ERDF Innovation Adviser (Fixed term until June 2019)

The University of Northampton

Location: Partner Organisation

This post is fixed term until June 2019

This is a great opportunity for an experienced Innovation Adviser to make an impact within the local and regional business support landscape. Northampton Enterprise Social Enterprise (NESE) is a Community Interest Company owned by the University of Northampton.

Innovate Northamptonshire is a University led project which is supported through the European Regional Development Fund. The project aims to build an innovation culture in Northamptonshire by giving SMEs the knowledge, skills and support they need to develop new products, services and processes. We will be focusing on key priority sectors for the county:

  • High Performance Technology
  • Agri-tech, including food and drink
  • Creative and cultural
  • Logistics

Working as part of a small highly capable and professional business support team, the successful candidate will be required to support clients to become more innovative in their operations by introducing new processes, products and/or services and to help them address their business needs and/or meet their organisational, developmental and commercial objectives.

The individual should possess a comprehensive and practical understanding of the needs and dynamics of pre-start, new and established SMEs and an in-depth understanding of all the key functions of establishing, managing and operating an enterprise, as well as demonstrable experience of delivery of innovation tools and techniques. Experience of delivering European funded projects (ERDF or ESF) would be a definite advantage.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, collaborative, organised and able to manage time effectively.

Interview Date: TBC

This is an exciting time to join our University as we prepare to relocate to a new state of the art, vibrant, town centre campus in 2018. We are looking to recruit individuals who share our passion for innovation, creativity and social impact and who will play a key role as we realise our ambition of TRANSFORMING LIVES + INSPIRING CHANGE.

We are an AshokaU accredited Changemaker University that believes in providing students and staff with the opportunity to change their world for the better.

All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview.

Please note that the University of Northampton Enterprises Limited are unable to offer sponsorship to work in the UK. We can therefore only accept applications from individuals who are currently eligible to work in the UK.

The University of Northampton as an employer strives to achieve diversity among its staff which reflects the communities it serves.

This post is part funded by European Regional Development Funding

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