Innovation Managers

North East

Circa £40,000 per year, plus pension.

12–18 month fixed term contracts available

At Innovation SuperNetwork, we’re on a mission to make the North East Region a driving force in successful innovation, and we’re often on the lookout for people who can work directly with innovative small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to:

  1. Define feasible plans to bring their new products and services to market, more quickly than they would under their own steam;
  2. Ensure they’re adopting good innovation practices, especially when engaging with large corporate customers in key market sectors;
  3. Learn from other leading innovators, in and outside of their sector;
  4. Get them ready to secure the next stage of innovation finance needed to accelerate their growth.

We are looking for experienced business support managers to join our team with a good appreciation of proven innovation practices combined with relevant business career experience in key clusters such as Digital and New Product Development. Success in this role will require high autonomy, excellent stakeholder engagement skills and a desire to see the region thrive through applied innovation that delivers positive economic and social impact.

A significant part of our work is in connecting innovative businesses with suitable large organisations who can help to accelerate new products and service, and in some cases to help them source finance for elements of their development.

The role is high-profile, externally-focused and with the potential to have a huge impact on our region.

The ideal team members will have experience in working with innovative corporate scale and SME enterprises, across public, private, academic and social sectors. Excellent communication and facilitation skills, both on a one-to-one basis and in front of an audience, are crucial to the role, which will focus on building networks and connecting people. You will need to be motivated, self-organised and love working with people to make this work.

The salary level for the role is £40,000 plus pension. We are a flexible first employer and happy to receive applications from people who may wish to work on a part-time or job-share basis. We anticipate that a minimum viable working pattern would equate to at least 2.5 days per week.

If this opportunity is for you, the first step is to email your CV with a covering note stating why you are drawn to the role, to