Vacancy details

Ecosystem Relationships Adviser

Location: Peripatetic (East Midlands area)

Posted on: 07/06/2021

Do you have significant business experience engaging with innovative, leading-edge, high growth SMEs?

Can you inspire and encourage SMEs to access the support they need to survive and grow as conditions and markets are recovering from the Covid-19 crisis?

If you’ve answered “yes” to these questions the role of Ecosystem Relationships Adviser could be for you!

About the role

The Innovate UK EDGE service provides advice, information and tailored support to ambitious SMEs that are looking to grow their business through innovation and internationalisation.

In this role you will work closely with the Innovate UK family regional colleagues and other business support services and stakeholders in the East Midlands to improve the reach and take-up of services to make a significant contribution to the achievement of the teams KPIs to work with growth capable SMEs.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Engaging with innovative growth businesses in the East Midlands and carrying out initial needs analysis to influence them to access IUK EDGE support;
  • Developing and maintaining relationships that increase the flow of mutually beneficial referrals with the Innovate UK family and other business support services and intermediaries;
  • Actively collaborating with the ecosystem partners in the East Midlands to avoid duplication and to streamline activity to deliver maximum benefit for growing innovative SMEs and raise the profile of IUK EDGE services.

About you

We are looking for someone who has worked within a business support organisation and is highly motivated to identify, develop and maintain significant, high-level mutual value relationships in order to encourage clients to take up Innovate UK EDGE support and services.

You will have:

  • Experience of B2B sales/consultative sales/account management of a service to owners/board/C-suite SME clients;
  • The ability to carry out general business needs assessments and present results to SME owners and Innovate UK EDGE colleagues;
  • Experience of working with databases and maintaining accurate customer information on a CRM system.

In addition, you will need to be able to:

  • Diplomatically, competently and effectively engage and communicate with people at all levels (internally and externally);
  • Present and host at events;
  • Use your influencing skills and personal drive to achieve the best outcome for clients.
  • Be an effective networker;
  • Use own initiative and be self-motivated as well as working well as part of a team;
  • Effectively prioritise multiple demands, make good decisions and act promptly;
  • Use your influencing skills and personal drive to achieve the best outcome for clients.

What do we offer?

This is a full-time role on a fixed term contract until 31 March 2022.  The role is peripatetic and we currently working remotely due to Covid-19 and meeting our clients through video calls. Therefore, we are flexible around where you are based, however you will be required to travel to clients around the East Midlands once restrictions are lifted and occasionally to our Hatfield office.

  • The salary of up to £35,525 for the right candidate (pro rata for part time);
  • Car allowance of £3840 per annum (pro rata for part time);
  • Broadband allowance;
  • A generous, up to 10.5% non-contributory pension scheme (conditional upon being enrolled and remaining in the scheme for the duration of employment);
  • 26 days holiday (rising to 28 after 2 years’ service, pro rata for part time) plus bank holidays;
  • A flexible and supportive working culture including access to mental health first aiders;
  • Wellbeing programme for employees including access to discounts, workshops, health screening, employee assistance programme, Doctorline and more;
  • A modern, open space and technology enabled working environment;
  • A range of flexible benefits including holiday-buy scheme, eye care vouchers and a cycle-to-work scheme.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all and value diversity in our workforce.  If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

About us

We are one of the UK’s foremost business support organisations with approximately 200 employees across a number of locations. For over 25 years, we have provided business advisory services to more than 500,000 small to medium sized businesses on behalf of Government and Private sector organisations. As a business we recognise that giving a superior service to our clients depends on making the most of our people and we aim to give our teams challenging opportunities, recognition for achievement, job enrichment and the maximum flexibility we can.

The fine print

  • Please note we are not a Home Office visa sponsorship licence holder and therefore you must be currently eligible to live and work in the UK to apply for this role.
  • Please read our recruitment privacy notice for information about how we process your personal data.

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