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Partnerships Development Lead

The Alan Turing Institute
£56,840 plus excellent benefits
Closing date
22 Aug 2021
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The Alan Turing Institute is the UK's national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The Institute is named in honour of the scientist Alan Turing and its mission is to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better.

The Turing Partnerships Team is part of the Research Delivery function of the Alan Turing Institute, which also includes the Programme Management Unit (PMU) and the Research Engineering Group (REG).

Job Description

The Partnership Development Lead will secure research and innovation funding for the Institute to drive forward advances in data science and artificial intelligence to change the world for the better.

They will report to the Institute's Director of Partnerships, who oversees acquisition of Partnerships for the Institute, and will work closely with: Prospective partners from industry, government and the third sector; Prospective third-party funders such as UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), government departments, foundations and charities; Other Turing PDLs; the Turing PMU, REG Team and other Turing Teams (including Finance, HR, Legal, Training, Academic Engagement, Events Communications).

There are particular opportunities to grow the Turing portfolio of partnerships in the following priority areas: Safe and Ethical AI; Tools, Practices and Systems (TPS) and Finance and Economics (F&E).

Key duties include:

  • Identify and assess opportunities to secure tens of millions of pounds of funding for the Institute's data science and AI research
  • Ensure strategic alignment between the mission of the Institute and the qualification and selection of prospective funders
  • Manage multiple prospects, bids and proposals, building a pipeline of opportunities
  • Negotiate agreements and contracts, which will mean reviewing, advising and commenting on drafts of contracts
  • Ensure collaborations comply with Institute policies
  • Ensure collaborations are financially sustainable by costing up proposals using guidelines
  • Promote the Institute to its current sponsors, partners and potential partners
  • Monitor trends in funding sources, in the UK and overseas, and adapt funding and partnership strategy

The Successful Applicant

  • Experience in partnership development, business development or account management experience, in either the private sector, public sector or third sector
  • Recent practical experience of successfully drafting, negotiating and concluding complex contracts
  • Knowledge of research, innovation, or translation mechanisms
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to present arguments in a clear and concise way
  • Ability to lead and develop cross organisational networks and group
  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent.

What's on Offer

Currently hiring on a 9 Month FTC contract (immediate start) and a 2 year FTC contract basis

We are accepting full time, part time and job share applications. This post can also be fully remote if preferred. The annual salary is £56,840 plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies

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The Alan Turing Institute, headquartered in the British Library, London, was created as the national institute for data science in 2015. In 2017, as a result of a government recommendation, we added artificial intelligence to our remit. 

The Institute is named in honour of Alan Turing (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954), whose pioneering work in theoretical and applied mathematics, engineering and computing are considered to be the key disciplines comprising the fields of data science and artificial intelligence.

Five founding universities – Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick – and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council created The Alan Turing Institute in 2015.

Eight new universities – Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Queen Mary University of London, Birmingham, Exeter, Bristol, and Southampton – joined the Institute in 2018.

Since its inception the Institute has been funded through grants from Research Councils, university partners and from strategic and other partnerships. 

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