Senior Research Development Manager Ref 20392

School/department: Research and Enterprise (RES)
Hours: Full-time or part-time hours, hybrid, considered up to 37.5 hours per week  Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). 
Contract: Permanent
Reference: 20392
Salary: starting at £ 44,414 to £ 52,841 per annum, pro rata if part time.
Placed on: 12 April 2023
Closing date: 16 May 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: to be confirmed  
Expected start date: As soon as possible 

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in leading one of the Research Development teams within Research and Enterprises (RES). The Team provides
advice and professional support to the University's academic staff in their pursuit of
research and knowledge exchange funding. The role will lead one of the Research Development Teams and support the development of a successful portfolio of research awards which includes:

  • Leading a team supporting a group of Schools, being responsible for the line management of the individuals concerned, delivering a high quality and effective research support service. 
  • Providing professional support for the planning, development and delivery of high quality research and knowledge exchange applications.
  • Responsibility for oversight of the team’s proposal development, award acceptance, review of relevant contract terms and coordination of contract negotiation and any associated due diligence, sanctions and export license checks. 
  • Identify and update processes and procedures in the delivery of support to stakeholders.  In particular to enhance the quality and financial sustainability of research proposals.

The postholder will be expected to work across RES and professional services divisions to draw in expertise as necessary in the delivery of their work. Keen attention to detail and good organisational abilities are essential. These skills will be combined with the interpersonal and communication skills needed to work effectively with the University’s academic staff and external organisations that fund research. 

Please contact Claire Potter ( for informal Enquiries.

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 20392 [PDF 267.26KB]

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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 [DOCX 65.11KB] 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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