Cranfield University

Cranfield University

Head of Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) & Programmes

United Kingdom

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Head of Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) & Programmes


Cranfield University


School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Based at

Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Hours of work

37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.

Contract type



Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £60,099 to £69,505 per annum with potential progression to £85,000 per annum

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  • 4632 - JD & Person Spec.pdf (PDF, 310.92kb)
  • Role Description

    About the Role

    The AIRC, established in 2017, fosters collaboration between industry and academia and this next phase of leading large multimillion pound research programmes, which coupled with industrial sized rigs, aims to address the significant challenges leading to zero emissions aviation.

    This exciting role will have a significant impact on the shape and future direction of key industrial partner relationships such as with Airbus and Rolls-Royce, working closely with our Heads of Centre for Aeronautics and Propulsion & Thermal Power Engineering. The focus of this role will be:

  • Integrated Programme management of large research projects and the operation and development of new strategic opportunities for the AIRC, drawing on research capability across the School and wider University community.
  • Maintaining & developing collaborations both nationally and internationally as well as within the university, generating ongoing research and commercial income for the university
  • Undertaking managerial and leadership responsibilities as appropriate.
  • About You

    With a degree or Masters in an Engineering discipline you will be experienced in Programme Management, with relevant industry and academic experience. You will have current knowledge of the strategic challenges facing the civil and defence aerospace sectors, and have experience and insight into research roadmaps and/or activities relating to addressing these challenges. You will have significant experience of project and team management/leadership with an established track record in developing, securing, and leading significant research or commercial projects and income generation. You will be able to demonstrate evidence in building and maintaining strategic industry or academic partnerships, as well as excellent project and time management skills. Just as key are strong influencing, writing, communication, and presentation skills.

    About Us

    As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield's world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

    The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) is a leading provider of postgraduate level engineering education, research and technology support to individuals and organisations. At the forefront of aerospace, manufacturing and transport systems technology and management for over 70 years, we deliver multi-disciplinary solutions to the complex challenges facing industry. The Aerospace theme offers world-class and niche post- graduate level research, education, training and consultancy.

    Our Values and Commitments

    Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

    We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

    Working Arrangements

    Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

    For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor Mark Westwood, Professor of Aeronautics and Head of Centre for Aeronautics on E: [email protected]

    Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: hr[email protected]. Please quote reference number 4632.

    Job details


    Head of Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) & Programmes


    Cranfield University


    United Kingdom


    September 13, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 03, 2023

    Job type



    Engineering,Space Science

    About the employer

    Established in 1946 as the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University saw a lot of development in the 1950s and 1960s in aircraft design and research. This gave rise to diversification into manufacturing and management. It finally changed its name to Cranfield University in 1993. In the following years, the university gained a lot of appreciation, and recently, Defence Academy, UK came into partnership with the university.

    The academic schools under the university are Cranfield Defence and Security, School of Aerospace, Transport Systems, Manufacturing, School of Water, Energy, and Environment, and School of Management. Cranfield University has two campuses, one in Cranfield and the other in Shrivenham. Both of them are set in the English countryside, close to several places of interest. The campus promotes students to bond and helps each other out. It offers ample opportunities for sports, social activities, or recreation. The accommodations range from single student apartment blocks to family homes. The Shrivenham campus is a secure military site and has a variety of modern facilities for the students, staff as well as their families. Cranfield is filled with places to shop, eat, and drink. It is about 50 miles from London, while Shrivenham is 80 miles away from the capital city.

    The university welcomes students from all over the world. As of 2020, the university had 54% of students from the UK and 16% from other EU countries. About 30% of the students were from other parts of the world. It also has one of the best teacher-to-student ratios in the UK, with one academic staff member for five students. Cranfield University is responsible for the education of more than half of the UK's aerospace engineering master's students. It provides placements in HSBC, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte, and other big companies.

    Cranfield University boasts of its 60,000+ alumni base, and some of the notable personalities include Former Group Chief Executive at Barclays Antony Jenkins, Executive Director of Oxfam International Winnie Byanyima, CEO of Aston Martin Andy Palmer and CEO of Rolls-Royce Holdings Warren East. Some of the other notable alumni are former Prime Minister of Jordan Nader Al-Dahabi, Former CEO of Royal Jordanian airlines Samer Majali, James Vowles who is the Chief Strategist of Mercedes Formula 1 team and Crispin Blunt, Member of Parliament for Reigate.

    Cranfield University, also known as the UK Specialist Postgraduate University, has established its foundation in not only teaching excellent programmes but also as an impeccable research centre. Additionally, the university has been honoured with the Queen's Anniversary Prize six times. As an interesting fact, 96% of Cranfield graduates are either employed or pursuing their further studies.

    The university has successfully partnered with or established close links with more than 130 universities within and outside America - other countries being Asia, Oceania, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Cranfield has also collaborated with Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) on its Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Systems programme.

    What many students do not know about Cranfield is that the university has connections with some of the Indian universities as well. There are four such institutions are Defence Institute of Advanced Technology in Pune, Indian Institute of Technology of Kharagpur, Manipal University in Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.

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