Senior Project Leader – Technology Transfer

Senior Project Leader – Technology Transfer RIO/ISD Location: Middlesbrough/Cambridge Contract: Permanent Hours: Full time Salary: Competitive rate Description of role: TWI is a world leading research and technology business, internationally renowned for its expertise in structural integrity, materials and joining technologies. TWI provides research, innovation, testing, software and consultancy services to develop new technologies, improve existing industrial processes and ensure safe and profitable operation of engineering assets. We undertake projects for clients in a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, power generation, automotive, aerospace, and construction. A new opportunity has arisen, based in TWI Headquarters in Cambridge or TWI’s offices in Middlesbrough. We are looking to appoint a highly motivated candidate with project management background to support the technology transfer team in ensuring the project targets are achieved in a timely manner. The candidate will report to Head of Technology Transfer and will work with the business development team and technology groups across TWI to support engagement with SME’s in Tees Valley. External funding: The European Union Regional Development Fund supports this position. The successful candidate will contribute to the delivery of SME engagement for Materials Integrity Research Centre. About us: TWI Ltd is a world expert in engineering, materials and joining technologies. We provide industry with advice and know-how in design, fabrication, failure analysis and prevention. Diversity statement: TWI Ltd is committed to treating all employees fairly and to being an inclusive employer. Our aim is to create a work environment where our employees can reach their full potential. We put Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of our people practices to attract, develop and retain the best talent. Closing Date: 4 July 2022 Reference number: 93/22 For further details, please click on the Job Description link below: TWI Culture As one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations, we are committed to attracting, motivating and retaining the best talent from around the world. Our goal is to develop the next generation of experts to address future industry challenges. We are committed to creating a culture that recognises and respects the differences between people while valuing the contribution everyone makes to TWI. We recognise the diversity of our staff and students makes a positive and important contribution to our continuing success. TWI offers a comprehensive training programme, incorporating both in-house and external courses to support staff development. TWI Values: Teamwork Building effective working relationships, we accomplish more together Innovation and Expertise Championing new ideas and sharing knowledge with each other Taking responsibility Achieving our objectives and personal development Customer focus Building trusting relationships with our customers Adaptability Accepting and engaging positively with change Inclusion Valuing the contribution from every individual, creating value for our customers

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Senior Project Leader – Technology Transfer

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Head of Technology Transfer

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Senior Project Leader

Description of role

An academic qualification in Engineering is essential, coupled with the willingness to develop and progress your career and an interest in working with leading engineering technology and innovation consultancy services. Experience in grant funding and proposal development would be advantageous.

High quality written and verbal communication skills are essential, as you will confidently deal directly with clients in order to develop new business opportunities. You will have advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Excel and Word. You will be self-motivated, very flexible and proactive and have the ability to work to deadlines, and be expected to prioritise your workload. Candidates will demonstrate effective team working skills, adaptability when working in multidisciplinary groups and across tasks and liaising with people across the business.  

This position will require regular travel in the UK occasionally.

Key accountabilities

  • Manage a variety of technology transfer projects or work packages
  • Perform activity and resource planning
  • Organise and motivate cross-functional project team
  • Monitor project timelines and prioritise
  • Cost estimating and developing budgets
  • Ensure customer satisfaction
  • Effective stakeholder management
  • Analyse and manage project risks
  • Monitor progress
  • Manage reports and relevant documentation
  • Support business development team in securing new technology transfer projects. This includes cost estimating and project planning.
  • Prioritising incoming work, adapting to meet internal and external customer requirements and working to deadlines

Person specification





  • Degree qualified or equivalent experience/qualifications
  • A degree in business or project management.



  • Customer-focused approach to build and maintain internal and external stakeholder relation
  • Ability to work in a small team with minimum supervision, managing own workload
  • Capacity to develop specialist understanding of project operations and funding agencies
  • Effective communication skills
  • Confident, organised and methodical
  • Ability to solve problems by investigation or negotiation
  • High competence in Microsoft word, outlook and excel
  • Background in project management, or equivalent
  • Confident with project cost estimating and finances
  • Flare for marketing communication and outreach activities


Specific relevant experience

  • Highly-developed project management approach to ensure successful delivery of projects
  • Attention to detail necessary for effective planning and service quality


Competencies aligned to Organisational values

  • Teamwork
  • Customer focus
  • Adaptability
  • Taking responsibility
  • Inclusion




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