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Oxford Innovation

Innovation Director

  • Oxfordshire

  • Up to £60,000 per annum plus flexible benefits

  • Permanent

Oxford Innovation operates a network of 8 Innovation Centres in Oxfordshire, providing flexible workspace and support to start-up and growing technology and knowledge-led SMEs. These centres are home to a dynamic community of SMEs, drawn from the local area and region, and made up of tech and life science high growth companies of various age and size.

We are seeking an innovative and strategic thinker with strong relationship building skills for the role of Innovation Director to provide critical business support at 3 of those centres.

About the role

We are seeking an innovative and strategic thinker with strong relationship building skills for the role of Innovation Director. The Innovation Director will provide pragmatic, high quality strategic business coaching and innovation support to businesses based in this new centre, with the objectives of:

  • Developing a local ecosystem of supportive partners
  • Making our Oxfordshire Centres innovation hubs that tech businesses in the local and nearby area naturally wish to locate and cluster
  • Enabling businesses in the centre to grow, bring on new talent, innovate and succeed.

What we're looking for

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in business; either working at senior director level within large corporates or as a small business owner themselves. Ideally, they will have a background in tech and life science sector businesses.

Whilst direct experience of providing quality business coaching to early stage businesses is favourable, we would consider candidates with the inherent skills and aptitude to develop this capability within the role. However, crucial to being successful in this role will be the candidates’ ability to build relevant business, investment, and innovation networks for the centres, and to proactively drive the benefits of collaborative working.More specifically, the Innovation Director will be responsible for delivering on a number of targets relating to business growth and development and innovation activity.