Share this Job

Senior Innovation Associate

Requisition ID:  9731

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  14-Jul-2021


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: £30,942 - £32,817, with progression to £40,322  per annum

Closing Date: 28 July 2021


The Role


The Senior Innovation Associate will develop, co-ordinate and project manage a portfolio of income generating collaborations between the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) and a variety of partners and commercial client organisations.  You will have a passion for innovation in this space of healthy ageing and longevity, with an entrepreneurial focus on how to enable businesses to harness the opportunities related to longevity economies.


In addition to key project management tasks, you will be central to the delivery of early phases of collaborative activity. In particular, you will assess information needs, conduct trend analysis and literature reviews, use proven methodologies to gather human experience insights around emerging technologies and consult with experts both internally and externally.  With the support of senior staff, you will analyse and make sense of the knowledge from these various sources to deliver meaningful outputs directly supporting the aspirations of the client.  


The UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) at Newcastle University has been funded by Government and the 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 organizations while promoting positive impact on society at scale.


For informal enquiries please contact Lesley Hall on lesley.hall@ncl.ac.uk  


The post is permanent, full time.

Key Accountabilities


  • Keep abreast of new developments and emerging trends in the area of ageing and longevity to identify and champion new opportunities
  • Develop relationships with commercial partners to provide expertise in the ageing and longevity sector to encourage and identify new areas for collaboration that focuses on innovation that aligns to the unmet need of an ageing population
  • Lead on scoping of new projects with clients to help produce project proposals that provide clear deliverables and are appropriately costed
  • Carry out trend and market analysis and produce detailed outputs and reports that combine information from variety of sources including consumer panels, large datasets and literature reviews
  • Provide effective project management of projects to plan and manage risks ensuring projects hit decision gateways and other identified milestones through continuous progress monitoring to time and budget
  • Facilitate and moderate workshops and panels to gather citizen insights and human experience that communicate the needs of potential consumers
  • Act as key contact with Research Strategy and Development and the University contracting and legal departments to progress contracts, IP and legal matters, as appropriate for managed projects
  • Identify and liaise with other University staff and network partners to secure their commitment to elements of work for which they are required
  • Prepare regular reports and presentations and case studies of projects  for the NICA management team, as well as other various stakeholders as required
  • Line manage, mentor, train and provide inspiration and advice for Innovation Associates undertaking similar work
  • Support for marketing and communications staff in the preparation of media and press releases or success celebration activity related to managed projects
  • Prepare for and facilitate any funder audits, inspections and client meetings as required
  • Take responsibility for identifying own learning needs, including identifying appropriate courses to ensure up to date knowledge in the area of ageing and longevity. You will very quickly be expected to develop a thorough knowledge of the work of the National Centre, its interactions with partner organisations and other stakeholders and the expectations of the Centre for delivery of economic growth and the support of productive ageing
  • Undertake routine tasks appropriate to the grade such leading key meetings and events, including constructing agendas, travelling to meetings, and advising on appropriate courses of action and ensuring action points are followed up
  • Any other duties as specified commensurate with the grade


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Proven analytical and problem solving skills with a passion for the opportunities and challenges of working in healthy ageing and longevity
  • Creative thinker, able to develop novel ideas independently
  • Excellent planning and organising skills to manage multiple projects in a dynamic environment working within general guidelines, using initiative and judgement without recourse to senior staff
  • Ability to collate, analyse and make sense of multiple knowledge sources to propose solutions for clients and provide information for management use
  • Experience of producing high quality outputs with a keen attention to detail, such as client reports and presentations
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability and enthusiasm to communicate with the public and negotiate, influence and build relationships with clients and partner organisations at all levels
  • Ability to prioritise and, where necessary work on a range of projects simultaneously
  • Excellent teamworking with a positive and supportive attitude and a flexible and collaborate approach to working with colleagues across the university
  • Proven experience of a range of IT programmes, especially Microsoft Office
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality within an innovation environment
  • Comfortable working in a “start-up” environment and willingness to contribute to wider organisational problem solving
  • Willingness to travel nationally and internationally as required
  • Experience of working in a market/trend analysis environment (Desirable)
  • Experience of working with commercial organisations (Desirable)
  • Previous experience of working and delivering in a fast paced consultancy type environment (Desirable)
  • Experience of costing and pricing activity (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviour


Projecting confidence:

  • Projects a positive attitude through personal confidence and enthusiasm in order to achieve organisational success. Inspires the trust and confidence of others (others)

Planning And Organising:

  • Manages time and resources by prioritising and organising effectively (others) 

Gathering information:

  • Gathers a broad range of relevant information from internal and external sources making this information widely available.  Uses information to gain competitive advantage (others)


  • Works collaboratively with others, plays a positive role in teams and establishes and grows relationships across the organisation where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued




  • Educated to degree standard in a scientific, social science, technology discipline or similar or an equivalent qualification and/or significant appropriate work experience
  • Advanced knowledge of project management and relevant business operating procedures (eg contract approval, financial understanding, project close out, etc).
  • Project management qualification (e.g. PRINCE2 or other Agile Project Management) (Desirable)




Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff 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.


Requisition ID: 9731