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EEN Innovation Adviser

Location: Peripatetic role with regional travel

Posted on: 05/08/2019

About the role

As an EEN Innovation Adviser, you will provide innovation advice, support to a portfolio of SME clients, to make a significant contribution to the development of competitiveness of East of England businesses. You will be delivering tailored support to clients, providing an account management function to enhance the innovation management capacity of SMEs.

In particular, you will:

  • Use holistic analysis tools to review and diagnose client needs and provide tailored support to address needs including acting as a strategic coach and mentor to clients to develop their innovation management capacity;
  • Account manage a portfolio of clients and deliver the Innovate 2 Succeed (I2S) services to these and other clients as required;
  • Provide advice on suitability of and support for applications to European and UK funding programmes for innovation such as Innovate UK competitions & Horizon 2020 (H2020);
  • Provide information and guidance on intellectual property matters, signposting or referring to professional support as required;
  • Support clients to engage in EEN partnering services through the preparation and publication of partnering profiles and through supporting clients to participate in missions and brokerage events.

About you

You will have good communication and interpersonal skills and already have significant business experience at a senior level and have experience in commercialising ideas include accessing finance and establishing sales channels. In addition, you will have:

  • Experience of assessing risk through analysis of business plans, financial accounts, and other supporting information;  
  • Knowledge of strategy tools- such as SWOT/PESTLE/VPC/BMC;
  • Experience of and ability to interpret outputs of business diagnostic and benchmarking tools to develop/implement action plans;
  • Broad understanding of IPR, IP valuation, partnering agreement types (licensing, confidentiality agreements, etc.) understanding of background and foreground IP, freedom to operate, IP commercialisation strategies;
  • Expertise in business needs analysis, action planning and account management ;
  • Broad understanding of business finance, access to finance (pitch training, review of pitch deck/financial models, assessment of different financial vehicles);
  • Influencing skills and personal drive to achieve the best outcome for clients.

What do we offer?

What we offer

  • The salary of up to £40,179 for the right candidate
  • Part-time working options
  • Car allowance
  • A generous 10.5% non-contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance and ill-health income protection
  • 26 days holiday (rising to 28 after 2 years’ service)
  • Free car parking onsite
  • A flexible and supportive working culture
  • A modern, open space and technology enabled working environment
  • Wellbeing programme for employees
  • A range of flexible benefits including holiday-buy scheme, eye care vouchers, annual flu vaccination, Uno buses discount, discounted gym membership (Hatfield) 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 you must be 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.

If you like the idea of joining us in this important, busy role and would like to be a vital member of our EEN Team, then we'd love to hear from you!

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