Innovation Manager - Environmental Futures & Big Data 'Impact Lab'

University of Exeter - Innovation Impact & Business

This new full-time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis until 30th September 2020.

The appointment is on Scale G, on a scale from GBP 41,709.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. Fifty percent of our organisation is made up of Professional Services support staff that partner closely with the Academic colleges to ensure we achieve our strategy and vision.

Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) brings new focus to partnerships and collaborative working with external, non-university partners and to drive place-based innovation.  Its key aim is to secure significantly greater income and impact from relationships with partners drawing on the University's education, research and physical assets.  This includes curriculum development, skills, placements, research collaboration and commercial partnerships.

We are looking for a dynamic team-player to work with seven partner organisations The University of Exeter, University of Plymouth, Met Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth College of Art, Exeter City Futures and Rothamsted Research) who have come together to create an innovation ecosystem to enable SMEs to develop new products and services in two of our Local Enterprise Partnership's Smart Specialisation sectors - 'Environmental Futures' and 'Big Data Smart'. Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Working closely with the Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab Programme Manager in setting up a co-working space that supports collaboration and creativity.
  • Responsibility for out-reach and marketing; creating high-trust relationships with SMEs; identifying their needs and leveraging the support that they need; developing and reviewing proposals to GBP 1.5m project Challenging Fund; and mentoring SMEs through the customer journeys that you will map out with them.

You will have a track record of innovation management or delivering of business support. You will be well networked, with an appreciation of the business / start-up support landscape and will have significant professional experience within a relevant environment, perhaps gained setting up or growing a small company.  Experience of marketing, writing or supporting others to write grant applications and of working with European Development Funding would be helpful.

The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, an onsite gym, free yoga and pilates, a cycle to work scheme and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter. If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website ( for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.

For further information, please contact Ben Neild, email, or telephone (01392) 724823.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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