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Executive Director – Programmes and Growth
Location:
London/Edinburgh/Harwell with regular travel
Salary:
Competitive Salary, plus bonus and benefits
Posted:
2 days ago
Applications close:
04 October 2019

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has a track record of accelerating the growth of private businesses and the UK economy. We aim to improve people’s lives by maximising value from innovative ideas, scientific research and creativity and we do this by bringing together businesses, entrepreneurs, academics and funders to develop new products, processes and services and by facilitating connections and collaborations across sectors, academia and businesses, as well as across the interfaces of technologies.  Having already achieved a great deal, we are now focusing on efficiency to ensure that our activities deliver best value, whilst also extending our offer to maximise our positive impact on the UK’s economic growth.

Reporting to the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, you will play an important supporting role in the evolution of our organisation, contributing to corporate strategy development and delivery to grow our relevance and value to ensure that we become known as the world’s leading innovation network. You will be required to provide coherent, inspiring and developmental leadership to a distributed, high-calibre team who will be focused on leading major programmes across all sectors and geographies, whilst also have a strong focus on developing new income generating business partnerships which expand and maximise the company’s income sources.

You will have an entrepreneurial mindset, excellent negotiation and strategic management credentials and the energy and gravitas to engage relevant audiences at the highest levels. Well-connected and respected by a broad range of stakeholders across a range of industry sectors, you will have a personal track record of identifying and responding to opportunities to innovate in support of shared outcomes.

Regardless of background you will be an excellent Executive Team member, contributing to shared vision and organisational success and a dynamic divisional and matrix team leader and external ambassador who attracts and develops talented people who partner, consult and collaborate beyond sector and subject matter expertise to accelerate commercial growth.

It’s an exciting and important time to join us.  We have an unprecedented opportunity to address global industrial and societal challenges and to contribute to UK growth.

If what we’re doing excites you, call Gatenby Sanderson for an informal conversation:
Stephanie Wilson: 07880 382745
Eleanor Lawrence: 020 7426 3379

or visit Gatenby Sanderson’s website to apply.

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Knowledge Transfer Manager – Rail
Location:
Home or office-based with some UK travel expected. KTN hub offices are in London, Harwell and Edinburgh.
Salary:
£37,500 to £49,500 (depending on experience)
Posted:
5 days ago
Applications close:
23 October 2019

Job Purpose

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with current and relevant knowledge and experience of the rail industry to join the Transport Team at KTN. The role involves providing innovation support to companies working in the rail sector and the supply chain, driving knowledge transfer between the science base and industry, promoting networking and enabling innovation.

The role involves working with Innovate UK, the Department for Transport (DfT) and Network Rail (amongst other stakeholders) to deliver innovation programmes and support businesses to access relevant funding streams and catalyse new business partnerships. There is a requirement to identify opportunities to drive forward the implementation and delivery of the rail industry’s strategies (such as the underpinning capabilities for the Rail Technical Strategy) and Sector Deal, seeking to grow UK capability.

The aim of the Transport Team is to support the UK’s mobility innovation agenda in relation to government’s Industrial Strategy including the Future of Mobility and Clean Growth Grand Challenges. The team covers all traditional transport modes, passenger and freight, whilst remaining agile to respond to new and emerging innovations (e.g. Hyperloop, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV)).

Reporting to: Head of Transport


Salary: £37,500 to £49,500 (depending on experience).

Location: Home or office-based with some UK travel expected. KTN hub offices are in London, Harwell and Edinburgh.

Key accountabilities

  • Support development and implementation of future strategy and work programmes for rail.
  • Support the development of cross-cutting application areas such as manufacturing, digital, zero or low carbon fuels, data, robotics, AI, security and space for the benefit of rail stakeholders by working with other staff in KTN.
  • Identify and monitor trends and opportunities for innovation through interaction with business and the technology base.
  • Ensure that industry is aware of the funding opportunities.
  • Lead and deliver briefing and networking events for Innovate UK, DfT and Network Rail.
  • Visit companies, research institutions and universities, in the UK, to understand their R&D needs and innovation capabilities.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with external stakeholders, departments, forums, groups active in related areas.

Job responsibilities

  • Work with the Transport team to understand the technology needs and opportunities for growth of UK Industry and the scientific capabilities of the research base, facilitating the transfer of knowledge within and between these groups and the establishment of collaborations.
  • Understand and facilitate access to innovation support mechanisms for businesses and to help develop funding and investment applications.
  • Promote the benefits of KTN and innovation within a business context to the UK sector including the preparation of promotional material and the use of various media.
  • Develop and lead cross-community activity within KTN to help build new rail supply chains to create value for UK businesses.
  • Liaise closely with KTN staff across all sectors and technologies to ensure a good understanding of other sector activities, to ensure well informed and integrated working.
  • Produce articles for newsletters, blogs of interest to our members and similar media.
  • Organise meetings, workshops and networking events in a variety of commercial and scientific areas.
  • Undertake necessary administrative duties including the timely completion of accurate reports, meeting minutes, timesheets and expenses.
  • Maintain and disseminate an up-to-date view of the rail industry,
including technology developments, key innovators, market trends/needs and business funding opportunities.
  • The role will require regular UK travel including overnight at times and possibly some European or Global travel.

For a full job description, please click here. To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@ktn-uk.org by 23rd October 2019.

Applicants must have the existing and ongoing right to work in the UK as sponsorship is not provided.

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Knowledge Transfer Manager - Aviation
Location:
Home or office-based with regular UK travel expected. KTN hub offices are in London, Harwell and Edinburgh.
Salary:
£31,447 to £49,792 (depending on experience)
Posted:
20 days ago
Applications close:
01 October 2019

Job Purpose

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with current and relevant knowledge and experience in aviation to join the Transport Team at KTN. The successful candidate will support programmes of work focused on efficiency and decarbonisation improvements in the movement of people and freight by air. The role involves providing innovation support to companies working in the aviation sector and associated industries, driving knowledge transfer between the science base and industry, promoting networking and enabling innovation.

The post involves working with Innovate UK, the Department for Transport (DfT), industry groups and across academia to deliver innovation programmes and support businesses to access relevant funding streams and catalyse new business partnerships. The successful candidate will have some experience of the aviation industry and understanding of the challenges for airports, airlines and associated industries.

The aim of the Transport Team is to support the UK’s mobility innovation agenda in relation to government’s Industrial Strategy including the Future of Mobility and Clean Growth Grand Challenges. The team covers all traditional transport modes, passenger and freight, whilst remaining agile to respond to new and emerging innovations (e.g. Hyperloop, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV)).

The post holder will also be required to support aerospace related activities and work with colleagues across KTN (e.g. Manufacturing, Materials, Enabling Technologies).

Reporting to: Head of Transport

Grade: Salary £31,447 to £49,792 (depending on experience).

Location: Home or office-based with regular UK travel expected. KTN hub offices are in London, Harwell and Edinburgh.

Key accountabilities

  • Support development and implementation of future strategy and work programmes for aviation.
  • Support the development of cross-cutting application areas such as biofuels, data, robotics, AI, security and space for the benefit of aviation stakeholders by working with other staff in KTN.
  • Identify and monitor trends and opportunities for innovation through interaction with business and the technology base.
  • Ensure that industry is aware of the funding opportunities for aviation related innovation.
  • Facilitate networking opportunities for industry to meet with peers and potential collaborators through the organisation of workshops and meetings.
  • Visit companies, research institutions and universities, in the UK, to understand their R&D needs and innovation capabilities.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with external stakeholders, departments, forums, groups active in related areas.
  • Deliver and assist in the support of new funding streams related to industrial challenges including delivering collaboration events.

Applicants must have the existing and ongoing right to work in the UK as sponsorship is not provided.

For a full job description, please click here. To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@ktn-uk.org by 1st October 2019.

Dates for interviews are: 10 & 11th October for phone interviews and 22 & 24 October for face to face interviews, location TBC.

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