DER Centre Lead

Title: DER Centre Lead

Reports to: Chief Commercial Officer

Based at: Newport

Contract Type: Permanent – Full time

Job purpose:

The DER Centre (South West & Wales) is sited at CSA Catapult, and is an Industrialisation Centre formed as part of a UK-wide effort under the ISCF Driving the Electric Revolution (DER) Challenge to drive the rapid growth of the UK supply chain for Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD). We’re looking for a Centre Lead to drive significant activity enabling the decarbonisation of nationally important industry sectors.

Innovate UK launched the ISCF Driving the Electric Revolution (DER) Challenge with the objective of encouraging industry to invest and collaborate with academia to establish UK supply chains that will increase production of UK built PEMD products by £5bn by 2025. The DER Challenge provides £80m of grant for critical capital equipment and relevant late stage TRL CR&D. Four Regional DER Centres are being established, including DER Centre South West & Wales, to build a network of excellent PEMD capability across the UK that will realise volume manufacturing spanning multiple industry sectors.

As Centre Lead, you will provide the ambitious and dynamic leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the Centre has the correct operational control, administrative and reporting procedures, and key relationships in place to effectively grow the portfolio of PEMD activity and drive industrial impact across the sectors presenting major electrification opportunities. You will be responsible for developing, monitoring and evaluating overall DER Centre South West & Wales strategy with the associated industrialisation centres and industrial partners, with an emphasis on realising industrial impact in growth of the UK PEMD supply chain. As part of the central DER Executive Leadership team, you will work alongside the leads from the other Regional Centres, to manage the network and direct industrial partners to the most appropriate expertise and capability across the network.

We encourage collaboration in everything we do as we value the diversity of thought that we each bring to every challenge.

 

Main responsibilities:

  • Develop, monitor and evaluate overall DER Centre strategy with the other DER Centres and industrial partners, with an emphasis on realising industrial impact in growth of the UK PEMD supply chain.
  • As part of the central DER Executive Leadership team, work alongside the Leads from the other Regional Centres, to manage the network and direct industrial partners to the most appropriate expertise and capability across the network.
  • Act with the DER Executive Leadership team to manage the overall DER Centre’s strategy, operations, procedures and growth in PEMD revenues.
  • Together with the Lead of the NE Regional Centre, the nominated point-of-contact between the DER Executive Leadership team and the DER Challenge Director within Innovate UK, administer the DER Centres grant fund
  • Ensure the success and sustainable growth of the Centre in close collaboration with the partnering industrialisation and academic centres
  • Develop methodologies and policies that promote an inclusive and collaborative culture and vision
  • Working with the support of the DER Centre BDM and with the leaders of the associated industrialisation centres, successfully interface with a wide range of internal and external partners at a senior level and stimulate effective collaboration at the industry-academia interface.

About you - you will have;

  • A degree in a relevant technology area, with an in-depth knowledge of power electronics, machines and drives.
  • Excellent team working skills with the ability to work collaboratively and co-operatively with colleagues.
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • The ability to organise and plan own work and work on own initiative.
  • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills, with an ability to interact and negotiate with a range of stakeholders, across both industry and academia.
  • An established network of contacts and potential collaborators, to maximise opportunities available to the DER Centre.
  • The ability to report at board level on the activity of the DER Centre.

 

Behaviours and attributes

  • Collaborative team player, yet confident with the gravitas to take the lead when a situation demands either internally, with customers or collaboration research partners.
  • Firm yet friendly and approachable
  • Coaching style that enables the team and organisation to thrive.
  • Enthusiasm, drive, and commitment
  • Able to translate technical jargon and processes into something accessible
  • Able to bring people together both inside and outside a business to share a common goal
  • Tenacious and versatile; you’re excited at the idea of multiple projects

 

What do we offer?

  • Up to £85,000 salary per annum
  • Staff bonus scheme
  • 37.5 hour full time working week but can consider part time or job share suggestions
  • Development – as you grow in the role we will support you throughout that journey
  • Payment for a professional membership each year
  • Flexible working – we operate core hours of 10-4. The balance of your hours can be worked around what works for you
  • Generous pension scheme –you put in 5% and we’ll put in 10%
  • 28 days leave plus 8 bank holidays
  • Holiday carryover
  • Private medical insurance for you and your family
  • Life Assurance
  • A happy, healthy working environment and great group of people to work with.