Applications Manager – Graphene & 2D Materials

(Coatings, Inks, Membranes, Complex electronics, Sensors and Wearables)

Bridging the Gap – An ERDF Funded Project

up to £60K plus benefits

This is an excellent opportunity for a commercially strong, industry experienced, pragmatic individual to join the team of Application Managers working on creating partnerships to exploit the exciting opportunities offered by Graphene and 2D Materials being proudly developed and explored at the University of Manchester.  The isolation and development of these new materials continues to gather pace so that more is known and understood, in turn suggesting countless potential applications and opportunity.  The construction of the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) will act as a focal point for subsequent investigations, trials, testing, evaluation and the prioritisation of commercial development to ensure that business opportunities are accelerated and delivered effectively with Industry.  Success will require the development of significant relationships across both Industry and Academia, a thirst for innovative, but achievable solutions and a drive for significant economic or societal benefit.

Working as part of the project team, the appointee will be responsible for the development of effective commercial partnerships with potentially key partners, the proving of new and novel materials in novel opportunities and the establishment of a growing body of application expertise, solutions and commercially-viable materials.  The ideal candidate will have experience of working within Industry, experience and demonstrable understanding of successful product development, be able to work comfortably and effectively across all levels SME organisations and have a clear understanding of the supply chain.  This is an influential and highly significant appointment, both for the GEIC and their partners and the right individual will enjoy the opportunity to contribute to the overall long-term development of this ground-breaking work.  As such, cultural fit will be of paramount importance, as will an entrepreneurial, proactive and balanced approach to initiate, develop and deliver to increasing aspirations.

The candidate, ideally qualified to degree level or equivalent in an Engineering or Technically-based discipline, will have a demonstrable and successful track record in the development and management of a commercial business, along with strategic ability, strong teamwork, a high level of integrity and a desire to build relationships both internally and externally.  Experienced in developing new products, novel ideas and long-term aspirations, particularly within Coatings, Inks, Membranes, Complex Electronics, Sensors and Wearables, the appointee will demonstrate drive, tenacity, maturity and confidence, exemplary project management, communication & presentation skills and the successful delivery of new business opportunities to the SME’s.  Listening, influencing and negotiation will all be key competencies along with a positive, enthusiastic outlook which will engage others to support the overall ambitions of the GEIC and its’ SME partners.


erdf-logo.jpegInterested applicants should send a detailed CV and covering letter quoting current salary and reference 1810/web to  This post is ERDF funded for up to 2 years until December 2020.  For a confidential discussion, please call Steve Bennett on: +44 (0) 1270 875710.

Job Details

Full Time
Manchester, England
Degree Level or Equivalent
December 13, 2018