Innovation Manager - Blyth

  • Research & Disruptive Innovation - Blyth
  • Competitive Salary, 28 days Holiday, 9 Bank Holidays, Discretionary Bonus, Company Pension Scheme, Cashback Healthcare
  • Ref: 143
  • Date Posted: Wednesday 20 Jun 2018
This vacancy is now closed

Innovation Manager

Location: Blyth

About us: The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is part of a network of world-leading centres set up by Innovate UK,  designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth.. Our vision is to be the world’s leading offshore renewables technology centre and our mission is to accelerate the creation and growth of UK companies in the offshore renewable energy sector.

We are delivering the UK’s largest clean growth opportunity by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in offshore renewable energy. Our unique facilities, research and engineering capabilities bring together industry and academia and drive innovation.  This role will be based in our Blyth site, which has ambition to be internationally recognised as the go-to testing and validation centre for offshore renewables.  Activities around the Blyth will play a critical part in acting as an access point to high value supply chains and help develop and validate new innovations ready for the market. 

The role

We are looking for an energetic outward facing Innovation Manager to work in the Research and Innovation team to identify and support high growth UK companies that will bring innovative technology to the offshore wind sector.

This role will focus on identifying and working with innovative companies in the storage and electrical grid space, and area which we believe will be crucial as the UK transitions to more renewables.

The successful candidate will have a mix of skills, but in particular you will have a good grasp of engineering and how business works.  You’ll need to help companies find investment so an understanding of public and private sector funding for small companies would be an advantage, as would some experience of European funding.

Key Responsibilities

  • Identify high growth SMEs in the North East of England region

  • Support strategic partnerships with industry and academia

  • Identify and engage with high growth SMEs to develop support activities that will help the companies develop and commercialise new technology.

  • Support strategic relationships with industry and academic partners relating to energy systems technologies.

  • Support the planning and delivery of workshops and events relating to the grid emulator test facility.

  • Support the ORE Catapult Senior Innovation Manager in delivering their business plan objectives for SME impact.

  • Assist with the development of written deliverables such as internal progress reports and analysis of impacts.

  • To contribute to development of the business through improvements to innovation management processes.

  • To ensure compliance with the governance processes of the ORE Catapult.

  • To establish strong links with the ORE Catapult partners (industry and academic).

  • Coordinate workshops, training and engineering support to SMEs

  • Record and track evidence of outputs and impact of support programmes

Key  Capabilities


  • A degree or equivalent in a science, engineering or other relevant discipline

  • Strong ability in Maths, English and Sciences.

Knowledge and knowhow:

  • Understanding of innovation funding programmes

  • Understanding the challenges of SME growth

Experience and capability:

  • Excellent organisational skills

  • Good communication skills (verbal and written)

  • Data gathering skills through consultation, questionnaires and workshops

  • Excellent report writing skills for internal and external publication

  • Confident presenting to wide range of audiences (conferences, working groups)

  • Experience of developing projects with multiple participants

  • Good stakeholder management skills and confidence working with Directors, Senior Management (internal & external) and consultants.

  • The ability to look forward and anticipate problems and solve them.

  • Innovative and creative thinking and the ability to articulate this thinking

  • Tenacity, persistence and determination to succeed in overcoming obstacles.


  • Experience of EU funding programmes, such as ERDF


We offer exciting challenges and career opportunities in an ever-growing innovative company at the leading edge of green technology.  Our working environment is open, inspiring and multicultural, and we provide great potential for personal and professional development.

In return, an excellent remuneration package is offered which includes attractive basic salary, pension, bonus, and subsidised health care saving scheme.

Closing Date: 2nd July 2018

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity