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£35,000 - £42,000 / year

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Knowledge Transfer Manager – European Programmes

Purpose of the Role

The Knowledge Transfer Manager (KTM) – European Programme will support Innovate UK KTN’s programme of European engagement including Horizon Europe with the main emphasis to increase business engagement with appropriate European programmes and ultimately grow UK return on investment.

The role will provide technical and project management capability with a primary focus on the theme of European programmes, across Innovate UK KTN and with four main areas of activity and delivery:

  • Develop a strong understanding of UK capabilities and their requirements of international partners with a view to identifying the most relevant partners (including Innovate UK KTN), to participate in European programmes.
  • Management and delivery of selected projects that are cross-cutting in nature (i.e. span most of Innovate UK KTN activity).
  • Support to UK companies seeking to participate in European programmes, including delivery of themed workshops in partnership with Innovate UK KTN colleagues, relevant National Contact Points and Innovate UK Edge and other key stakeholders.
  • Delivery of Innovate UK KTN KPIs, project reports, proposals and CRM contents.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Support to Innovate UK KTN delivery plans and Global Innovation commitments in its 2025 Strategy.
  • Building and maintaining awareness of European programmes (particularly Horizon Europe) and stakeholders (including European Partnerships and European Technology Platforms where it is in the UK interest).
  • Continue to support UK participation in European programmes, within the spirit of European Commission and UK Government guidance.
  • Delivering Horizon Europe and other EU programme themed workshops to stimulate effective collaborations.
  • To track progress of businesses to determine outcomes resulting from Innovate UK KTN interventions, seeking case studies and metrics (KPI) capture.
  • To seek opportunities for Innovate UK KTN, with potential for new growth opportunities in global innovation.
  • To support KPI delivery and provide regular reporting of activity and outcomes.
  • To lead specific tasks and be an active team member in within the European Programmes team.
  • To manage selected projects that are cross cutting in nature and span much of Innovate UK KTN activity.
  • To deliver themed workshops and webinars which help promote and simplify Horizon Europe and wider European opportunities and stimulate effective collaborations in support of UK businesses (with support of relevant National Contact Points and Innovation Leads).
  • To engage with relevant Innovate UK Edge and internal/external Sector Groups, seeking opportunities to engage their support in Innovate UK KTN directed activity where appropriate.
  • To manage or support specific European programmes, particularly those of a cross cutting nature (manage) or to drive cross cutting capability in an otherwise themed programme (support).
  • To directly engage with businesses, providing thematic support for European programmes including Horizon Europe and signposting to best sources of expertise
  • To support impact analysis of UK participation and outputs of engagement. Track progress of businesses to determine outcomes resulting from Innovate UK KTN interventions, seeking case studies and metrics (KPI) capture.
  • An ability to contribute to wider team activities and priorities as required. To maintain a strong relationship with National Contact Points and Innovation Leads across UKRI Innovate UK.
  • To seek opportunities for Innovate UK KTN and work with colleagues to submit proposals with potential for additional income.
  • To contribute to Innovate UK KTN wide communications and to support KPI delivery and provide regular reporting of activity and outcomes.

Experience & Skills

  • Degree qualified or equivalent with relevant industrial/international research experience and strong ability in written and verbal communication skills.
  • Direct experience in European Programmes, with good understanding of the programme structures, influencing routes and what is required for a winning proposal.
  • Demonstrable experience in delivering results in a fast-paced, multi-stakeholder programme environment across different sectors and international cultures. Ideally with a partial/full Project Management qualification.
  • Strong understanding of the UK and European innovation landscape, ideally cross sectorial, with an acumen or experience in business growth.
  • Strong liaison, networking, diplomacy and negotiation skills. An ability to anticipate stakeholder reactions and communication needs.
  • Experience and aptitude in business and public-sector stakeholder engagement at all levels, with a good professional profile and network.
  • A highly motivated, self-starting and results oriented individual with a strong desire to deliver economic and societal impacts through innovation partnerships.
  • A good communicator with well-developed written and verbal skills, able to translate complex topics for a broad audience, ideally multilingual.
  • Results oriented and demonstrated capability to deliver autonomously within an effective team in a fast-paced environment, including complex projects.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills, including the ability to present complex information concisely and accurately under tight deadlines.
  • Highly numerate and analytical, with the ability to think strategically.
  • Willingness to travel in UK and abroad, including occasional overnight (or longer) absences.
  • High level of IT literacy and organisational skills.

Benefits & how to apply

  • This role has a salary of £35,000 to £42,000 pa depending on experience
  • 28 days annual leave plus 10.5 bank and public holidays
  • Enhanced Pension Plan
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Wider Wallet employee benefits high street discounts scheme
  • Opportunities for continuous professional development as part of our Talent & Development Programme

This advert will close on Thursday 29th February, though some circumstances may require us to close earlier, so early application is advised.

First stage interviews to be held on Friday 8th March.

Second stage interviews to be held on Friday 15th March.

Please apply by submitting a tailored cover letter outlining your suitability with specifics relating to the requirements of the role, and your CV outlining your experience.

The postholder will be home based (UK) or out of our London, Harwell or Edinburgh offices with frequent UK travel.

Applicants must have the existing and ongoing right to work in the UK without restrictions as sponsorship for visas is not provided. Unfortunately, owing to the high number of applications received, we can only provide feedback to applicants selected for interview.

Should you wish to discuss this opportunity further, please contact the Recruitment Team by email to recruitment@iuk.ktn-uk.org.

Innovate UK KTN strives to be a diverse and inclusive place where we can all be ourselves. We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in the industry: people of colour, LGBTQ+ community, women, disabled people, people of any age or family status. We know that diversity makes us stronger and we strive to create a working environment that is inclusive, and ensures everyone can be heard and valued for their contributions.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to removing barriers for individuals with conditions, illnesses or disabilities and we will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application or interview process, and in their future role.

If you would like to request any reasonable adjustment, for any part of the recruitment process (including application), please let us know by emailing recruitment@iuk.ktn-uk.org.

About Innovate UK KTN

We connect ideas, people, and communities to drive innovation that changes lives.

Innovation is complex. The journey from idea to market is not straightforward and requires a diverse range of know-how, investment, market knowledge and research. Innovate UK KTN exists to connect innovators with new partners and new opportunities beyond their existing thinking – accelerating ambitious ideas into real-world solutions.

The future holds both challenges and opportunities. We are passionate about working with innovative businesses to overcome these challenges and shape the opportunities and solutions that follow.

Our vision is to create a network of innovators so powerful its ideas will change the world.

While business is at the heart of our work, our diverse connections span government, funders, research and the third sector. This unrivalled overview and connectivity enable us to be a trusted guide through a complex global landscape of research, development, and innovation.

Please submit applications by 29/02/2024


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