Skills Manager – CSconnected Project

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Skills Manager – CSconnected Strength in Places Fund
Cardiff School of Physics & Astronomy

CSconnected is seeking a well-networked and engaging professional with experience of coordinating learning, development and skills activities to underpin expansion of the compound semiconductor cluster in South Wales. The successful individual will be knowledgeable about regional skills needs and opportunities in this sector, experienced in brokering collaborations between industry and training providers, and a highly effective communicator.

The South Wales region is home to a growing semiconductor community of research and innovation organisations, supporting a rapidly expanding industry sector. This exciting sector expects to provide thousands of new job opportunities over the next few years to develop and supply a wide range of new and emerging global technologies. The CSconnected Skills Manager will play a critical role in ensuring that talent and skills needs are addressed to meet anticipated growth in opportunities at all levels.

The CSconnected Strength in Places Fund project is a £43million, 55-month project which aims to strengthen the position of the compound semiconductor community in South Wales to compete in rapidly evolving global markets. It is part-funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund (£25million) with the balance of investments provided by consortium partners, including Cardiff and Swansea Universities, the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, seven industry and two government partners.

The CSconnected SIPF project consists of a core of four collaborative industrial innovation projects focussed on different CS technology areas, each led by an industry partner. Further funds will strengthen development of the cluster through coordinated communications, branding, business development and international activities promoting the region’s collective RD&I and manufacturing strengths, alongside upgrading of existing accommodation to create distributed CSconnected ‘front-of-house’ venues to showcase collective regional capabilities. Funding will also support skills initiatives (CPD, outreach and engagement) with a focus on strengthening cooperation around anticipated workforce demand and delivering longer-term and larger-scale skills interventions.

The SIPF project is part of a wider portfolio of activities and investments in compound semiconductors across the region. This is an exciting opportunity to play a leading role in a well-resourced team, working between industry, government and providers to define and develop long-term skills interventions that provide a lasting legacy in this region.

Salary: £43,434 – £50,296 per annum (Grade 7). The appointment will be made dependent on relevant qualifications and experience.

This is a full time fixed-term role, starting in December 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, until 31 January 2023.

As below, applications from candidates seeking a job-share, secondment or less than full-time hours are strongly encouraged.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made by email to Chris Meadows (chrismeadows@csconnected.com) or Rebecca Blackwell (BlackwellRM@cardiff.ac.uk).

Informal enquiries about working at Cardiff University can be made to Rebecca Blackwell (Blackwellrm@cardiff.ac.uk)

For further details on the role and to apply, please refer to the full Job Description published on Cardiff University ‘Vacancies’ webpages: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jobs

Date advert posted: Thursday, 11 November 2021

Closing date: Thursday, 25 November 2021

Cardiff University and the School of Physics and Astronomy are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds. We strongly welcome female applicants and those from any ethnic minority group, as they are underrepresented in our School. The School of Physics & Astronomy has a Juno Practitioner accreditation that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible. Applications are welcome from individuals who wish to work part-time or full time.

Please NOTE: Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide professional advice and guidance on skills needs specific to the South Wales compound semiconductor sector, liaising with industry, education providers and qualification bodies to advise on planning and impact strategic developments in line with SIPF project objectives.

  • Develop and implement mapping of skills provision to ensure relevance to needs of the region’s CS community.

  • Create specific working groups to achieve stakeholder objectives, including managing and maintaining CS Skills/Education Group meetings with education, training and industrial partners.

  • Establish relationships with key contacts across the project and region including representing the CS community on groups, committees and panels relating to sector skills initiatives (e.g: South East Wales Regional Skills Partnership, NMI).

  • Be responsible for resolving issues independently using judgement and creativity to suggest the most appropriate course of action, ensuring complex and conceptual issues and solutions are understood by different stakeholders.

  • Plan and deliver projects that have a regional impact, matrix-managing contributions from partners as needed, organising and delegating work, monitoring progress and intervening as required.

  • Survey, maintain and share intelligence, investigate and analyse specific issues relating to CS skills/ training needs, promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity within the scope of the project and, creating recommendations/reports to inform and influence senior management and potential funders.

  • Develop recommendations and plans relating to skills/education initiatives and long-term funding opportunities (e.g, Shared Apprenticeships, UK Apprentice Levy, requirements and activities for a CSacademy)

  • Develop guidance, training and presentations on semiconductors skills needs, guiding colleagues as required.

  • Specify blended learning requirements in collaboration with the CPD Project Manager (“hands-on”, face-to-face and e-learning) for CS sector to upskill existing employees, to cross-skill employees entering from other disciplines, and address general education provision for potential future employees, ensuring provision meets user requirements and applicable accreditation standards.

  • Develop and implement a ‘learning management system’ to monitor activities, maintaining documentation, contributing to common requirements and standards, and proactively changing delivery to stakeholder needs.

  • Liaise with the CS Marketing Group to maintain relevant promotional materials for skills.

  • Develop, coordinate and manage outreach programmes on CS activities, including STEM ambassadors, liaising with Careers Services, skills agencies, schools and Colleges and assisting with representation at relevant outreach or recruitment events.

  • Ensure project activities are delivered on time to required standards within scope and budget, managing risk and reporting progress to senior management.

  • Undertake a variety of administrative duties to support the project.

General Duties

  • Ensure an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied to all duties

  • Abide by University policies on Health and Safety, Equality and Diversity

  • Perform other duties occasionally not included above, but consistent with the role

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1. Degree/NVQ4 or equivalent Professional membership/experience

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2. Substantial experience of coordinating and/or managing Learning & Development related activities within a technical or industrial environment.

3. Demonstrated expert professional knowledge of skills and training needs and key advances within a technical or industrial environment.

4. Excellent organisational skills, proven experience in developing plans, strategies, processes and procedures.

Customer Service, Communication and Team Working

5. Able to influence senior decision makers on matters with strategic impact (e.g. investment in skills or training)

6. Evidence of ability to explore customers’ needs, adapt a service and set customer expectations.

7. Proven ability to develop and nurture multi-party networks and collaborations to drive long term developments.

Planning, Analysis and Problem solving

8. Evidence of ability to research and solve expansive problems using initiative and creativity; identify and propose practical, innovative solutions.
9. Evidence of ability to prepare reports and analysis, communicating clearly in both written and verbal form.
10. Evidence of ability to undertake and deliver specific projects and supervise project teams.

Desirable Criteria

1. NVQ5 / Postgraduate/Professional qualification in a relevant discipline

2. Knowledge or experience of practical implementation of activities promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

3. Experience of working closely with Higher Education Institutions and/or government bodies on skills initiatives.

4. Knowledge of Welsh, written and oral

Additional Information

Job Purpose

The role holder will be responsible for skills coordination in support of the ‘CSconnected’ Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) project, providing advice, guidance and support and leading projects within this area.
This postholder will manage coordination of these activities across the CSconnected consortium, including two University partners and ten further industry and government partners. Part-funded by UK government funding provided through UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund, the £43 million, 55-month CSconnected SIPF project aims to strengthen the position of the compound semiconductor (CS) cluster in South Wales to compete in rapidly evolving global markets. SIPF is providing £25m of funding, with the balance of investment provided by partners.

The CSconnected SIPF project consists of a core of four collaborative industrial innovation projects focussed on different CS technology areas, each led by an industry partner. Further funds will strengthen development of the cluster through coordinated communications, branding, business development and international activities promoting the region’s collective RD&I and manufacturing strengths, alongside upgrading of existing accommodation to create distributed CSconnected ‘front-of-house’ venues to showcase collective regional capabilities. Funding will also support skills initiatives (CPD, outreach and engagement) with a focus on strengthening cooperation around anticipated workforce demand and delivering longer-term and larger-scale skills interventions.

This role will be instrumental in analysing and raising awareness of skills needs, driving alignment between skills demand and supply, and progressing initiatives that ensure adequate long-term provision for skills, education and training in the compound semiconductor sector in South Wales.

The post-holder duties will dovetail with those of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Manager on the CSconnected project, with both roles collaborating closely to deliver project objectives.

IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria
Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable criteria.

As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance, 13014BR

Salary Range Min.

43,434

Salary Range Max.

50,296

Job Category

Management & Executive

Grade

Grade 7

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Job Detail

  • Job Id
    34fc87c3e8ed0f37
  • Location
    Cardiff
  • Company
  • Type
    Private
  • Employment Status
    Permanent
  • Positions
    Available
  • Career Level
    Experience
  • Gender
    Male/Female

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