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NTCA IoCT Innovation Associate

Requisition ID:  15531

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  11-Jan-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.


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

Closing Date:   8 February 2022




The Role


We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated Innovation Associate with a keen interest in ageing and innovation to work on a North of Tyne Combined Authority part funded project to support the development of the world’s first Internet of Caring Things (IoCT) Cluster to support the region’s businesses.


The Internet of Caring Things (IoCT) Innovation Associate will work directly to support businesses in searching and accessing project support.   You will undertake assessments for businesses across the North of Tyne Combined Authority to identify opportunities for growth, training and development, working with colleagues to scope work and deliver support services.  You will support engagement activities with businesses across the NTCA, being strong advocates for the programme to build profile.


Innovation Associates play an important role in the project team. There are opportunities to make a real contribution to the NTCA programme as it works across the region to develop economic opportunities whilst promoting positive impact on society at scale. 


You will be ambitious and work to very high standards, whilst taking responsibility for your own development in a supportive and challenging environment where you will enjoy variety and continuous learning.


The UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) at Newcastle University is funded by the Government and Newcastle University to create a world in which we all live better, for longer. We team with innovation experts, industry, academics and the public, to identify, develop and bring to market data driven innovative business models, services and products, enhancing life as we age and developing new economic opportunities for organisations while promoting positive impact on society at scale. 


The IoCT Project has been part funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) for 5-years to assist businesses in the region to increase economic growth, create jobs in key NTCA sectors, and ultimately improve resident wellbeing through developing IoCT enabled products and services.  We are building, with partners, a World class innovation ecosystem providing economic and social opportunities and innovations, with a central focus on citizens and community that will mark the region as an international leader for IoCT innovation. 


 For informal enquiries please contact the NTCA IoCT Programme Manager, Jessica Dawes (jessica.dawes@newcastle.ac.uk)  


Please ensure you address how you meet the essential criteria in your application.



Key Accountabilities


You will be expected to work flexibly, contributing to a wide variety of assignments, delivering projects to time, cost and quality, working with colleagues drawn from across NICA. Typically reporting to a Senior Innovation Associate you will contribute by:

•    Carrying out background research;
•    Project development and delivery activities;
•    Conducting literature and policy reviews;
•    Managing and analysing surveys;
•    Helping organise and contributing to engagement activities such as webinars, seminars and workshops; 
•    Analysing complex data from a variety of sources; 
•    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 & Experience


•    Proven relevant experience in a similar 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 delivering digital services;


Knowledge, Skills & Experience


•    Knowledge and understanding of the external environment within which NICA operates
•    Experience of delivering innovative and engaging communications, using a variety of appropriate channels and techniques to a wide audience.
•    Experience of successful event administration and coordination.
•    Experience of developing strong business relationships and engagement activities.


Attributes and behaviours

•    A positive customer focussed attitude;
•    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; 
•    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;
•    A Master's degree in a relevant discipline (desirable) 




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.


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.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 15531