build a wide network of stakeholders within Academia, Industry & Public Sector, hence identification of & engagement with a wider base of stakeholders, along with management of opportunities, early in your tenure will be paramount.

Directing the Centre’s initial efforts will be critical, with significant strides already made towards addressing roll out in three Wave 1 projects with SFT’s leading edge Asset Management project, University of Glasgow’s pioneering Smart Campus, the University of Strathclyde’s ground breaking Rural First project already working towards phase two of the new thinking for 5G. You will hold responsibility for financial planning, relationship & operational management of the founding Stakeholders Wave 1 projects. 

As the Centre’s work & activities grows it will further engage & partner with local authorities/councils, universities, colleges, public services, other centres of excellence, SME’s & larger corporations to act as a catalyst for demonstrable 5G use cases.  Many of these potential partners are already working towards utilising 5G, creating blueprints and use cases to reference. Hence there is an opportunity for the centre to harness, nurture & support these partners in their excellent endeavours.

A specific goal of the Centre is to become its own sustainable entity & your role as CEO will encompass identifying funding channels from both public & private sector, considering the commercialisation of the Centre from the outset.

For informal enquiries, please contact Jaimelee Olphert, / 0141 548 2089. 

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