Innovation Manager – Energy and Sustainability

Working across North East England

Full time, with flexible working options available

£40,000 per year plus pension

The Innovation SuperNetwork is a unique regional programme, helping to cultivate a stronger innovation eco-system in the North East of England and support innovative businesses. We work with businesses of all sizes, researchers, investors and public agencies to drive economic growth through innovation. A big part of this is our partnerships with regional clusters focused on healthcare, energy, manufacturing and digital. We’re particularly interested in where organisations in these clusters overlap and can do more through collaboration, hence the need for this new role.

Through an established and successful partnership with the Academic Health Science Network – North East and North Cumbria, we have identified a significant opportunity for innovation around energy, waste and wider sustainability issues faced by NHS trusts. The NHS is the biggest employer in the UK and represents almost 10% of the UK economy, with 1.3 million staff. Operating at this scale means equally large energy and waste requirements. In 2020, NHS England set out the ambitious objective of delivering a ‘net zero’ health service, which will require fundamental change in how energy and waste are managed. NHS trusts in the North East are therefore looking for innovation from regional businesses, leading to adoption of new processes.

The Innovation Manager role will work with NHS trusts to identify where the biggest issues lie and how innovation could lead to positive change. They will then work with regional businesses and social enterprises to develop and implement solutions. The outcome will be a reduced environmental impact from healthcare and a parallel economic impact through growth of local businesses. The role is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

To be successful in this role, you would need to have a good knowledge in the fields of energy management, waste reduction, circular economy systems and wider aspects of sustainability. You would need to be comfortable working with organisations as large as NHS trusts and as small as individual start-up businesses. The ability to engage and excite relevant people about this agenda is crucial, as is the curiosity to delve into the detail of challenges, rather than accept the status quo. A knowledge of healthcare would be helpful but is not a specific requirement. We are particularly interested in talking to people with some knowledge of design thinking, open innovation and lean innovation methodologies.

If this is for you, please send your CV to by Monday 22nd March.

The Innovation SuperNetwork is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. Our aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. In delivering innovation and access to finance programmes, we are also committed against the discrimination of our clients, partners, stakeholders or the public.

In line with our own Diversity in Innovation programme, delivered to support companies in tackling structural bias in their own organisations, we commit to:

  • Ensuring we regularly review our own practice, ensuring unconscious bias does not impact on the company-wide decisions we make.
  • Acknowledging where we can do better, and striving to make a positive change to ensure diverse representation across the company and the programmes we deliver.

We also commit to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces Community.