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The Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center (SCTL Center) at the University of Washington has an outstanding opportunity for a Research and Development Manager. The SCTL Center improves supply chain transportation and logistics practices through education, transformative research, and engagement with industry and the public sector. The SCTL Center’s core expertise is found in the nexus of business, infrastructure, and public policy. The Center’s team are international thought leaders in supply chain transportation and logistics systems, including urban freight, and these systems’ intersection with both the public and privately built environments. The Center provides insights for students, industry leaders and practitioners, public sector officials, and the academic and research communities in freight transportation, supply chain, transportation and logistics.
The Center participates in data collection, interpretation, and developing understanding as well as analytical model development and pilot testing of technology applications. The Center builds professional networks and develops benchmarked best practices in support of industry productivity and building sustainable communities. The Center is a self-sustaining, non-profit organization within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.
The Research and Development Manager plays a vital role in ensuring that the Center produces high quality work, on time and within budget. The manager serves as the Center’s primary external liaison; developing project leads and Urban Freight Lab memberships. As such, they work closely with the Center’s director and research staff. The Center is a fast-paced and dynamic environment, which will require strong organizational skills and problem-solving abilities.
The Research and Development Manager will need to use effective time management to set priorities and juggle multiple projects in order to meet deadlines. In addition, this individual will regularly exercise independent judgement and discretion especially in day-to-day contact with current and prospective industry and public sector partners.
RESPONSIBILITIES: PROJECT MANAGEMENT (50%) •Act as project manager for active projects and research contracts to ensure on-time, on-budget, and high-quality deliverables. •Assist SCTL Center Director to develop and achieve financial and performance goals for the Center. •Create and manage a program to track and analyze performance, lead the SCTL team to learn from experience and improve on delivery of each of the Center’s strategic goals. •Support Center staff and mange research teams. Develop and implement workflow improvements. •Work with Center and department fiscal staff to track and manage budgets and expenditures. •Manage Center data, records, and contracts. •Manage Center academic and fiscal staff to produce research proposals, scopes of work, and research reports. •Manage hiring procedures, payroll, and supervise temporary staff necessary to implement Center research. •Actively delegate and effectively utilize temporary staff to ensure work is completed smoothly. •Manage pilot projects related to Center research including interfacing with City departments, private building managers, and freight operating companies. •Maintain and access the database of Center contacts including current and prospective UFL members. •Track Urban Freight Lab membership contracts, including activity corresponding with efforts to secure new members. •Interpret and explain relevant policies and procedures for current and prospective UFL members. •Support event logistics for Urban Freight Lab meetings including, but not limited to, collaborating and identifying appropriate guests and speakers, managing note production, and preparing and distributing preparatory materials. •Prepare and manage an annual calendar of Center events. Ensure all fiscal operation compliance procedures are followed for all research and external focused events.
EXTERNAL SCTL CENTER RELATIONS AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP (50%) •Visit SCTL Center and UFL partners, both private companies and public agencies. •Facilitate faculty involvement in these site visits. Serve as the SCTL Center’s representative on national and international organizations related to key private and public issues. •Remain current on supply chain, transportation and logistics industry and related public policy trends by reading, reviewing, and investigating current and ongoing research and practices. •Build the visibility of the SCTL program and its activities through professional engagement and through leadership including conducting media interviews, webinars, and presenting at conferences. •Identify, engage, and partner with the volunteer leaders in SCTL MS alumni communities who can be effective SCTL “influencers” for UFL membership and Center participation. •Work with communications staff to present results in compelling ways and ensure research outcomes reach intended audiences. •Develop and maintain a clear understanding of SCTL Center research areas and strengths. •Communicate regularly with research leaders. Participate in networking and relationship building with the Center community.
REQUIREMENTS: •Bachelor’s degree and three years of experience in project management, sponsorship management, corporate relations, and/or industry engagement. •Strong interpersonal skills and customer service; a professional manner with the ability to exercise oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communications, verbal and written, one on one and group, etc.; the ability to communicate in a direct and professional manger that engages dialog in a manner that resolves differences. •Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships and actively contribute as a member of working teams to achieve results. •Ability to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, set priorities and handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively. •Takes responsibility and initiative to set and meet the goals, objectives and obligations while representing the mission, values and visions of our organization. •Demonstrated creativity, organizational ability, and strong attention to detail. •Ability to make decisions in ambiguous situations, exercise good judgement based on information and analysis in a fast paced, dynamic deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner. •Flexible working hours to accommodate all SCTL events, held on nights and weekends as scheduled.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Experience in supply chain, transportation and logistics fields; either public or private sector, or a combination or both. •Experience in fiscal management and analysis of state, department and discretionary funds in support of development initiatives. •Ability to interpret and apply institutional administrative and fiscal compliance guidelines and practices. Familiarity and experience with UW systems. •Advanced level of computer and technology expertise, including advanced proficiency working with Salesforce, Microsoft Word, and Excel for the generation of correspondence, special reports, and spreadsheets.
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