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Analyst – Smart Specialisation
Location:
Home or office-based working with some UK travel expected. KTN have offices in London and Edinburgh.
Salary:
Business Support Manager level 2. Salary: £29,361 to £34,500pa
Posted:
8 days ago
Applications close:
31 August 2018

Background:

Place-based innovation is of growing importance in the UK.  As a key part of the Industrial Strategy, ‘ideas’ (or innovation) are part of how the UK is to address the need for better jobs, higher productivity and greater economic growth. Further, the Industrial Strategy, alongside devolution, metro mayors, Science and Innovation Audits, ‘rebalancing’ and ‘the economy that works for all’ have brought the issue of Places into national focus.

Innovate UK and KTN have an evolving and growing focus on Place. The Smart Specialisation Hub is managed by KTN in cooperation with NCUB with the purpose to support and improve local and national understanding of innovation capabilities. The Hub’s remit is to surface place-based data, insights and interventions in order to support local actors as they identify their innovation activities and align them with national policy.

The Hub plays an important role alongside Innovate UK’s regional team in supporting Science and Innovation Audits and the emerging Local Industrial Strategies supporting evidence use and encouraging evidence-based decision-making.

Job Purpose:

●      To support the delivery of the analytical programme of the Smart Specialisation Hub

●      To improve the understanding of place-based innovation, innovation processes and capabilities – including sectors

●      To deliver data and services to track and improve innovation investment performance

●      To develop own external relationships with relevant stakeholders to maximise opportunities to the KTN and the Smart Specialisation Hub.

●      To help surface data to improve the understanding of national and local innovation capabilities and assess comparative capability

Reporting to:  Director Smart Specialisation Hub – Head of Place

Scope:  Analysis Support for Place-based Innovation and Effectiveness

The role fits within the Innovation and Effectiveness directorate and encompasses aspects of research and analysis of innovation and policy with a specific focus on place-based analysis.  The role will include partnering with outside organisations and collating external research.  The role involves evaluation of external practice and data, including for enabling the comparison or benchmarking of LEPs (and other geographies) against other innovation actors.  It also seeks to build analytical capability in support of external innovation processes and policy, be that through KTN projects (as in Smart Specialisation) or in response to requests from the Executive team. The role will include building relationships with peers in other organisations around the country.

Key accountabilities:

●      Support Smart Specialisation Hub, KTN and Innovate UK place-based delivery plans

●      Building an in-house analytical capability which supports Smart Specialisation Hub and KTN ambition to be a central point for understanding of place-based innovation

●      Building and maintaining a network of relevant external contacts who deliver to place-based data / analysis, innovation research and policy

●      Supporting Smart Specialisation Hub and KTN projects which deliver on innovation understanding, processes and practice

●      Reporting and KPIs as required

 

Job responsibilities

●       To support key KTN projects that address innovation capabilities, in particular Smart Specialisation Hub

●       To maintain and expand the Smart Specialisation Hub comparative mapping of UK innovation activities

●       To help design parameters to measure innovation capabilities, and curate measurement of these

●       To collate and synthesis innovation and other relevant analysis from external bodies

●       To build and maintain a strong relationship with counterparts in relevant innovation stakeholders

●       To support the Head of Place and Hub Director in assessing effectiveness of local innovation interventions

 

For a full job description, please click here. Please send your CV and covering letter to hr@openktn.co.uk by Friday 31st August 2018.

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Knowledge Transfer Manager – Materials Chemistry
Location:
Home or office based working with significant UK travel
Salary:
£37,000 to £41,000pa depending on experience.
Posted:
22 days ago
Applications close:
17 August 2018

Job Purpose:
To deliver knowledge transfer and other activities aimed at stimulating innovation in specific sectors, technologies or cross-cutting themes with potential to grow the UK economy.

Scope:  Chemistry relevant to materials and formulated products.

The role will provide technical capability relevant to various products downstream of the chemicals sector; this includes but is not limited to personal care products, paints, composite materials and materials for energy storage and generation.  The role will require achievement of KTN KPIs with particular attention to business interaction, Innovate UK support and engagement with relevant Research Councils and universities conducting research in the development of complex materials using chemicals.

Reporting to:        Senior Manager

Grade:                      Knowledge Transfer Manager Level 2

Salary:                     £37,000 to £41,000pa depending on experience.

Location:                Home or office based working with significant UK travel

Key accountabilities:

  • Support KTN and Innovate UK delivery plans
  • Build and maintain communities, in order to develop a good understanding of the innovation landscape in the area
  • Company engagement, from within the KTN target list and beyond
  • Manage specific projects, including cross cutting projects and Special Interest Groups
  • Facilitate networking across communities
  • Regular reporting and achieve KPIs (business interaction and new collaborations)

Job responsibilities

  • To lead and participate in specific tasks which relate to the application of chemicals and chemistry in downstream sectors
  • To develop and maintain knowledge of high growth potential businesses in or able to exploit raw materials
  •  To directly engage with businesses providing support through access to funding, making new connections and collaborations including the UK’s research and innovation assets
  • To track progress of businesses to determine outcomes resulting from KTN interventions, seeking case studies and metrics (KPI) capture
  • To maintain a strong relationship with relevant counterparts in Innovate UK, Research Councils and other relevant stakeholders
  • To plan and deliver dissemination, scoping and networking meetings, encouraging cross-community involvement where possible
  • To seek opportunities for KTN with potential for new revenue
  • To contribute to KTN wide communications (e.g. yammer) and projects, helping colleagues as required

Experience and qualifications

  • Degree qualified or higher (or equivalent) and with industrial or post-graduate research experience
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more areas where chemicals are used to produce products with specific properties and effects
  • Demonstrated experience in stakeholder engagement, with good external profile
  • Awareness of knowledge transfer or business development processes.

For a full job description, please click here. Please send your CV and covering letter to hr@openktn.co.uk by 17th August 2018.

If you would like to discuss specific aspects of the role, please email Steve Fletcher, Head of Chemistry & Industrial Biotechnology: steve.fletcher@ktn-uk.org

Applicants must have the existing and ongoing right to work in the UK as sponsorship is not provided.

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Business Growth Support Manager
Location:
Home or office based in London, with significant UK and some overseas travel expected.
Salary:
£29,361 to £38,633 depending on experience
Posted:
a month ago
Applications close:
10 August 2018

A new support manager role with an exciting opportunity to help implement the KTN’s strategic business growth as the UK’s national innovation network. The KTN is at the heart of supporting the ambition of government and businesses in strengthening the economy through capturing increased UK value from research and innovation.

Reporting to: Head of International and Development

Grade: Business Support Manager Level 2 or 3 – £29,361 to £38,633 depending on experience. Due to the nature of this role, we are only able to consider applications for full time working.

Location: Home or office based in London, with significant UK and some overseas travel expected.

Scope: KTN’s business growth plan to expand strategically as an effective innovation organisation supporting UK government departments and businesses through establishing new programmes, partnerships and additional income opportunities which are aligned and complementary to the KTN’s core values and objectives.

The role will be based in the KTN Development and International team with the two key functions of:

1)    Undertaking strategic analyses of new growth opportunities that support the development of business strategies to expand the KTN. This will be consistent with its core values and objectives as an impartial and trusted innovation network organisation.

2)    Support the effective implementation of the business growth plan across the KTN to achieve its additional income target. This will include new business development initiatives, client engagement, bidding processes and tools, marketing and support to additional income projects as required.

The job holder will be required to demonstrate skills in building market intelligence/study and experience in supporting business development initiatives, bid/proposal development and related contracts management, especially gained in large contracts from Government and Government Agencies.

Market/business development acumen, stakeholder engagement aptitude, team working, time management and written skills will be essential for success in this role.

Key accountabilities:

  • An integral member of the Development and International Team actively supporting the delivery of the KTN development plan to meet its immediate and long-term growth ambition in income and size of organisation and impacts to the UK economy.
  • Generate attributable personal and team contributions to an increase in new KTN income opportunities from government agencies or suitable organisations in the UK.
  • Support and undertake effective business development engagements with existing and new stakeholders and clients that result in new growth income for the KTN.
  • Support the development and implementation of a more robust and bidding/tendering process that increases the success rate of securing additional income for the KTN, leading assigned tasks where required.
  • Delivery of KTN’s growth income targets, KPIs and CRM contents.

Job responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of International & Development and working closely with the Business Growth Manager, the job holder will be expected to take on the following responsibilities:

  • Proactively contribute to the development of business strategies for the long-term growth of the KTN in the UK and internationally.
  • The KTN has set an ambition of steadily incrementing its annual additional income to reach £5m in FY21/22. The job holder will help to ensure this objective is achieved by effectively supporting and coordinating day-to-day business development, tendering/bidding and related activities across the KTN.
  • Working with colleagues across sector teams to help identify, prioritise and respond to new income growth opportunities aligned to KTN core values. This may also include desk research such as scanning for, researching and developing opportunities.
  • To help strengthen the bidding and tendering process in KTN. This may involve helping to embed new business processes and tools across the organisation that remain fit for purpose in a fast-changing environment.
  • To support effective business development engagements with external stakeholders key to the KTN expansion, facilitating such communications across KTN teams as required.
  • To support the successful delivery of the KTN project portfolio, including contracts, budgetary and project management support where required.

 

For a full job description, please click here.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to hr@openktn.co.uk by Friday 10th August 2018.

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Knowledge Transfer Manager - Manufacturing
Location:
Home or office based working with significant UK travel and occasional international travel expected. (KTN have offices in London and Edinburgh)
Salary:
Knowledge Transfer Manager Level 1 or 2 - £30,907 to £48,937 (depending on experience)
Posted:
a month ago
Applications close:
31 August 2018

Please note that we have two open posts in Manufacturing at the moment – this one is level 1 or 2, and there is another post based in North West England which is Level 1. You may apply for one or both jobs. 

Job Purpose: To grow the UK economy through a programme of networking activities which accelerates the delivery of innovation in the UK manufacturing sector.

Reporting to: Head of Manufacturing

Grade: Knowledge Transfer Manager Level 1 or 2 –  £30,907 to £48,937 (depending on experience)

Location: Home or office based working with significant UK travel and occasional international travel expected. (KTN have offices in London and Edinburgh)

Scope: KTN’s projects requiring manufacturing expertise including income growth activities.

The role will be based in the KTN Manufacturing team and will work with all teams across KTN to provide KTN expertise in manufacturing activities which improve UK manufacturing competitiveness. This will include working with colleagues and members of the KTN network to accelerate the delivery of UK innovation across a wide range of industrial sectors. There will be a particular emphasis on innovative digital technologies for manufacturing process development. The job holder will also be required to provide guidance on product development for manufacture.

Key accountabilities:

  • Support to KTN and Innovate UK/UKRI delivery plans.
  • The needs and capabilities of manufacturing companies identified and recorded on the CRM and solutions developed for industry working with the KTN network.
  • Leading on the delivery of workshops to address complex industrial challenges with attendance from senior members of staff from UK business and research organisations.
  • The areas of interest and challenges of manufacturing businesses identified, and knowledge transfer activities defined which are required to address those challenges.
  • Delivery of KTN reports and KPIs.
  • Growing the network of stakeholders which recognise the paid service delivery capability of KTN.

Job responsibilities

  • To lead and be a team member in specific tasks which exploit digital technologies in manufacturing.
  • To develop and maintain knowledge of high growth potential businesses in manufacturing.
  • To directly engage with businesses providing support through knowledge transfer, making relevant new connections, facilitating collaborations and mentoring applications for funding.
  • To engage businesses with the UK research and innovation assets.
  • To track progress of businesses to determine outcomes resulting from KTN interventions, seeking case studies and metrics (KPI) capture.
  • To maintain a strong relationship with relevant counterparts in Innovate UK, UKRI and other relevant stakeholders.
  • To plan and deliver dissemination, scoping and networking meetings, encouraging cross-sector involvement where possible.
  • To seek opportunities for KTN, with potential for new revenue.
  • To contribute to KTN wide communications and projects, helping colleagues as required.
  • To support KPI delivery and provide regular reporting of activity and outcomes.

Experience and qualifications

  • Degree qualified with a relevant technical degree or equivalent with industrial or post graduate research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in manufacturing innovation development and implementation.
  • Thorough understanding of the manufacturing industry and good personal connections to senior figures in a range of companies.
  • Experience of working in projects to deliver innovation in a commercial environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in stakeholder engagement, with a good profile and personal network in the innovation landscape.
  • Awareness of the requirements, rights and obligations of grant funding is advantageous but not essential.

For a full job description, please click here.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to hr@openktn.co.uk by Friday 31st August 2018.

Applicants must have the existing and ongoing right to work in the UK as sponsorship is not provided.

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Knowledge Transfer Manager – Manufacturing (North West England)
Location:
Due to particular opportunities, this role will be located mainly in the North West of England. The role is home based with significant UK travel and occasional international travel expected.
Salary:
Knowledge Transfer Manager Level 1, salary £30,907 to £38,634 (depending on experience)
Posted:
a month ago
Applications close:
31 August 2018

Please note that we have two open posts in Manufacturing at the moment – this one is based in North West England and at Level 1, and another covers a broader area and is at level 1 or 2 depending on experience. You may apply for one or both jobs. 

Job Purpose: To grow the UK economy through a programme of networking activities which accelerates the delivery of innovation in the UK manufacturing sector.

Reporting to: Head of Manufacturing

Grade: Knowledge Transfer Manager Level 1, salary £30,907 to £38,634 (depending on experience)

Location: Due to particular opportunities, this role will be located mainly in the North West of England. The role is home based with significant UK travel and occasional international travel expected.

Scope: KTN’s projects requiring manufacturing expertise including income growth activities.

The role will be based in the KTN Manufacturing team and will work with all teams across KTN to provide KTN expertise in manufacturing activities which improve UK manufacturing competitiveness. This will include working with colleagues and members of the KTN network to accelerate the delivery of UK innovation across a wide range of industrial sectors. There will be a particular emphasis on innovative digital technologies for manufacturing process development. The job holder will also be required to provide guidance on product development for manufacture.

Key accountabilities:

  • Support to KTN and Innovate UK/UKRI delivery plans.
  • The needs and capabilities of manufacturing companies identified and recorded on the CRM and solutions developed for industry working with the KTN network.
  • Delivery of workshops to address complex industrial challenges with attendance from senior members of staff from UK business and research organisations.
  • The areas of interest and challenges of manufacturing businesses identified, and knowledge transfer activities defined which are required to address those challenges.
  • Delivery of KTN reports and KPIs.
  • Growing the network of stakeholders which recognise the paid service delivery capability of KTN.

Job responsibilities

  • To lead and be a team member in specific tasks which exploit digital technologies in manufacturing.
  • To develop and maintain knowledge of high growth potential businesses in manufacturing.
  • To directly engage with businesses providing support through knowledge transfer, making relevant new connections, facilitating collaborations and mentoring applications for funding.
  • To engage businesses with the UK research and innovation assets.
  • To track progress of businesses to determine outcomes resulting from KTN interventions, seeking case studies and metrics (KPI) capture.
  • To maintain a strong relationship with relevant counterparts in Innovate UK, UKRI and other relevant stakeholders.
  • To help plan and deliver dissemination, scoping and networking meetings, encouraging cross-sector involvement where possible.
  • To seek opportunities for KTN, with potential for new revenue.
  • To contribute to KTN wide communications and projects, helping colleagues as required.
  • To support KPI delivery and provide regular reporting of activity and outcomes.

Experience and qualifications

  • Degree qualified with a relevant technical degree or equivalent with industrial or post graduate research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in manufacturing innovation development and implementation.
  • Good understanding of the manufacturing industry and personal connections to senior figures in a range of companies.
  • Experience of working in projects to deliver innovation in a commercial environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in stakeholder engagement.
  • Awareness of the requirements, rights and obligations of grant funding is advantageous but not essential.

 

For a full job description, please click here.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to hr@openktn.co.uk by Friday 31st August 2018.

Applicants must have the existing and ongoing right to work in the UK as sponsorship is not provided.

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Events Coordinator (Six month secondment)
Location:
Edinburgh or London
Salary:
tbc
Posted:
2 months ago
Applications close:
31 July 2018

Events Coordinator (Six month secondment)

Job Purpose:
To deliver events in order to facilitate collaboration and knowledge transfer for the benefit of the UK economy. The role will provide a service to directorates, working with Events Managers to deliver a programme of virtual and physical events to achieve identified objectives.

Reporting to: Head of Events

Scope:

The role will have the flexibility to work across all directorates and on KTN events as needed. The role will deliver events to meet the identified objectives working with Events Managers to identify innovation and implement best practice to ensure consistent quality and cost effectiveness.

Location:

London or Edinburgh office based working with considerable UK travel expected

For the full job description please click here.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to hr@openktn.co.uk

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