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Innovation Consultant

Requisition ID:  20367

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  17-Jun-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £26,341 to £27,924 with progression to £30,497 per annum


Closing Date: 3 July 2022


The Role


Thank you for your interest in joining the UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA).


We are looking for a bright and motivated Innovation Consultant to join our team, working on a high profile, international project. You will have a passion for, and proven experience of, delivering innovation projects to support  businesses in harnessing new opportunities.

Reporting to a Senior Innovation Consultant, the Innovation Consultant will be an integral part of the NICA team, supporting the successful delivery of activities which form part of the UK-China Healthy Ageing Flagship Challenge.


This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the UK’s leading innovation organisations, working with partners in the UK and China, making a real contribution to developing a better society for us all. Our mission is to create a world in which we all live better, for longer. We work with innovation and commercialisation experts, industry, academics, research and technology organisations and citizens, to develop solutions that enhance life as we age, promoting a positive impact on society at scale. You will find us at the heart of the Newcastle Helix development, in the award winning Catalyst building. To learn more about us and what we do click here.


The UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University has been funded by Government and the University. We are committed to the professional career development of all our colleagues. You will benefit from a range of excellent development opportunities including internal and external training, access to specialist networking groups and opportunities to gain experience in the wider space of ageing longevity innovation and commercialisation. We provide a great range of benefits and discounts for all colleagues at Newcastle University, including the opportunity for blended working and flexible hours. You can learn more about what is available on our Benefits Website page.


To apply, please complete the online application and attach a CV and covering letter. In your covering letter please outline how you are either working towards, meet or exceed all of the requirements for this role and the essential criteria in the Knowledge, Skills and Experience section below. Provide examples and highlight expertise relevant to the role. 


This post is fixed term until 31st May 2024, with the possibility of extension.


This post is funded through the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Fund for International Collaboration (FIC), delivered by Innovate UK, part of UKRI.


For informal enquiries, please contact Sarah Nolan at


Key Accountabilities

You will be expected to work flexibly, focusing on the delivery of the Innovation Stream component of the UK-China Healthy Ageing Flagship Challenge – a joint UK-China initiative. Working closely with other members of the team, you will contribute to a wide variety of activities, delivering outputs to time, cost and quality. Your interactions will include, but not be limited to, colleagues within NICA, the wider Newcastle University community, members of Voice® local and national businesses, representatives from Innovate UK, UKRI and relevant Government Departments and Chinese colleagues. Reporting to a Lead Project Manager you will contribute by:

  • Carrying out background research
  • Project development and delivery activities
  • Conducting trends and horizoning research
  • Analysing complex data from a variety of sources
  • Managing and analysing surveys
  • Helping organise and contributing to workshops and events
  • Contributing to the creation of reports, presentations and other artefacts, as required for internal and external clients
  • Presenting to internal and external audiences
  • Contributing to team and client meetings
  • Relationship management with internal and external partners and stakeholders
  • Undertaking routine administrative tasks appropriate to the grade and undertake other duties as specified commensurate with the effective operation of the organisation overall
  • Whilst delivering this work you will benefit from mentoring from immediate team colleagues and senior leaders who will work with you to develop your skills


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Proven relevant experience in a similar preferably consultancy type role
  • Strong analytical, written and communication skills
  • Excellent IT skills including MS Office
  • Strong quantitative research skills, including statistical analysis and/or relevant professional work experience
  • High level of organisational and time management skills and able to manage a range of tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Knowledge and understanding of effective project delivery


  • Experience of international working 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the external environment within which NICA operates


Attributes and Behaviours

  • A positive customer focussed attitude
  • Ability to think ‘outside the box’ and develop creative solutions
  • Ability to work collaboratively and manage time effectively
  • Self-motivator with the ability to accept responsibility and prioritise own workload and meet deadlines
  • Negotiation and persuasion skills
  • Flexibility and willingness to ‘lend a hand’ commensurate with working within a small, dynamic and rapidly evolving organisation
  • An interest in the practical application of innovation, international relationships and global innovation ecosystems
  • Ability to work calmly and efficiently under pressure



  • Minimum of a 2.1 first degree in a discipline such as economics, data science, politics, geography or science

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


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