Innovation Manager (Partner Engagement) x3
This appointment is dependent upon part funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), for the project Digital Innovation for Manufacturing (DI4M) project number 50R18PO2791, supported by the HVM Catapult, and will be subject to the continuation of both the availability of funding and the projects. JOB PURPOSE To work with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to help de-risk and accelerate innovation and growth in SMEs by the application of digital manufacturing best practice, new research led technology, techniques and knowhow. Proactively engaging with regional networks and industrial contacts, the role will enable SMEs to access a range of technology area and subsequent new opportunities for innovative products, processes and business models. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1.To provide specialist support to SMEs, giving them a technology led competitive advantage through the implementation of new solutions and exploiting the knowledge within HVM Catapult (HVMC) and WMG. This will include raising awareness (running technology demonstrations, workshops and internships) and carrying out collaborative projects (delivery and project management where SMEs realise ideas and adopt new technologies). This will help businesses to develop new products and generate project outputs and High Value Manufacturing Catapult Key Performance Indicators (KPI) such as research and development collaborations and business engagements 2.To promote research and development collaboration, to identify, write and manage complimentary SME project funding applications. This could include bidding activities under EU programmes and national programmes (Innovate UK, APC, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, UKRI) and identifying partners and funding calls. 3.To work with the Head of SME Programmes and senior colleagues to develop and update advisory services and content for SMEs. 4.To champion offerings from the SME group and WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult assuming responsibility for their development and continuous improvement. To ensure that engagement delivery data required by the project is regularly and consistently available. 5.To keep up to date with SME business relevant developments within the appropriate specialist HVM Catapult area and ensure that the outputs of the R&D, within the appropriate specialist area, are useable for SMEs. 6.To develop, manage and maintain client relationships to ensure that the solution is sourced / implemented and that business engagements and other KPI measures are accurately recorded and monitored by the project team. Assist with the overall management of partner relationships and develop an active interest in our services from potential partners and major company/corporate clients. This will include the operation of innovation networks. 7.Support the WMG HVM Catapult five year business plan which includes: 7.1.Continue and grow activity in Low Emission Mobility (LCM) Lightweighting, Intelligent Vehicles, Energy Storage, Advanced Propulsion 7.2.Leverage the wider capability of WMG and our University and Business partners 7.3.Develop, grow and anchor supply chain capability (make more in the UK) 7.4.Transfer automotive technology and know-how into other sectors (e.g. rail, marine, aerospace) Person Specification The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation. Essential Criteria 1Possession of honours degree, 2:1 in business, science or an engineering discipline or with significant industrial experience in manufacturing firms (a)Essential Criteria 2Experience of management/business development within a manufacturing environment, e.g. as a director or senior manager in development, production, operations, sales, or consulting role, ideally with a background in technology and/or innovation (a,c)Essential Criteria 3Understanding the manufacturing environment within the Midlands (or parts thereof), knowledge of the important sectors and industries and their supply chains, ideally with a strong personal network within the manufacturing community (a,c,d)Essential Criteria 4Experience of previous high-level interactions with manufacturing SMEs and networks of companies (a,c)Essential Criteria 5Experience and understanding of a breadth of manufacturing processes, technology and business to a level that commands the respect of senior managers in SMEs, including the ability to influence where necessary (a,c,d)Essential Criteria 6Excellent client relationship management and interpersonal skills (a,c)Essential Criteria 7Excellent analytical, oral and written communication, organisational and presentational skills to all levels of staff (a,c,d)Essential Criteria 8Previous project management, planning, resource and reporting experience, including the ability to manage and report on multiple interventions and to work on multiple concurrent projects with short timescales (a,c)Essential Criteria 9Proven ability to work in multi-functional teams with partner organisations, such as academic and industrial collaborators (a,c)Desirable Criteria 1Experience of working with research and development teams e.g. within a University/research technology organisation or with equivalent experience in an industrial research environment (a,c,d)Desirable Criteria 2Track record of success in developing collaborative opportunities, e.g. bid writing with proven ability to deliver successful collaborative funding applications e.g. Innovate UK, APC, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, UKRI etc (a,c)Desirable Criteria 3Understanding/knowledge of support networks for manufacturing companies in the Midlands e.g. local enterprise partnerships, growth hubs, and High Value Manufacturing Catapults and/or knowledge of regional science and technology growth strategies (a,c,d)Desirable Criteria 4Experience of the management, delivery and reporting processes in Government funded SME programmes (a)Desirable Criteria 5Educated to postgraduate level and/or with professional qualifications that reflect competence in relevant technologies, or with membership of relevant professional bodies (e.g IMechE, IET, BCS, RSC) (a,c)Further ParticularsFor further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars. For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website. WMG operates a range of SME programmes such as collaborate research, postgraduate education, internships and innovation services The WMG centre High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult Reach Programme is tasked with working with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to help them to adopt new innovations leading to a technology led competitive advantage. The programme will provide SMEs with access to a range of technology areas and subsequent new opportunities for innovative products, processes and business models. SME support services will be offered by the team to ensure on-going success through delivering advisory activities to ensure WMG Centre High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult Reach programme Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and deliverable targets are met.
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