ESRC Research Centre and Communications Manager Ref 7501

School/department: University of Sussex Business School,Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy (CITP) 
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 5 years
Reference: 7501 
Salary: starting at £42,149 to £50,296 per annum (pro-rata for part time working)
Placed on: 20 December 2021
Closing date: 27 January 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: 14 February 2022
Expected start date: April 2022

Job description

This vacancy is only open to those currently employed by the university.

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the University of Sussex for a high-performing professional to take on the management of the Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy – an ambitious and dynamic research centre supported by an £8 million grant from the ESRC and by a further £4 million from its contributing universities. The post is fixed-term until 5th April 2027 but with a possibility of extension or permanency. We anticipate that it will be full-time, with scope for flexible working, but would entertain requests for part-time employment.

This challenging role sits within the University of Sussex Business School and is line managed by the School’s Research Manager while reporting substantively to the Centre’s Co-Directors, Professors Michael Gasiorek and L Alan Winters in the Department of Economics. The post-holder will be responsible for overall management of the Centre, including day-to-day operations, reporting, supporting stakeholder engagement, and co-ordinating the Centre’s programme of research. They will also lead on the CITP’s communications and impact activities, including devising and updating the Centre’s comms, engagement and impact strategy, advising on outreach activities, preparing material, and managing relationships with the people and organisations whom the centre seeks to inform and influence. The Centre and Communications Manager will work collaboratively with the Directors, including Professor Giovanni Facchini (University of Nottingham, Deputy Director) and the Centre’s Leadership Team, to develop and realise the strategic vision of the Centre, and in so doing support the University’s ambition to create a world-leading research centre that has real impact.

As well as the University of Sussex Business School, the Centre includes researchers from the University of Sussex’s School of Law, Politics and Sociology (Department of Law), five other UK universities and four from overseas. It also has nine non-academic partners.

For further information or to discuss the role please contact the Centre Co-Director Professor L Alan Winters: 

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification Ref 7501 [PDF 172.25KB]

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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