Innovation Delivery Manager


Digital Catapult is seeking to hire a motivated Innovation Delivery Manager to take the ownership of executing innovation and acceleration activities ranging from workshops, masterclasses, and delivering a flexible funding open call programme for the Digital Supply-Chain Innovation Hub. The hub will combine over £20M public and private co-investment over 4 years to accelerate commercial integration of industrial digital technologies by a wide range of UK manufacturing supply-chains. You will be part of a team that helps companies transform around the adoption of advanced digital technology and become more effective in a challenging marketplace.

This is where the Catapult provides key value to the UK economy.The Innovation Delivery Manager will liaise with key internal and external stakeholders to deliver a series of flexible funding open calls and acceleration activities informing the direction and design under the leadership of Innovation Partners and Programme Leads as required. The role would suit someone with some previous experience in delivering and coordinating UK/Europe-based Open Calls to organisations that are seeking project funding, and /or a background in startup acceleration and an interest in expanding their skillset where needed. Some Project management skills are also desirable to the role. Closing date for Applications: 4th February 2022, Anticipated Start date: ASAP

What You’ll Do

  • Manage the scoping, planning, initiation and delivery of the programme’s Innovation and Acceleration Open Calls, taking account of the direction set by the broader team and external advisors
  • Work with our Programme, Marketing, and Policy, Research and Engagement Teams to ensure that open calls are optimised across appropriate channels to the target audiences
  • Monitor KPIs, such as application rates and success rates. Based on the KPIs, take corrective action to enable strong applications while ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in applicants
  • Facilitate the open call process, including the coordination of the evaluation and judging processes
  • Collaboratively plan key acceleration programme activities with relevant Technical, Innovation and Programme Leads
  • Coordinate and manage programme related events, including pitch days and workshops
  • Enthuse and engage the team, escalate any risks, issues and dependencies to Innovation Partners and Programme Leads as required
  • Monitor and report on Open call programme (timelines, budget, issues and risks) and measures of success to Programme Leads

What We’re Looking For

  • Hands-on acceleration and/or light-touch project management experience, especially around planning and managing multiple stakeholders
  • Previous experience of running competitive procurement/tender processes and / or managing open calls is desirable
  • Highly organised, able to look ahead and ensure that interdependent activities are completed to ensure adherence to schedule
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, capable of maintaining strong relationships
  • Proactive and self-confident, adaptable to ambiguity, change and evolving priorities
  • Excellent analytical problem solving and multi-tasking skills, with a creative, optimistic and flexible attitude
  • Strong at presenting, facilitating and managing stakeholder meetings
  • Very collaborative working style, desire and ability to share ideas, and enthuse and engage others

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