Innovation Specialist

Job description

Job title: Innovation Specialist
Salary: £39,841
Location: Any SE office in Scotland
Department: Innovation and Enterprise Services
Grade: 6
Duration: Fixed-term, 18 months
Closing date: 14 December 2018
Job ref no: 19286

Scottish Enterprise (SE) is Scotland’s main economic development agency. We help Scottish businesses to grow nationally and internationally, to become more efficient and innovative, and to access the funds they need to develop. We also attract overseas companies to invest in Scotland.

The difference you'll make

As part of our Wider Innovation Team, you’ll help us to support Scottish businesses to start innovating.

This means meeting with companies to promote and encourage innovation, and identifying opportunities for developing new products, services or processes. You’ll work with SE colleagues and partner organisations and be involved in a range of activities, including:

  • Identifying potential companies to innovate — through business development, networking and relationship activities, and jointly with our partners
  • Providing advice and support directly to client companies — making sure they benefit from innovation support and collaborative opportunities
  • Helping us develop our innovation support service — by better understanding the needs of businesses in Scotland

This is a fixed-term position for 18 months. You can be based at any SE office in Scotland.

The qualities you'll bring

You could be working in the private or public sector, in an innovation or R&D role. You’ll have a good understanding of innovation policy in Scotland, and a network of relevant contacts in this area.

A natural communicator, you’ll also be able to demonstrate your experience in building business relationships and networking.

It’s likely that you’ll be educated to degree level or have relevant experience in an innovation role. What’s really important is that you take a creative and innovative approach to your own role, and be prepared to challenge established processes.

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