Group Manager, Circular Economy - Materials Processing Institute, Middlesbrough

Job description

Group Manager, Circular Economy

The vision of the Materials Processing Institute is to be the globally recognised centre for the innovation, development and commercialisation of technology for the challenges of advanced materials, low carbon energy and the circular economy. This is to be delivered by expertise in materials science and advanced processing, using the latest digital technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Following the award of over £25M funding to the Institute over the next 5 years to implement this vision, the Institute seeks a technology manager experienced in realising the circular economy in the metals sector to drive forward the further development of the Institute's circular economy strategy and the Circular Economy group that will deliver the strategy. The successful candidate will report to the Director Operations.

The Institute will support the development of sustainable, secure and ethical metal and alloy supply chains for manufacturers, including:

  • Supporting metal and alloy producers to minimise resource requirements and environmental impact, and maximise symbiosis with other industries
  • Acknowledging the international supply challenge of critical raw materials, for the future economy, such as graphite, lithium and cobalt, develop, scale up and commercialise technologies for the extraction and recycling of these materials within the UK.
  • Support industrial land reclamation, recovering both valuable materials and usable land, including the development of associated metallurgical processes

The Circular Economy group is currently about eight people, but needs to grow to implement the strategy, developing both technical and business expertise in metals processing and reprocessing, delivering about £2M profitable business p.a.


Key Accountabilities

As well as managing and developing the people in the group, the key accountabilities of this role are:

  • The development of the strategy in the field of the circular economy for the metals sector for proposal to the director operations, and generating funding to implement it
  • The definition, realisation and continuous improvement of the facilities needed to deliver the strategy.
  • The definition and development of the core skills needed to deliver the strategy.
  • The development of services and products to enable the metals sector to address the current and anticipated metals needs of society sustainably, ethically and securely.
  • The development of a marketing plan for the Institute in this field, including generation of suitable marketing material and effective use of appropriate marketing channels
  • The generation and management of a growing portfolio of projects with a mix of grant and commercial funding, to meet agreed targets for profitability and sustainable growth.


Key Skills and Experience

  • Entrepreneurial acumen
  • Extensive understanding of circular economy principles and the challenges to its realisation in the metals sector.
  • Knowledge of processes, products and by-products, challenges and opportunities in the metals sector.
  • Experience of managing the generation and delivery of business in technology innovation.
  • Experience of income generation from grant funding and commercial clients.
  • Experience of developing and implementing technology strategy
  • Demonstrated commitment to health and safety, and personal development in themselves and their teams.



Understanding of other foundation industries and the realisation of the circular economy within them


Application Process

Applications should be submitted to Mrs Carol Patton, Director, Business Services and include a CV.

To discuss this role prior to an application, please contact

Carol Patton on 01642 382003, email


Dr Gerard Stephens (Director Operations) on 01642 382056, email


This position is potentially suitable for flexible and/or part time working.

A full job description is available on request.


Closing date: 19th July 2020.


Materials Processing Institute
Eston Road
United Kingdom