Sargent Centre Manager

Department of Chemical Engineering

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 11th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £48,607 - £49,885
  • REF: ENG01565
  • Closes: 14th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a full-time Manager to lead all operational aspects of its flagship Sargent Centre for Process Systems Engineering, a multi-institution, multi-disciplinary research centre. The Centre Manager will play a key role in leading and delivering the mission of the Sargent Centre, working closely with members of the Centre and a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. In particular, collaboration and engagement with industry are critical to the Centre’s mission and the Centre Manager will play an important role in developing and supporting activities in this area.

You will be joining the Sargent Centre Management Team at a time of renewal and growth for the Centre, including an ongoing refresh of the Centre’s brand and a plan to grow interactions and collaborative projects with industry. Building on the Centre’s strong reputation and well-established relationships, you will have the opportunity to shape the evolution of the Centre and expand its activities, including through the Centre’s Industrial Consortium, a valued forum for engaging industry partners, and more ad hoc activities.

Duties and responsibilities

In this role, you will have responsibility for:

  • identifying short, medium and long term strategic objectives and priorities, working with the Centre director and Management Team and providing relevant background data as appropriate to support the decision making process.
  • supporting the development and delivery of the Sargent Centre research activities, from project conception to delivery, including fostering interactions within the Centre, developing new and existing long-term collaborations with external partners, and taking responsibility for management of specific major projects.
  • leading the operational development and delivery of the Centre’s education programme of short courses, and summer schools, working with academics, students and external partners to continuously improve the programme and develop new avenues such as Executive Education.
  • contributing to the financial success of the Sargent Centre through budget management for the core budget and major projects and by helping to secure funding in collaboration with Sargent Centre academics and the College’s Industrial Partnerships and Commercialisation team.
  • promoting and enhancing the visibility of the Sargent Centre and its major projects internally and externally, including the organisation of specific events, having overall responsibility for internal and external marketing and communications channels and materials.

Essential requirements

You must be a proactive and self-directed individual with a range of experiences and skills to meet the varied needs of the role. Essential attributes include:

  • An educational qualification in engineering or science, at least to undergraduate level or equivalent
  • Experience of operations management in a research, higher education or policy environment
  • Proven ability to engage with and utilise a network of contacts including senior stakeholders in government, industry and across academia
  • Knowledge of the wider work practices, procedures and processes involved in managing a Department, Centre or Institute.
  • Proven management skills
  • Innovative and resourceful
  • Excellent communicator

Further information

The post is available from 01/04/2021 for 4 years or until 31/03/2021 (whichever is sooner) in the first instance, with the possibility of extension subject to funding. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Prof. Claire Adjiman ( ).

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Closing date:Sunday 14th March 2021

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Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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