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Programme Manager - Materials Science

Req ID 94813BR Job category Research & Technology Countries (State/Region) South East Location United Kingdom - South East - Sunbury Apply now

Role synopsis

The past two decades have led to tremendous advances in materials science and technology and these advances are finding successful applications in a range of industries. BP has sought to deepen its knowledge and broaden its capability base to support the fundamental understanding of existing and new materials to support its current and future operations. As part of this effort we are looking to recruit a materials science expert who will lead and shape the material science platform in Group Research. The individual will need to interact across the materials communities in BP and our university partners, particularly in BP-ICAM, and act as a highly effective connector into the businesses.

BP established the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM) in 2012 with the Hub at Manchester and spokes at Imperial, Cambridge and Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The BP-ICAM is an integral part of Group Research within Group Technology.

BP is investing of the order of $5 to 6 million per annum over the next 10 years in the BP-ICAM to fund materials science research. It is undertaking both ‘Fundamental’ and ‘Applied’ research in five enduring themes of:-

  • Corrosion & Degradation
  • Separations
  • Wear & Lubrication
  • Fouling & Deposition
  • Material Systems
These are underpinned by research in modelling and imaging & characterisation.

Key accountabilities

The Programme Leader will be an experienced technologist/engineer who will be an expert in materials science or engineering. Working with the BP-ICAM Associate Director, they will develop Group Research’s participation strategy in materials science for BP, including managing the operation of the BP-ICAM. The Programme Leader will support Group Research and the Businesses through:

  1. line management of direct report(s) ;
  2. support the development of team members;
  3. drive and embed the HSSE culture and behaviours across activities including the BP-ICAM;
  4. connecting up materials interests and resources across Group Research;
  5. develop strategic direction of materials related research aligned to BP challenges;
  6. development of materials expert groups and linkages between Group Research, SciNet and Upstream and Downstream Technology;
  7. identifying materials science areas of relevance to BP;
  8. providing technical input to support materials workshops
  9. facilitating linkages to BP stakeholders to help define materials needs and the means by which the know-how from materials research projects can be integrated into BP operations;
  10. manage the BP-ICAM portfolio;
  11. supporting grant applications for materials related projects;
  12. developing and co-ordinating BP-ICAM calls for proposals, liaising with the universities to help shape and provide BP context to inform calls;
  13. providing a technical assessment of BP-ICAM projects and analysis of technical output from the research;
  14. delivery of the BP-ICAM End of Year Report, portfolio reviews and other scientific communications; and
  15. working with BP-ICAM Mentors to identify and support opportunities for IP exploitation.

Essential Education

  • Qualified to PhD level in science/engineering

Essential experience and job requirements

  • Experience of managing technology teams
  • Experience of managing research collaborations with 3rd parties - especially universities
  • Ability to lead teams of highly experienced technologists
  • Broad knowledge in a field of materials science or engineering
  • Deep understanding of material properties at an atomic & molecular level and a working knowledge of electrochemistry
  • Experience in a science/technology delivery environment
  • Experience of managing technology programmes internally and with third parties
  • Experience of developing and maintaining academic partnerships
  • Good understanding of IP and experience in working with 3rd parties to delivery competitive IP
  • Good interpersonal, communication and influencing skills
  • Good programme and knowledge management skills
  • Ability to work successfully across organisational boundaries and lead through influencing

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location)

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Desirable criteria & qualifications


Relocation available


Travel required

Negligible travel

Is this a part time position?


About BP

We are a global energy business involved in every aspect of the energy system. We have 75,000 employees in 80 countries, working towards delivering light, heat and mobility to millions of people, every day. We are one of the very few companies equipped to solve some of the big complex challenges that matter for the future. We have a real contribution to make to the world's ambition of a low carbon future. Join us, and be part of what we can accomplish together.


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