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Technology & Innovation Manager

Technology & Innovation Manager

Job Title: Technology & Innovation Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £competitive
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: NG4980
Contact Name: Nick Gerrell
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 19, 2019 12:29

Job Description

Technology and Innovation Manager
My client based in London is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK. Its resources, reputation and unrivalled automotive data place it at the heart of the UK automotive industry. The voice of the UK motor industry, supporting and promoting its members’ interests, at home and abroad, to government, stakeholders and the media.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Technology & Innovation Manager.
To support and deliver all technology and innovation team activities, particularly those in developing the market for ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) and connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), advancing future mobility innovation, and promoting innovation and investment in R&D across the UK automotive supply chain. 
To provide impactful expertise on all aspects of the technology & innovation agenda (policy, funding, commercial and R&D developments) at UK, EU and international level to members and colleagues.
To formulate and represent members’ position on all technology and innovation issues to government and other stakeholders on behalf of the business.
To run member group meetings and manage and support engagement with members, adjacent industries, government, universities, funding bodies and other key stakeholders on the industry’s technology and innovation policy agenda.
To write and research position papers, policy briefs, presentations, intelligence updates, thought leadership publications and other reports or dossiers as required.
To support any other departmental & company projects or activities as required.
To provide the secretariat for and run the meetings of the Electric Vehicles Group, Innovation and Engineering Group, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Forum, Working Group on Connected Cars and the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Task Force.
To manage relationships with key external stakeholders including government officials, quasi-government agencies, local authorities, R&D institutes, academic institutions, funding bodies and other membership bodies.
To formulate and represent members’ position on all technology and innovation issues to government and other stakeholders on behalf of the business.
To effectively communicate automotive technology and innovation developments and handle enquiries from internal audiences, members, government, and other stakeholders.
To write policy briefs, intelligence updates, position papers, thought leadership publications, minutes of member group meetings and other reports or dossiers.
To perform industry and market monitoring, as well as conduct research and analysis on relevant industry and policy developments.
From time to time, manage ad-hoc short-term projects to deliver value to members.
A university degree, preferably in a technology, innovation, politics/international relations, social sciences or business-related subject.
Post-graduate qualifications are desirable.
Relevant professional experience in one or more of the following subject areas: ultra-low emission mobility, connected and autonomous vehicles, intelligent transport systems, design engineering, digital innovation, innovation policy.
Corresponding professional experience in one or more of the following functional areas: public policy, research, corporate/product strategy, engineering.
A demonstrable track record in developing influential relationships with government and cross-industry stakeholders is advantageous.
Familiarity with the automotive industry is desirable.
Competencies and skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with experience in writing impactful policy briefs, position papers, reports as well as confident in giving presentations and public speaking
Excellent team player and project manager, able to lead or support projects and colleagues across the organisation with technology and innovation expertise. 
Proven research skills, with demonstrable capability in conducting various types of research, interpreting data and research findings, and producing insightful analyses.
Excellent organisational skills as evidenced by ability to organise and run meetings/events to project specifications and requirements.  
Self-starter, independent, confident and accountable co-worker
Strong membership focus and team working 
Continuous learner developing own expertise and share expertise with colleagues
Comfortable with taking on new and/or unfamiliar challenges with a can-do attitude.
Comfortable with multi-tasking, working to tight deadlines and delivering under pressure.
Capable of independent and critical thinking and innovative ideas