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Innovation Development Manager - (Manchester Met University- Product Design

Greater Manchester’s Business Growth Hub has a vacancy for an experienced individual who is passionate about business support and able to provide specialist and technical innovation support to enable the delivery of high-quality Innovation business services as part of the Innovation Team.

This will involve proactively generating high quality research projects, translating innovation challenges into specific requirements and matching them to the shared objectives of both GC Business Growth Hub and Manchester Metropolitan University. The role will develop, input and manage collaborative relationships and research and/or technical validation projects with businesses, Universities and other key stakeholders and partners. 

 Essential Technical Skills:

  • Carry out analysis and interpretation of business needs, as required, to provide advisors and senior management teams, or businesses boards, with recommendations regarding appropriate digital technology and engineering opportunities to access University facilities and expertise, including production of detailed content brief, proposal timeframe, fully costed solution and contract for services.
  • Detailed and up to date technical knowledge of Industry 4.0, product design and validation including use of C.A.D, 3D printing, rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing.
  • Broad understanding of digital technology and engineering with the ability to analyse situations, explore, evaluate and recommend potential solutions.
  • Ability to operate a range of lab/workshop equipment safely and to a high standard, including skilled use of 3D printers, C.A.D. (Autodesk Fusion 360, SolidWorks and other CAD packages)
  • Ability to manipulate 2D drawings, 3D models and interpret assembly and engineering drawings.
  • Ability to prioritise a personal workload and to take responsibility for the technical support within the Print City area.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a client to visualise an idea, create it in CAD and manage all elements of the project to completion.
  • Well-developed IT skills, including an understanding of computerised management information systems, spreadsheets, diary management, e-mail and CRM databases.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Good presentation skills, both written and oral.

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

Interviews will take place 10th June 2019

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

This is a fixed term role until December 2021.


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.