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Business Advisor (Dimension 3) Innovation Advisor

Greater Manchester’s Business Growth Hub has a vacancy for an experienced individual who is passionate about business innovation and wants to become part of our growing team of specialist innovation advisors, delivering high quality support services to business with opportunities to achieve growth. 

The applicant will have a background in industry or technology, ideally with some relevant experience in delivering innovation advice and support for new product/service/process development in a one to one and one to many capacity. They will provide practical, in-depth advice services to business owners and senior managers of companies looking to invest in the development and commercialisation of new products, processes or services. The applicant will join a team that helps identify market opportunities and diagnose any barriers which may be holding back the exploitation of new technology or ideas. Activities include providing hands-on support to find the best resources, expertise or funding required to achieve the businesses’ objectives.

Drawing on your own practical experience, you will work with a range of partners including, universities, research establishments and private sector specialists. Your main responsibilities will focus on engaging businesses in Greater Manchester undertaking the delivery of the service to encourage entry into new markets, product validation and the commercialisation of innovation. As part of this, the post will also contribute to an increased investment in research and innovation, and support collaboration across Greater Manchester and beyond.

The successful applicant will be a well-established and confident individual, with significant experience in business innovation, including research and development. Previous experience in the delivery of business support or consultancy services is also desirable.

Essential Skills

  • Innovation Management 
  • Sales and Account management skills 
  • Presentation skills both written and oral 
  • Excellent communication and networking skills 
  • Excellent planning, organizational, administrative and project management skills 

 Qualifications / Experience

  • At least degree level business education, or degree level qualification with a Management body or the relevant business experience to match those 
  • Significant experience of sector(s)/business experience in the private sector, including at a senior management or Director level.  
  • Proven track record in managing the range of business issues associated with periods of business growth 
  • Proven track record in working effectively in a professional team/s 
  • Professional experience and approach to managing and delivering business assessment, advice and development in a one to one or one to many capacity.

Interviews will take place Friday 7th June 2019

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

Manchester City Centre
Up to 39,704 per annum
Closing Date
Ref No

Please refer to the attached Role Profile for a full job description and the skills and qualifications needed.

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The Growth Company (GC) is committed to providing equal opportunity for all of our colleagues and customers. Here at GC, we value and respect their diversity. All our people are recruited based on their skills, relevant qualifications and experience - regardless of their gender, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status, age or nationality. 

The Growth Company aims to promote a culture of flexible and agile working. With this in mind, we are happy to discuss suggestions as to how the responsibilities of this role can be met through a flexible approach to hours and or location.