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Oxford Innovation

Innovation Director

  • Dartford, Kent

  • £10,817 per annum

  • Part Time (1 day per week), Permanent

Oxford Innovation (OI) operates a network of over 25 Innovation Centres across the UK, providing flexible workspace and support to start-up and growing technology and knowledge-led SMEs. These centres are home to a dynamic community of ambitious SMEs, made up of technology and innovative 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 one of those centres in Kent. The Innovation Director will provide pragmatic, high quality strategic business coaching and innovation support to businesses based in the centres, with the objective of enabling business growth, innovation development and commercial success, and developing a local ecosystem of relevant partners.

About the role

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. 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 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 several targets relating to business growth and development and innovation activity.

What we're looking for

Essential experience

• Degree level (or equivalent) standard of education or a recognised professional business qualification
• An understanding of the business support landscape and the needs of ambitious SMEs
• Credibility and ability to influence at owner/manager or senior director levels
• A proven track record in business leadership, either working at senior director level within large corporates or as a small business owner
• A successful track record of achievement in enterprise and innovation development
• Previous experience of delivering business management and development either as a consultant or business coach to early stage businesses or relevant experience within such a business
• Early stage and established businesses or relevant experience within such a business
• Negotiation of commercial partnerships
• A track record in budgeting, forecasting and the management of financial and other resources

Salary and benefits

• Salary of £10,817 pa depending on experience
• Discretionary bonus scheme
• 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays (pro rata)
• Flexible benefits package comprising:
o Contributory pension
o Ability to increase or decrease amount of annual leave
o Ability to increase or decrease amount of life assurance cover
o Private medical and dental insurance
o Bicycle purchase
o Charitable Giving