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Bid Manager

Ixion Innovation - Research and Innovation

Location: Melton Mowbray, Hybrid
Salary: £37,128 to £47,736
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd February 2024
Closes: 8th March 2024
Job Ref: 26473

Ixion Innovation helps Europe’s most dynamic and ambitious businesses to grow through innovation. Your role will be to support businesses and researchers to access the funding they need to take cutting-edge innovations closer to market. You will be part of one of the most successful grant funding teams in Europe, working with clients to secure grants and investments between £250k and £10m.

We are looking for enthusiastic, articulate and capable individuals with strong skills in at least two of the three following areas:

  • Excellent Bid Management skills. Your main role will be to author high quality grant funding bids that will be entering highly competitive funding calls. You will need to be articulate, concise and compelling; creating content that can hook a reader from the first page to the last. You will need to manage a portfolio of bids, liaising with clients, partners and colleagues to meet strict deadlines.
  • A passion for innovation. You should be able to quickly understand different technology areas - our current client portfolio covers topics as diverse as high-speed satellite communications, materials recycling, skills development platforms, novel vehicle powertrains, medical implants and cyber security, to mention just a few. Experience of different technologies and market sectors would be a distinct advantage.
  • An understanding of business and industry. As well as a strong technology focus, you must be able to understand, analyse and communicate the client’s business model. If you have experience of aspects of business such as supply chains, market analysis, business plans, IP management and competitor analysis, you could be the person we’re looking for.

You should also have:

  • The ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal
  • An ability to engage with clients at the most senior level
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Computer literacy, especially MS Office
  • Research skills (e.g. market data, patent searching)

The following skills are desirable, but not essential:

  • Understanding of innovation processes
  • Understanding of grant funding schemes (full training will be given)

You should have at least a first degree or master’s degree in a science, engineering or business-related field.

Essential:

You will have:

  • Degree level qualification in a relevant field or equivalent experience
  • Experience of grant funding, bidding 
  • Experience of R&D/innovation 
  • Good PC skills, especially MS Office 

Employee Benefits

As an employee of Shaw Trust, you will have access to many benefits including 25 days annual leave per year (plus bank holidays), with incremental increases post 3 years’ service up to 28 days, and the option to purchase additional holiday.

Closing date: 8 March 2024.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community including from people with lived experience and/or knowledge of disability or social exclusion.

If you have accessibility requirements and/or would like further information about the role, please contact: Resourcing@shaw-trust.org.uk  

Shaw Trust reserve the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient applications are received.

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