The Future Flight Challenge was recently announced by the UK Government to support exciting new technologies that will accelerate adoption of innovative aircraft such as flying urban taxis, electric passenger planes and commercial-use drones. The Government will £125m through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which will be supported by industry co-investment.
Future Flight is one of 20 confirmed Industrial Strategy Challenge Funds (ISCF), which aim to bring together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time and is being delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Each ISCF challenge is led by a Challenge Director, who have the unprecedented opportunity to shape and build a programme so that the UK can capitalise on its strengths and support business-led collaborations and coordinated research efforts.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. It strengthens the strategic approach to future challenges, and maximises value from the UK Government’s investment of over £7 billion per annum in research and innovation. It delivers a strengthened, unified voice for the UK’s research and innovation funding system, facilitating the dialogue with government and partners on the global stage.
Challenge Directors for the ISCF will bring fresh ideas and dynamism, acting as catalysts for the creation of truly transformative collaborations and solutions to meet the challenge identified. This role will suit a high-profile leader who will ensure the research and business focussed elements of the programme are coordinated, managed and monitored effectively for the benefit of the UK economy.
The Challenge Director for Future Flight will lead and be accountable for the challenge. They will ensure that the challenge will deliver against its agreed vision, meets its goals and objectives and realise the expected benefits. The successful candidate will have a commercial background and strategic leadership experience in either aerospace or another part of the wider aviation sector. Candidates with system design and system integration skills who can bring an alternative perspective from allied activities such as AI, robotics, autonomy and other transport systems, are also encouraged to apply.
With exceptional influencing skills, you will be adept at successfully managing a diverse range of stakeholders including; Aerospace OEMs, System Integrators, Regulators, Air Navigation Space Providers, technology SMEs, cities, airports, government and other key delivery partners such as industry bodies. Candidates will bring previous experience of building and delivering large-scale research, development and innovation projects associated with the aviation industry and transport systems. You will also have excellent networking capabilities, and be able to demonstrate commercial and political judgement.
Newsom Consulting Ltd is acting as an executive recruitment advisor to the UK Research and Innovation on this appointment. For further information about the role and to apply please email [email protected] using reference FlightCD. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 3026 3870 . Applications should be received by noon on 17 October 2019