Innovation Manager

Working across North East England

Full time, with part time and flexible working options possible

Fixed-term contract to March 2021, with possibility to extend

£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.

The programme is expanding to include support delivered through cluster organisations and business groups, ensuring that innovation support is available to a much wider range of businesses than can currently access it. In addition, we are working closely with partners on increasing the level of support available in the region for open and collaborative innovation projects. Innovation Managers are the main resource for delivering these activities. Whilst we have recently recruited a number of new Innovation Managers, new projects mean that we need at least one more to add to the team.

Our ideal candidate

The ideal person will be a confident communicator with considerable stakeholder engagement and management experience.  They will have a track record of working with organisations in both the public and private sector and be confident establishing relationships with large corporate organisations and small businesses. The ideal candidate will be experienced in working with industry networks or cluster groups, determining sector needs, identifying shared goals and delivering successful projects that meet stakeholder and sector requirements.

Knowledge and understanding of one or more of the North East LEP’s key themes of digital, health, manufacturing or energy would be beneficial but is not an absolute requirement.

The candidate must have a strong understanding of innovation from first-hand experience. They must be able to spot opportunities for projects and be able to function effectively in a fast-moving, multi-stakeholder environment. Strong communication skills are essential and some experience of account management would be useful in working with partner organisations. Knowledge of how innovation projects can be structured and financed is a bonus.

If this opportunity is for you, the first step is to forward your CV to We will be reviewing applications on a monthly basis until all relevant posts are filled.

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