Ecosystem Innovation Growth Specialist

;, Kenya

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Jun 2023

This role, Ecosystem Innovation Growth Specialist, is an opportunity for a high calibre, experienced business professional to directly contribute to driving business innovation and growth in the UK.  

The role will identify ambitious high growth potential innovative SMEs in their local ecosystem and support them in accelerating their journey to significantly grow and scale; in particular the role will require experience and knowledge of the strategic funding and finance needs of innovative high growth potential companies in order to help them to become more investment ready, and invest-able, and in a position to harness their growth and scaling potential. 

The role will also play an important role in driving the Innovate UK “Place” agenda acting as an interface with accelerators, launchpads, Freeports and/or other regional clusters working alongside both Innovate UK EDGE Innovation and Growth Specialists colleagues and Scale Up Directors, drawing heavily on local and national ecosystem partners.   

The successful candidate will hold a MBA or MSc in Finance discipline, Membership of related professional body (ACA; ACCA; ACIB or similar).  Or equivalent qualification - Enterprise Europe Network / Innovate UK EDGE Manager to judge.

Occasional travel in the UK will be involved.  

The post is available until 31 March 2024 in the first instance.

For an informal discussion about the role, please speak with Andrew Hebb on  

Should you have any queries please contact the HR Recruitment Team on  

We are looking for people who can help us deliver our mission of transforming lives through inspired teaching and research, through our values.  

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The university welcomes people from diverse and underrepresented communities who can help the university to achieve its mission. 

We do this through taking positive action such as encouraging applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Time to Change Employer Pledge /Mentally Healthy Universities , we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff, and removing barriers to improve inclusion. 

We encourage applicants to disclose experience of mental health problems so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Any information disclosed will be kept confidential and separate from the job application form. 

We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Further details:   Job Description & Person Specification     

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. 

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