Vacancy details

Innovation and Growth Specialist

Location: Peripatetic (East of England area)

Posted on: 15/04/2021

Do you want to work with the most ambitious, high-growth innovative SMEs businesses?

Do you want to work with these businesses to develop their long-term growth, innovation and commercialisation plans?

Do you have credible experience at a senior level within an innovative growing business and/or setting up your own high growth innovative business?

If you’ve answered yes to these questions the role of Innovation & Growth Specialist could be for you!

Working with Exemplas to deliver the Innovate UK EDGE service, you will act as a strategic coach and mentor to businesses to help them with innovative growth solutions to survive the immediate Covid-19 crisis and to ensure they are ready for growth as conditions and markets recover.

About the role

In this role you will deliver the Innovate UK EDGE service to provide innovation and business advice to a portfolio of SME clients.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Acting as a strategic coach and mentor to SME clients to support them in developing their own long-term growth and innovation commercialisation plans;
  • Providing an account management function for the delivery of business support services to enable SME clients to enhance their innovation management capacity;
  • Using holistic analysis tools to review client needs and provide tailored coaching and mentoring support, including advice on suitability of funding and support services from Innovate UK and other business support providers;
  • Focusing on supporting the most ambitious, high-growth potential innovative SMEs to benefit from national and global opportunities;
  • Providing information and guidance on intellectual property matters, signposting or referring to professional support as required

About you

We are looking for someone with business experience at a senior level and/or experience of setting up and running their own high growth business, who has strategic and management or consultancy experience in the commercialising of ideas, including IP, access to finance and establishing sales channels.

You will need to demonstrate experience or knowledge of:

  • Assessing risk through analysis of business plans, financial accounts and other supporting information;  
  • Interpreting outputs of business diagnostic and benchmarking tools to develop action plans;
  • Understanding of IPR and IP commercialisation strategies together with an understanding of business finance and access to finance;
  • Critical appraisal of bids for innovation funding;
  • Understanding of the business support landscape together with funding and support available through Innovate UK.

What do we offer?

This is a full-time role on a fixed term contract until 31 March 2022, with the potential to extend beyond this. 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 of England and occasionally to our Hatfield office when required, once restrictions are lifted.

  • The salary of up to £43,860 for the right candidate;
  • 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;
  • 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 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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Peripatetic (East of England area and/or East Midlands)

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