Opportunity: Director of the Catapult Network Development Office


An opportunity has arisen to join the Catapult Network as Director of the Catapult Network Development Office.

Location: Field/Home Based
Level: Business Development
Hours: 37.5
Job Type: Permanent

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Closing date for submissions is Thursday 31 January 2019.

Started in 2012, the Catapult Network is a long-term investment for the benefit of UK businesses. They offer world-class facilities and expertise to help businesses innovate and grow. The Catapult Network is based on successful international models, which generate income from a balance of public grant, collaborative R&D awards and commercial contracting. They operate in areas where the UK has significant economic opportunities and an international competitive advantage to drive growth.

Purpose of Role:

The Director of the Catapult Network Development Office (CaNDO) is a new role. Whilst individual Catapults have been very successful there is tremendous value in the development of the Network and the CEOs of the Catapult Centres have agreed to fund a new secretariat to drive the development of the Network. The CaNDO Director will establish this office and develop plans and present them to the newly formalised Catapult Network CEO Forum

There are three initial areas for development;

1. Interactions with Government

Whilst the main Government sponsor is BEIS, headed by the Secretary of State and supported in particular by the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, interactions can be widespread across key departments e.g. Health, Energy, Transport and Treasury. Although well supported the Catapults are still a new instrument for delivering Government innovation policy and they can sometimes be poorly understood. Individual Catapults have enjoyed some success in driving innovation with targeted funding, but the Network has not successfully deployed its value proposition yet.

Whilst individual Catapults will still interact with key stakeholder departments, the CaNDO director will: raise awareness levels in Government, improve understanding of how HMG can partner individually with Catapults and with the Network as a whole, and coordinate large scale proposals/bids from the Network.

2. interactions with IUK.

Interfacing with The Director of Major Programmes Governance along with the Head of Catapult Network Governance and Performance ensuring that interactions of the whole network are efficient and effective for both routine operations and for the mid-term and five-year review process.

3. Internal Cross Catapult Activity

Collaboration between Catapults often occurs on an ad hoc basis. The CaNDO director will increase collaboration by systematically identifying opportunities and projects facilitating synergistic bids. We have a collective story to tell and the director will coordinate network level Communication to various stakeholders. There are various Cross Catapult groups including a Finance group, Technology group and HR group. These groups have primarily spent time either interfacing with IUK or sharing best practice across the Network however they are potentially a significant repository of expertise and Network leverage. These groups are largely self-regulating but lack overall strategic guidance. The CaNDO Director will engage with the Chairs of these working groups to develop annual business plans for approval by the Catapult CEO Forum. The Director will channel reporting to the CEO Network Forum.

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For more information, or to apply for this vacancy, please email recruitment@ct.catapult.org.uk.

Published: 2 January 2019