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Program Manager for Agri Tech Sensor Development

AOR-21 Program Manager for Agri Tech Sensor Development

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term


The Science Foundation Ireland/Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: VistaMilk Centre for innovative Smart precision pasture-based dairying, brings together a number of major Irish research providers to facilitate the development and deployment of new knowledge, new ICT technologies and new decision support tools to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire dairy production chain.  To this end, Vistamilk will develop new, and advance existing, electronic monitoring and sensing technologies to transform an already world-class dairy sector into a global leader in sustainable Agri-Tech and also provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for research, education and innovation within this domain.

VistaMilk will specifically address pasture-based dairy production, improved processability and the generation of novel, higher-value-added products through the creation of new sensing and actuation paradigms.  Particular focus will be given to developing state-of-the-art sensor based analytical techniques applied to largescale, sensor data-sets delivered by advanced network and communication technologies.  VistaMilk is a consortium of 4 main academic partners and 35 industry partners which will be the most inclusive and comprehensive research centre of its kind in the world.  The academics are leaders in their fields and the industry partners come from a range of key companies from across the value-chain in the all important ICT and dairy sectors in Ireland.

Tyndall National Institute is a core partner in the VistaMilk Centre and is leading the Smart Sensor Systems hardware development. As one of Europe’s leading ICT institutes, with over 500 people and a capital infrastructure in excess of €200m, Tyndall is now focusing its research in microelectronics and front end sensor development into “making smart things for the Internet of Dairying”. We now wish to recruit a Programme Manager in order to manage the operations, research and industry engagement for the Centre. Key research themes will include sensors, IC design, systems integration and field deployment.


Reporting to the VistaMilk Principal Investigator, based at Tyndall, the Programme Manager will be responsible for the coordination of all research programmes and core activities of the smart sensor systems strand. The successful candidate will act as a Programme Champion, creating an environment for teamwork, collaboration, open communications and ownership required to ensure a highly successful programme. This will include oversight of all research programmes, facilitating the delivery of commercialisation outputs, managing partner company engagements (in partnership with the technology transfer office) and the monitoring and reporting of Key Performance Indicators and deliverables. They will establish, develop and execute best-in-class programme and project management processes that will ensure timely delivery, within budget, of multiple, complex and high value, multi-year, and multi-group projects. They will work with EU programs office, at Tyndall, to explore and contribute to the internationalisation of the VistaMilk centre through H2020 and Horizon Europe project collaborations.  Success will require the candidate to build close working relationships with the research teams within Tyndall and the partner institutes, the Centre’s HQ and the industry partners. They will also contribute to the continued development of a ‘high engagement/high performance” working environment amongst all staff by promoting Tyndall’s key values of Leadership, Excellence, Teamwork, People, Entrepreneurship and Optimism.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Principal Investigator in Tyndall, Funded Investigators and VistaMilk Centre HQ in multidisciplinary, multi-group project teams, across the Centre to deliver:
  • Programme, project and budget management for industry driven and platform research projects.
    • Establishment of detailed project plans and targets/deliverables/milestones
    • Preparation and management of project budgets
    • Continuous monitoring of progress against plans
    • Arrangement of regular project review meetings
    • Communication on progress to stakeholders via reports and meetings
    • Strategic planning of the research programme and industry engagement
  • Company engagement including existing partner companies and the introduction of new partner companies throughout the lifetime of the centre:
    • Support the negotiation of work plans and contract agreements with partner companies
    • Support the growth of the industry partner group
    • Coordinate and manage events such as external conferences and industry workshops and information days
  • Identification and generation of EU H2020 and Horizon Europe proposals, in collaboration with Tyndall Business Development, the Tyndall H2020 Programme Office and the VistaMilk HQ
  • Visible technology transfer of IP generated so that it delivers the best economic outcome for Ireland.
    • Work with the TTO to identify and protect IP that emerges from the projects
    • Work with the TTO to exploit licensing opportunities where appropriate
    • Track direct economic benefits as a result of IP transfer to partner companies
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • A degree qualification in a science, engineering or a related subject
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in industry driven projects
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in R&D programme management, project management and/or product development
  • Experience of managing project budgets valued at over 0.5M€
  • Experience of business development and/or R&D contract negotiation
  • Experience in one or more of the following: strategic planning, R&D innovation

Desirable Criteria

  • Postgraduate qualification in science, engineering or business
  • Experience of project managing multiple partner (academic and industry) R&D projects
  • Demonstrated ability in leading high performing technical teams with successful outcomes
  • Strong communication skills, including report writing and presentation skills.
  • Project Management accreditation, certification or equivalent
  • Experience in technology road mapping
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Experience of drafting national and international research proposals
  • Experience in Intellectual Property (IP) management, Technology Transfer and exploitation
  • Experience and track record in the use of KPIs to monitor and track performance
  • To have experience in Agritech, Agriculture or environmental sectors

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Alan O’Riordan

Appointment may be made on the Admin II Grade 6A € 58,799 - €74,228.  In all instances the successful appointment will be at the first point of the scale.

Closing Date for Applications is 5.00pm on 26th April 2019.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate AOR-21 as the Job Reference

Step 2 – return completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  No late applications will be accepted.

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking here.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.