Celtic Renewables is a sustainable chemical manufacturer on a path to the global commercialisation of their patented technology that converts low-value industrial biological residues into high-value commodity chemicals using the Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol (ABE) fermentation process.
The main purpose of this role is the effective project management of the company’s research activity and the coordination of activities of the highly qualified research team whose output is critical to achieving the company’s long-term strategic goals. This is a key role within Celtic Renewables' Research and Innovation Team, with responsibility for establishing rigorous research methodology; and project managing Applied Trials and high-profile Research, Development & Innovation work across the Company in addition to people management responsibilities within the R&I team at Napier University Laboratory located at Sighthill. This role is critical in helping deliver the Company Vision “To be the World Leader in ABE Fermentation as a Global Sustainable Industry”.
❖ Manage the project/programme design and delivery of multiple R&D activities across Research & Innovation. This includes liaising with funders, project managing R&I teams, and ensuring that work is delivered to time and quality expectations and within budget.
❖ In collaboration with the R&I Director, manage the day-to-day project activity of the R&I team;
❖ Managing procurement, budgets and resources;
❖ Working effectively with team members, partners, funders and other stakeholders;
❖ Overseeing delivery and recording of high-quality research programmes;
❖ Support income generation in collaboration with other R&I staff, including driving the organisation and submission of research proposals and funding applications.
❖ Support publication generation in collaboration with other R&I staff, including leading the organisation and submission of research papers to high-impact journals.
❖ Assist with the coordination, capturing and dissemination of our Technology Translation Work and Applied Trials Research to ensure it makes maximum impact across the company;
❖ Coordinating R&I professional engagements, such as meetings and events, capture actions and outcomes;
❖ Tracking and delivery of R&I projects to meet our R&I strategy;
❖ In collaboration with the Research and Innovation Director, coordinate the professional development of R&I team members, support the management of performance and development Objectives, host regular one-to-ones, supervise day-to-day lab activity and track KPIs.
Skills & Experience
❖ PhD or equivalent in Biotechnology or other relevant scientific discipline or A Master’s degree in a relative subject supplemented by extensive research management experience.
❖ The ideal candidate will bring strong research project management and people management skills, a track record of effectively managing research teams and programmes and a keen interest in Sustainability, Biotechnology and Biobased Innovation.
❖ Well-developed skills in managing and delivering a range of research and development projects, including effective and efficient resource allocation.
❖ Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to engage a range of audiences, stakeholders, funders and partners.
❖ Experience in managing research proposals and a proven track record of securing funding.
What’s in it for you?
❖ Salary of £40,000- £55,000 per annum depending on experience
❖ Annual performance-based bonus
❖ 33 days holiday per annum (including bank holidays)
❖ Private Medical Insurance
❖ Life Insurance
❖ To be part of something “world-changing.”
This is a full-time role of 35 hours per week Monday-Friday. This role will primarily be based at our research facility at Edinburgh Napier University -with travel as required, including to our Grangemouth biorefinery and other occasional travel and overnight stays. This postholder will have Line Management responsibilities and will report to the Research and Innovation Director.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply soon.