Salary: £41,212 to £47,722 per annum Fixed Term | 3 Years
Closing Date: Thursday, 17 May 2018
The Innovation Manager will travel across the Humber region to engage SMEs, support project planning and development and to evaluate outcomes. Acting as key account managers, the post holders will help businesses to secure direct support through the AIC and broker assistance from across the innovation eco-system where appropriate.
Details Specific to the Post
1 Background and Context
The University of Hull is securing its position as a leader in low carbon innovation and offshore wind through the collaborative development of Aura: a multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder initiative bringing together UK expertise in engineering, and physical, environmental and social sciences to establish a global centre of industrial and academic excellence in renewable energy. Aura will include dedicated new facilities in the Humber – The Aura Innovation Centre (AIC) - at the geographical heart of an active, diverse and growing low carbon supply chain and located at the Humber Bridgehead Business Park.
The University of Hull is establishing an operational delivery Team (the AIC Team) to manage and deliver a 3-year initiative, which will target SMEs in the offshore wind and low carbon sectors to improve their productivity and enhance their competitiveness through product and process innovation. This activity will take place across the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (Humber LEP) area.
The AIC Team is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme for England 2014-2020. Initially, the team will operate from the University of Hull. In due course it will relocate to the Aura Innovation Centre, which is expected to be fully operational before the end of 2019 and is also ERDF funded.
The post holders will work to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of the projects’ outputs and targets. This is one of two AIC Innovation Manager posts, who will work within the project team comprising: the AIC Programme Manager, two Innovation Managers, one Finance and Audit Officer and one part time (0.5 FTE) Marketing & Communications Manager.
The post holders will be the main point of contact for SMEs to engage with the Aura Innovation Centre and the wider University and other relevant agencies. The role will require the candidate to act proactively to secure collaborative partnerships and to identify new areas of product innovation. Additionally, the post holder will personally provide expertise to regional companies in the development, financing, implementation and exploitation of their R&D activities in the renewables and low carbon sector.
The AIC Innovation Managers will report to the AIC Programme Manager. The AIC Team will operate independently but will co-ordinate with the academic faculties within the University, who will be delivering innovation support to SMEs. There will also be close co-operative working with other innovation professionals operating in the region to ensure alignment and integration of activity. The particular focus of the role will require the post-holder to have in-depth and specialist knowledge of the low carbon / offshore wind sectors as well as a network of relevant contacts (both public and private) upon which to draw.
2 Specific Duties and Responsibilities of the post
The AIC Innovation Managers will work across the Humber LEP geography, engaging directly with SMEs and ensuring the provision of an effective business-facing service meeting ERDF contract requirements.
Responsibilities will include:
3 Generic responsibilities
Role holders will:
Main work activities will include:
Liaison and Networking
Planning and Organisation
Additionally the post holder will be required to: