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Programme Manager Innovation

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We are looking for someone who is strategic to support transformative innovation in the region, its businesses and communities. Somebody who can work corporately to identify the complex synergies/opportunities across the CA’s teams and across regional stakeholders under the umbrella of the Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) and the emerging West of England Plan for Innovation. Someone to inspire, drive and support a cross cutting work programme for the benefit of the region, and to identify funding opportunities and mechanisms for delivery.

Based in the Strategic Innovation Team, the post holder will be the CA’s lead innovation officer for the region, reporting to and working closely with the CA’s Head of Strategic Innovation. They will be collaborating closely across teams within the CA as well as with the region’s universities and major external stakeholders, to realise the CA’s role as a strategic driver of innovation across the West of England, the UK and internationally as envisaged in the LIS. As such, they will play an important role in helping shape strategic direction in the innovation and R&D space and lead on complex projects, delivering progress across the region against the Plan for Innovation, measurable against the CA’s innovation priorities.

This will include the post holder to:

  • Lead and shape innovation policy and strategic activities across the work of the Authority and the region, connecting the different teams and directorates fully to contribute to a cohesive, focussed and identifiable CA programme of innovation
  • Enable and grow collaborative R&D across the region’s ecosystem, and support key innovation clusters
  • Identify, develop and shape significant opportunities to increase RD&I investment in the region
  • Provide expertise, input and guidance across the CA in respect of regional and national innovation themes and developments (for example for purposes of project design, bid writing or presentations) and proactively lead on proposals and responses to national consultations and funding competitions regarding RD&I matters.   

For an informal chat, please contact Dagmar Steffens, Head of Strategic Innovation, on 07775 934013.

Package Description

The West of England Combined Authority is seeking to appoint an Innovation Programme Manager, to join the Strategy & Innovation team.

This is an exciting time to join the West of England Combined Authority. In the last year nearly three quarters of a billion pounds of new investment has been secured for the region. New plans are in place to deliver on Mayoral priorities to improve transport, skills and housing for our residents, take decisive action to tackle the climate emergency, and to support communities facing the cost-of-living crisis. There is a relentless focus on delivery to put the West of England on the map for regional, national and global success.

Led by the regional Metro Mayor, the West of England Combined Authority brings together three local councils, the Local Enterprise Partnership and works with communities, other public services, and industry to deliver for the region.


About the Company

The West Of England Combined Authority is an equal opportunities employer, in line with the Equalities Act 2010, and invite applicants to contact us to identify any additional support they may need during the recruitment process.

The West Of England Combined Authority is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We ensure all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or citizenship status. We are also  proud to have been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

Flexible and Hybrid working.

The Combined Authority is adopting a Hybrid working approach, which enables employees to split their week between working in the workplace and working remotely.

Hybrid Working forms just part of the flexible working options that the Combined Authority is offering as the new way of working. Flexible working is an arrangement that enables employees to have a way of working that suits and employee’s and employer’s needs whilst maintain a work-life balance.


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