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Accelerator Technical Lead and Program Manager job with UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH

Food and markets

Site: Campus Medway
Salary: £40,927 to £50,296 per year
Type of Contract : Permanent
Closing Date: Monday, January 31, 2022
Date of interview: be confirmed
Reference: 3002

The University of Greenwich’s Institute of Natural Resources is offering an exciting position for a graduate with business experience to manage a food innovation acceleration program linked to the new Medway Food Innovation Centre.

The Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich is part of a consortium called Growth of Kent and Medway (GK&M), which is led by NIAB EMR and won a £17.8m UKRI Strength in Places grant. GK&M’s ambition is to develop a world-class agri-food innovation cluster that supports the growth of technology-driven horticultural production, food and beverage processing, and manufacturing. Besides NIAB EMR and the University of Greenwich, other research partners in this world-class consortium include the University of Kent. Industry partners include a range of leading local agribusinesses (APS Produce, Berry Gardens Growers, Chapel Down, Gusbourne Estate, Richard Hochfeld Group, Thanet Earth, Worldwide Fruit); an innovative technology integration company that operates across supply chains (Geku Automation); and a world leader in packaging (Smurfit Kappa). GK&M is backed by strong civic and business support with partners in the Kent & Medway Economic Partnership and Locate in Kent. GK&M will drive innovation and wealth creation by fostering a dynamic, collaborative network that enables new and existing food businesses to grow and thrive. It connects industry, technologists and researchers to co-creatively address the innovation challenges facing the agri-food sector and its supply chains. Over the 5-year project, a total of £5 million has been allocated to a research and innovation fund to support collaborative offerings which would typically include business and research partners.

As part of the GK&M project, the University of Greenwich is setting up the Medway Food Innovation Center (MFIC) – a state-of-the-art facility to deliver game-changing food R&D solutions to industries through cutting-edge research as well as excellent training and courses in food product and process development for cohorts of students.

As part of MFIC’s vision, a food innovation accelerator program will be set up to focus on promoting the growth of businesses in the food and drink sector in Kent. Selected companies will receive expert advice and access to hub facilities established under GK&M; these include the MFIC as well as the Green Hub (crop production, NIAB EMR) and the Biotech Hub (University of Kent). The appointed Accelerator Manager will have primary responsibility for planning, promoting, establishing and managing the Food Innovation Acceleration Program and working closely with other members of the GK&M team.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience working and managing business support programs (mentoring, incubator, accelerator programs), excellent communication skills and an ability to inspire.

For an informal discussion about the position, please contact Andy Frost, Director of Business Development and Partnerships on [email protected]

If you have any questions, please contact the HR recruitment team at [email protected]

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