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Innovation Adviser

Research and Enterprise
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,236 - 39,609 a year
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We are recruiting for two Innovation Advisers to join the Economic Development team at the University of York.  The team is part of the Research and Enterprise Directorate, which is the University department responsible for the central management of the University’s activities and strategy in research and knowledge exchange, and for providing comprehensive support to academic departments in their research and impact activities. 

The University has successfully bid for £5.3m of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) to deliver a programme of support to SMEs across both the Leeds City Region (LCR) LEP and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding (YNYER) Local Enterprise Parntership (LEP) areas.  The project is called ‘Product and Process Innovation’ (PAPI).  As the name suggests, PAPI aims to stimulate innovation in SMEs in key sectors (digital and creative media, electronics, advanced manufacturing, bioscience and low carbon, food and drink and health and life sciences) by providing capital grants support to businesses to encourage the development of new products and processes.   The majority of the PAPI budget is allocated to providing these small capital grants (up to £20,000).  The programme will harness the technological and business support expertise of its partners and will complement and add value to the LCR and YNYER Growth Hubs.

This post is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.


We are seeking highly self-motivated and well qualified individuals with a strong background in SME business engagement. They should be able to provide advice and support to SMEs seeking to undertake innovation so as to increase both the quantity and quality of grant applications, providing an account management service from initial enquiry through to project completion.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

The key requirements of the role include:

  • Experience of ongoing project/programme monitoring, for example, reviewing, collating, organising and auditing finances, outputs, project activity, compliance and eligibility of European / public contract funding programmes, with budgets and KPI/output requirements
  • A thorough understanding of the process of innovation, in relation to the development of new products and services
  • Experience and knowledge of funding policies and procedures
  • Experience of developing strong networks and relationships, excelling at forming collaborative relationships with SME senior management teams displaying influence and credibility
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills; able to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders; able to formally present to business audiences at network meetings and events
  • Highly motivated to deliver projects to time, budget and quality; enthusiastic and positive; determined

Willing to take on a broad range of tasks to ensure job completion; a proactive and energetic approach

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Vicky Wren, Programme Manager. Telephone: 01904 328080 or E-mail:

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