Senior/Principal Project Leader Innovations


Location: South Yorkshire

Job Type: Full time


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Senior / Principal Project Leader Innovations

Innovation and Skills Directorate

Location: Middlesbrough, UK (hybrid)

Contract: Fixed Term – 1 year (with possibility to extend)

Hours: Full time

Salary: Competitive rate

Description of role:

TWI is a world-leading independent engineering research and technology organisation. A new opportunity has arisen within our Technology Innovation Management team in the Innovation and Skills Directorate.

We are looking to recruit a Principal Project Leader who will operate across TWI stakeholders in the Teesside region of the UK. This role would be ideal for a person with a technical and research/innovation background, whilst also being confident in stakeholder engagement, business development and consultancy delivery.

This role involves conducting desktop research to develop an understanding of research trends and drivers within technical thematic areas (including, but not limited to, net-zero and circular economy), scouting for organisations (in particular SME’s) within the region that would respond to collaborative research challenges, broker relationships between higher education institutions and the private sector, and initiate collaborative research opportunities that are of mutual benefit to both sectors/parties. The successful candidate must therefore work effectively and independently on charting technical thematic area developments, understanding and developing relationships with stakeholders in the Teesside region with suitable profiles, and essentially engaging them in a network of common interests. However, the successful candidate, will also go further, and once having engaged suitable organisations/stakeholders, develop business opportunities for TWI whereby innovation and research consultancy is delivered within this same role. Thus, this role requires the effective market analysis, stakeholder engagement, brokerage and business development skills, as well as innovation-savviness to deliver consultancy offerings to TWI customers.


Desktop research and stakeholder scouting activities may be performed in a hybrid-working arrangement. However, as this role would also involve face-to-face meetings with Clients, organisation of/attendance to workshops and event, the role requires frequent travel within the Teesside region, combined with working from TWI’s offices in Middlesbrough. Further UK travel may also be required.

About us:

TWI Ltd is a world expert in engineering, materials and joining technologies with significant property assets. We provide industry with advice and know-how in design, fabrication, failure analysis and prevention.

We offer opportunities to collaborate with inspiring and expert teams and a supportive environment in which you are actively encouraged to share your ideas and continually develop your own skills and knowledge.

If you are looking to join an organisation that is fuelled by innovation, teamwork, and openness, this role could be for you.

Diversity statement:

TWI Ltd is committed to treating all employees fairly and to being an inclusive employer. Our aim is to create a work environment where our employees can reach their full potential. We put Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of our people practices to attract, develop and retain the best talent.


We recognise that it’s the differences of our people that gives us our competitive edge and enables us to maintain our world leading reputation. This is why we are committed to ensuring there is diversity across every level of our organisation; representative of the Members and societies we serve. We have made Inclusion our number one corporate value to demonstrate our commitment to ensure it is at the core of everything we do at TWI.

Why work for TWI?

We offer a competitive salary, share-in-success bonus scheme, generous pension scheme (both employee contribution (flexible amount) and TWI contribution (up to 10% of salary), holiday (25 days + 8 bank holiday’s), private health and dental cover, career development and training, onsite parking and more.

We know that balancing work and personal life can at times be challenging. This is why we continue to review and implement family friendly policies including hybrid working, flexible working, enhanced maternity pay and paid parental leave.

External funding:

If this position is to be based in our Port Talbot office it will be part of an initiative known as AEMRI (Advanced Engineering Materials Research Institute), which is funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) using European Regional Development Funds (ERDF). If this position is to be based in our Middlesbrough office it will part of an initiative known as Centre for Materials Integrity which is part funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Closing Date: 10 October 2022

Reference number: 170/22

For further details, please click on the Job Description link below:

TWI Culture

As one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations, we are committed to attracting, motivating and retaining the best talent from around the world. Our goal is to develop the next generation of experts to address future industry challenges.

We are committed to creating a culture that recognises and respects the differences between people while valuing the contribution everyone makes to TWI.

We recognise the diversity of our staff and students makes a positive and important contribution to our continuing success.

TWI offers a comprehensive training programme, incorporating both in-house and external courses to support staff development.

TWI Values:


Building effective working relationships, we accomplish more together

Innovation and Expertise

Championing new ideas and sharing knowledge with each other

Taking responsibility

Achieving our objectives and personal development

Customer focus

Building trusting relationships with our customers


Accepting and engaging positively with change


Valuing the contribution from every individual, creating value for our customers

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