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Network Manager: STFC Food Network+

School for Business and Society
34,308 - 42,155 per year (Reduced for part time working)
Grade 6
Contract status
Fixed term
Hours of work
Based at
University of York campus (with some remote working options available)
Interview date
To be confirmed
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Role Description

STFC Food Network+ (Hosted at The School for Business & Society)

We are seeking a professional and organised network manager to join the STFC Food Network+ (SFN) led by Prof Sonal Choudhary. The SFN brings together food researchers with STFC researchers to tackle food security challenges. We are an interdisciplinary community of academics, policymakers, and industry professionals, working to provide a sustainable, secure supply of safe, nutritious, and affordable high-quality food. The main purpose of the network is to build interdisciplinary collaborations through the organisation of events and workshops, and by awarding funding for interdisciplinary projects (up to £25k). The postholder will be primarily responsible for project management, planning events, and stakeholder engagement.


You will oversee the project and financial management of the STFC Food Network+, which includes planning the work programme to ensure that milestones and deliverables are met, and reporting progress against project objectives. A key part of this role will be to oversee the administration of funding awards to external organisations in the UK and overseas, working alongside internal colleagues (legal and finance) to put contract agreements in place. The role also involves planning and organising a programme of events such as conferences and workshops (online, hybrid, and in-person) and maintaining network communications (via the SFN website, social media channels and newsletter).

This role is advertised as 0.5 FTE, but we are willing to discuss alternative commitments covering 0.4 to 0.6 FTE.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Experience of administering small scale scoping studies and Proof of Concept studies, including overseeing contracts with relevant parties 
  • Budget management and maintenance of monitoring and reporting tools.
  • Arranging and hosting events and activities, including internal governance meetings, online webinars, hybrid workshops and conferences
  • Identifying and disseminating funding opportunities for the SFN and its members
  • Maintaining and updating the project web pages, social media presence and internal communications.
  • Monitoring and reporting overall project progress against the description in the funded proposal, planning the work programme to ensure that milestones and deliverables are met.
  • We will add the University’s Equality and Diversity statement to all advertisements:

Interview date: To be confirmed

For informal enquiries: Please contact Professor Sonal Choudhary at

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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