Senior Innovation Advisor (Full Time)

Senior Innovation Advisor (Full Time)

St John’s Innovation Centre

Job Title: Senior Innovation Advisor (Full Time)
Salary to £50k plus benefits
Site location: Cambridge

Since 2018, the St John’s Innovation Park has changed from the simple colocation of several buildings to an area with a sense of place, shared services and common identity where joint social and training events are held and communication on a Park-wide basis has stepped up. As a result of a recent resignation, we are pleased to advertise this exciting role which will continue our engagement in the wider Cambridge ecosystem.

Senior Innovation Advisor (Full Time): Salary to £50k plus benefits

As a member of our Projects Team, the Senior Innovation Adviser will:

• Identify potential companies that require business support by using excellent networking skills, attending relevant organisations within Cambridge and the East of England, building good relationships to further develop both St John’s Innovation Centre and St John’s Innovation Park and promoting the Programmes we have to deliver. This may be by making presentations to interested groups, delivering workshops, attending conferences

• As directed by the Head of Programmes and Development, use their specialist skills and tools provided to identify the growth opportunities for relevant businesses and offer bespoke business support services to help them maximise their project and business potential. The relevant businesses will include tenants and future tenants of the St John’s Innovation Centre and/or St John’s Innovation Park, companies in the wider Cambridge area and other areas depending on the criteria of the Programmes the Centre is under contract to deliver at the time

• To be the public face of the Centre for visits and for networking and speaking events

• To work alongside the operational and services team at the Centre, to support the activities promoted with the aim of ensuring that the Centre and Park operates to its full potential where we can influence

• To recognise the importance of capturing key data within internal systems, contributing to planning and financial processes

Qualifications/Skills/Experience/Person Profile

• STEM graduate
• 5+ years business experience in successful SME. Proven business coaching skills esp. Access to Finance
• Knowledge of and wider contacts around the Cambridge Cluster and East of England region Excellent networking and presentation skills
• Extensive knowledge of SME issues, ability to advise high-potential firms
• IT literate, input to CRM systems, Excel, Word & report writing skills will be essential
• Capable of working independently, but must be a great team player with good interpersonal skills. Ability make things happen including loading the dishwasher occasionally

Company Culture
• The Centre exists to provide a dynamic and supportive environment to accelerate the growth of ambitious innovative firms in Cambridge
• To support the overall aims of the Centre on a collegial basis
• A passion to help entrepreneurs excel

To apply, please contact Lynn Nangle at

Closing date for applications: 3rd March 2020