Vacancy details

EEN Innovation Contracts & Operations Manager

Location: Peripatetic (East of England area)

Posted on: 05/10/2020

Do you have experience in leading teams to manage the financial, output monitoring and evaluation aspects of EU projects and grant funding claims?

Do you have experience developing new systems and processes and leading MI reporting, claims and service delivery functions across several large contracts?

Are you able to represent Exemplas effectively in contract/performance review meetings and audits with key fundholders including Government Departments?

If you’ve answered “yes” to these questions the role of EEN Innovation Contracts & Operations Manager could be for you!

About the role

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) provides advice, information and tailored support to ambitious SMEs that are looking to grow their business through innovation and internationalisation.

As part of the EEN Senior Management Team, the role will take responsibility for the development and operation of systems and processes to support efficient delivery across all KPIs and to enable the effective management of the team in order to ensure that all operational and compliance conditions for each contract are met.

In this role you will;

  • Lead and manage an operations and support team, covering all aspects of people management activities;
  • Lead and negotiate on operational and management aspects of the service with senior civil servants in Government Departments, together with senior management in stakeholder organisations;
  • Work closely with finance/legal on arrangements for audit and contract approval to ensure that targets across the directorate are met while maximising the drawdown of available funding;
  • Build working relationships with Innovate UK managers and staff, EASME and EEN delivery partners to effectively represent Exemplas at external meetings and forums.

About you

You will have a sound knowledge of contract and project management, as well as experience of successfully  building teams and managing staff, providing real leadership to deliver on KPIs.   

You will also;

  • Have successfully worked with, managed and negotiated with Government Departments, civil servants and senior management in other organisations in previous roles;
  • Have demonstrable experience of managing the financial, output monitoring and evaluation aspects of EU projects and grant funding claims;
  • Have successfully developed, pursued and bid for new contract service opportunities before;
  • Have demonstrable experience of working with databases especially setting up and preparing reports and knowledge of reporting functions;
  • Have a detailed understanding of European funding requirements.

We are looking for an effective negotiator and leader, able to work with partners to find mutually beneficial solutions, and a highly organised team player with the ability to prioritise own and team’s workload to meet deadlines. You will be competent at handling and manipulating data (financial, performance and output) and an experienced user of MS Office with intermediate to advanced Excel skills.

What do we offer?

What we offer

This is a peripatetic role and will involve some travel, mainly across the East of England for events, workshop and meetings as well as regular visits to our office in Hatfield.  Please note we are currently working remotely due to Covid-19. 

  • The salary of £50,000-£53,000 per annum for the right candidate
  • Car allowance
  • 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)
  • Ill-health income protection (conditional upon meeting the scheme rules)
  • Life assurance (Death in Service) scheme underwritten under the pension scheme regulations (conditional upon meeting the scheme rules)
  • 26 days holiday (rising to 28 after 2 years’ service, pro rata for part time)
  • Free car parking onsite
  • 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, annual flu vaccination, Uno buses discount (Hatfield only), discounted gym membership (Hatfield only) 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

Exemplas is 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.

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