Thales UK, UK Research & Technology, Reading
The job offers a competitive salary plus excellent benefits including, annual bonus, pension contributions and private healthcare. The job holder reports to the Thales UK VP Research, Technical & Innovation (RTI) and is expected to work with the whole technical community of Thales UK.
Innovation and research are key to Thales in staying ahead of its competitors and central to Thales UK’s strategic focus on profitable growth. Thales UK, Research & Technology (TRT) works with universities, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), entrepreneurs and supply chain partners to bring the widest set of talents and technologies to address the Thales customer offer(s). TRT is part of the Thales UK RTI function, where the innovation element has capabilities to build prototypes and demonstrators for customer interaction in their markets of interest.
In the role of Chief Scientist, you will build a network of contacts internal and external to Thales UK, to enable you to advise on University engagement/relationships, related Government policies and their associated budgets and the UK trade associations. You will, in effect, be the connector to the Thales UK businesses on science matters. To support you in building your network of contacts, you will develop a deep understanding of the Thales Research & Technology (R&T) ambition, strategy and plan, built by interaction with the technical community across all of the Thales UK business entities.
Your Responsibilities and tasks:
- Contribute to the Thales UK research strategy and be the Point of Contac (PoC) for the Academic members of the associated Research Advisory Groups (RAG)
- Develop and own the Thales UK University and engagement strategy and plan
- Develop an understanding where Universities’ expertise lie, their relevance to Thales UK, how they are funded, evaluated and governed. The key purpose is to be in a position to advise the Thales UK technical community.
- Co-ordination of Thales UK policy and guidance on the attendance of Advisory Boards, including participation (where appropriate).
- Relations with Research Councils (specifically EPSRC).
- Be the PoC for EPSRC PhD iCASE allocation.
- Identify and support proposals for leveraged funding opportunities with University Research Groups and their bids to Research Councils.
- Work with and contribute to the Thales Group Global Academic Partnership Strategy activity.
- Coordination with the Thales HR Emerging Talent department for Graduate Recruitment.
- Coordination with corporate communications to raise/maintain the company profile in the R&T space externally and to propagate the activity internally within Thales.
- Understand and advise on HMG policy for Technology/Science and associated funding.
- Develop relationships with Learned Societies e.g. Royal Academy Engineering, Royal Society, etc.
- Work at a national level with University and Business relationships particularly with, and participating in, the activities of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and the CBI’s Inter-Company Academic Relations Group (ICARG).
- Work with various industrial grouping with Universities such as Centre for Security & Information Technology (CSIT), Defence Academic Pathways (DAP), National Microelectronics Institute (NMI) and the Electronic Systems Community (ESCO).
- Relations with Innovate UK‘s non funding activities such as Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Catapults and discovery of any future initiatives.
Your skills, experiences and qualifications:
- A deep understanding of the UK university landscape, government funding bodies and an awareness of renowned International Academic Institutions
- Experience of dealing with UK and International Learned Societies and trade associations
- Proven and demonstrable experience of building a network of contacts, including developing and maintaining meaningful relationships
- The ability to present and explain complex issues to others (management, partners, collaborators, colleagues and customers).
- The ability to analyse complex technical problems, exercise judgement and offer innovative, practical and compliant solutions in a timely manner.
- The abilities to prioritise and manage your workload, whilst being flexible and able to work under pressure.
- A balance of creative thinking/problem solving with a good grasp of what innovation means
- A degree in a STEM subject relevant to an engineering/technical organisation.
- A master’s degree qualification in a relevant STEM subject is also required, along with evidence of a strong external profile through publications and conference presentations.
- Membership of a relevant professional body is a minimum requirement. Fellowship of the institution is a target for the successful candidate (if not already achieved)
PhD or EngD qualification