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NWTF is hiring a Group Projects Manager

Job Title: Group Projects Manager

Location: Imperial College London

Contract Type: Full time, fixed term for 36 months.

Salary: £51,115 to £61,549

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Purpose of the post:

The UK National Wind Tunnel Facility (NWTF), is coordinated by Imperial College London. This initiative involves 22 tunnels distributed across 11 UK universities which are open to external users, both university and industry based. This post comes as the current project moves into a new phase with a greater emphasis on developing a UK and international community network.

Several cross-sectoral group activities have been identified through subgroup meetings held between 2020 – 2022 with attendees from industry and academia. To move each of these group projects forward, a dedicated project manager is required to bring together the industry, academic and agency requirements to develop a group grant application. This is a key appointment in that it will generate greater collaboration between academics and industry. The coordinator will continue to host subgroup discussion forums for the wider community to discover future group projects, helping to generate new research proposals. An example project already identified is the open access NASA/Boeing High-Lift Common Research Model (CRM-HL) for low-speed facilities, models for which are currently being manufactured and will be the basis of future programmes. CRM-HL involves international partners in France (ONERA), Germany (DLR) and Japan (JAXA).

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Work with the NWTF members from both industry and academia to develop group project grant applications and plan and implement activities to the point of research grant application success.
  2. Assess stakeholder needs and analyse opportunities.
  3. Present results to stakeholders and NWTF members and put forward recommendations.
  4. Provide briefings, presentations, and reports.
  5. Develop and support decision making processes.
  6. Create delivery process for project developments and communication strategies as needed.
  7. Collaborate and work with other staff within the department and National Wind Tunnel Facility members across the NWTF network.
  8. Build project plans and deliverables around research projects identified in subgroup discussion forums.
  9. Lead on the delivery of group project activities, including ensuring all teams complete actionable
    items to agreed timescales
  10. Determine resources required for projects and work with university teams to ensure correct costings for project activities are incorporated into bids.
  11. Identify and make recommendations to contribute to the effective operation of projects.
  12. Organise subgroup meetings and events, disseminate notes and actions.
  13. Host workshops to determine future projects.
  14. Write reports, conference and journal papers on the project outcomes.
  15. Coordinate activities among subgroup members
  16. De-risk projects prior to larger research investment proposals
  17. Ensure economies of scale across the network are achieved.
  18. Coordinate engagement with funding bodies to the point of funding for each project.
  19. Coordinate funding for shipping and insurance of shared research models.
  20. Undertake such other duties as may be reasonably requested and that are commensurate with the nature and grade of the post.
  21. Attend meetings online and around the UK as needed.


Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:
Essential (E)/
Desirable (D)
First degree in engineering or physical science.E
PhD in experimental aerodynamics by research, or equivalent.D
First-hand experience in experimental aerodynamics for research and technological
Previous experience of project management.E
Proven experience of stakeholder management, project planning and dissemination.E
Experience of developing and managing large multi-institutional projects, involving
external and internal partners.
Previous experience of liaising with external bodies including industry.E
Experience of facilitating workshops and conferences.D
Extensive background in and understanding of fundamental aerodynamics.E
Thorough knowledge of modern instrumentation.D
Skills & Abilities
Ability to communicate effectively and clearly with a wide range of people.E
Good interpersonal and organisational skills.E
Ability to identify the work required and either organise, facilitate or perform the work.E
Ability to work well as part of a team and balance need, risk and pragmatism when
developing solutions.
Good analytical skills demonstrated by a structured and methodical approach.E
Ability to prioritise and manage multiple and varied activities simultaneously, as well
as the ability to perform effectively under pressure.
Ability to bring discussions to a decision-making end.E

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Further information

This is a full time, fixed term position for 36 months. You will be based at South Kensington Campus.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact Professor Jonathan Morrison: [email protected] or Claire Mc Namara: [email protected]

For queries regarding the recruitment process please contact Lisa Kelly: [email protected]

The College is currently trialling a Work Location Framework until early 2023.  Hybrid working may be considered for this role and the role holder may be expected to work 60% or more of their time onsite, with 40% the minimum time spent onsite.  The opportunity for hybrid working will be discussed at interview.