Research Project Manager
£370 per day
Contract 18 months
My client in Cambridge are working on world-leading ambitious projects in an industrial research and development setting. The Lab is strongly focused on machine learning and AI, and creating breakthrough technologies in gaming, healthcare, cloud infrastructure, security, workplace productivity, and computational biology.
Program management within my client’s research draws on a blend of skills in product management, project management, technology horizon scanning, communicating, both technical understanding and “soft skills.” We seek an individual with demonstrated capability in a subset of these skills, who wants to deepen and broaden their skill set in a fast-paced industrial research environment.
An experienced project manager, the candidate will ideally have relevant experience and passion for delivering early-stage incubation to shipped product. They will need to have the ability to work with world-class researchers and engineers to create a shared vision of project deliverables, realistic timelines and milestone plans.
The right candidate will have experience working across multiple projects and domains ideally in markets including, but not limited to healthcare, gaming, productivity, AI.
Project Management: Deliver project tracking, coordination and communications skills to across multiple projects, with deeper understanding of the technical needs of the projects and where gaps may lie. Projects are efforts based in the labs’ research that are typically larger in scope than individual researchers and often involve developers and/or data scientists. They may feature a team of researchers working towards a larger goal, in-depth interactions with my client’s product teams or high-visibility external partnerships.
Stakeholder Management: Managing distributed internal stakeholders across geographies, effectively communicating project status and coordinating activities.
Product Management: Facilitate successful interactions between the labs and my client’s product teams. Contribute to framing of emerging projects based on understanding of the labs’ research capabilities and how they fit with the needs of my client’s product teams and/or external customers. Successfully work with research leaders, to communicate and share their vision.
Qualifications and skills
BA/BS required; preferably in a technical subject, (including but not limited to computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, biology or other natural or life science).
5+ years of programme management experience required
Experience either performing academic style research or working with PhD researchers
Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple priorities.
Keen attention to detail with analytical problem-solving skills. Understanding of business processes and challenges.