UCL Career Frameworks


Enterprise and External Engagement - Grade 7

Example job roles: Senior Technician, Technical Specialist, Technical Manager, Lab Coordinator, Engineer, Project Manager

Level: Independent 


Activities and responsibilities likely to be required when working at this level

Health & Safety responsibilities

  • By developing procedures and protocols, establish and maintain a safe/compliant working environment
  • Assist with the completion and updating of a wide range of safety paperwork (in some areas Technical staff my lead on this activity)
  • Complete accident reporting and assist with investigations

Core responsibilities

  • Provide management, motivation, and support to a technical team of broad remit
  • Schedule, prioritise and monitor work and performance in line with demands and deadlines
  • Assist with recruitment of technical staff
  • Hold delegated responsibility from the senior lead for the planning, operation and supervision of a variety of laboratory spaces
  • Organise and facilitate progress and management meetings
  • Be a key contributor to service development, delivery and planning
  • Contribute to and support change
  • Oversee local record keeping, inventory and asset management 
  • Manage one or more budgets monitoring resource usage 
  • Produce quotations for external services or consultancy charges 
  • Produce project brief/specifications in line with current sector standards
  • Source and negotiate with suppliers for a range of items including specialist parts/equipment
  • Create, update and implement procedures to deliver an aligned, efficient and effective service 
  • Provide a broad range of skilled advice on the area of expertise, to external stakeholders
  • Support taught external facing course projects by delivering skilled technical support
  • Prepare and manufacture a range of specimens/samples/parts/procedures with limited direction
  • Manage local security and access control arrangements
  • Design, develop and deliver inductions, demonstrations and training covering a broad range of activities (not limited to techniques and equipment) 
  • Assist managers with the identification of training and development needs
  • Develop a broad knowledge and skills base, sharing with others
  • Mentor junior staff 
  • Liaise with external bodies on a regular basis including other professional stakeholders, clients, professional bodies, etc.
  • Collaborate with suppliers and manufacturers to publish technical notes and case studies directly related to areas of expertise
  • Collaborate with external academics and industry partners to plan and execute work packages directly related to areas of expertise
  • Contribute and lead on the publication of reports and papers 
  • Plan and/or participate on public engagement events


Personal and professional development

Development options to consider when working towards this level

Learning on the job

  • Establish relationships with external suppliers
  • Express an interest in research and publications
  • Support staff within different areas of Enterprise and External Engagement Undertake public speaking and presenting
  • Build greater sector/commercial awareness

Learning from others  

  • Work shadow senior members of the team at meetings and areas of responsibility
  • Participate in working groups, special interest groups and attend conferences

Formal learning

  • Accreditation/certification from a recognised Professional body 
  • Chartership 
  • Finance/budget training
  • Project and programme management training
  • UCL Leadership and/or Management training 
  • Line Management training
  • Apply for training through a mid-career apprenticeship programme

Transferable skills and competencies

UCL uses the Universal Competency Framework (UCF) to discuss transferable skills. Find out more details on the framework.

Applying expertise and technology

  • Applying technical expertise
  • Building technical expertise
  • Sharing expertise
  • Using technology resources
  • Demonstrating physical and manual skills
  • Demonstrating cross-functional awareness
  • Demonstrating spatial awareness

Presenting and communicating information

  • Speaking fluently
  • Explaining concepts and opinions
  • Articulating key points of an argument. Presenting and public speaking
  • Projecting credibility
  • Responding to an audience


  • Analysing and evaluating information
  • Testing assumptions and investigating
  • Producing solutions
  • Making judgements
  • Demonstrating systems thinking

UCL Ways of Working

These describe expected behaviours in line with UCL culture and values.  For Ways of Working indicators and steps to development please refer to the Ways of Working website

4 January 2024

Career Pathway roles are indicative and are not intended to be a description of the role in terms of responsibilty and duties.