Digital Catapult

Innovation Partner

location
London - Kings Cross
Permanent

The Innovation Partner will lead innovation practice projects and activities, manage our key relationships and will seek opportunities to deepen our impact, grow our reputation and expand our reach. This may be in a given technology focus area, a key market or with a specific customer. The diversity of Digital Catapult’s work across industries, technologies, and organisations is reflected in the role, as it presents the opportunity to lead on a variety of projects such as acceleration programmes for technology startups, challenge-led corporate collaborations, and new or improved businesses product offerings. The Innovation Partner’s core focus is to lead on the design and delivery of our innovation activities, ensuring that they meet the needs of our customers and the ambitions of Digital Catapult, and ultimately deliver impact to the UK market. This role requires an experienced innovation delivery professional, able to shape and design new and bespoke propositions, a keen influencer able to negotiate complex needs of internal and external stakeholders, and an enthusiastic leader able to inspire the people they work with to do their best. A connection to the communities we aim to serve is essential to ensure we design and deliver activities that are impactful for businesses, industries and the UK. A keen understanding of the opportunities and challenges of advanced digital technologies like IoT, 5G, AI, Immersive and DLT is required.

what you’ll do
  • Owning the delivery of multiple innovation activities, confidently managing a multidisciplinary team from across the Catapult
  • Researching and capturing developing customer requirements and business cases for innovation to drive and demonstrate business impact
  • Delivering impactful activities to meet or exceed customer/partner objectives and defined company KPIs
  • Building strong relationships with clients and stakeholders to delivery against and beyond project objectives
  • Identifying and developing new opportunities in collaboration with appropriate business leads
  • Representing Digital Catapult at events, workshops and meetings
  • Effectively managing budgets, risk and resources on innovation activities
  • Ensuring your reports are confident in performing their role and have clear development goals
  • Educating clients, co-workers and broader stakeholders on the value of technology innovation and the work of Innovation Practice/Digital Catapult
  • Reporting to internal and external programme management functions
what we’re looking for
  • Experience of designing and hands on delivery of innovation, acceleration and/or digital transformation initiatives to drive business impact
  • Strong in facilitation and leading meetings and events, advancing agendas and leading project teams on workshops and events
  • Able to to design initiatives, research new topic areas and consult other organisations on the best way to proceed in delivering their desired outcome, applying a variety of innovation methods as appropriate
  • Project management skills including budgetary control, resource management, company communications and risk capture and mitigation
  • A clear understanding of the challenges involved in growing early-stage ideas into products or services, either from a startup or enterprise perspective
  • Comfortable contributing productive ideas to help shape proposals and to inform new business opportunities
  • Experience of working as part of a team to address collaborative objectives and ability to influence at a senior level
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