Innovation Lead - Wired Sussex

Brighton and Hove

Closing date: 03/01/2019

We are looking for an exceptional individual to lead innovation here at Wired Sussex.

What does Wired Sussex do?

Wired Sussex exists to support the digital cluster based in Sussex, centred in and around Brighton. Its mission is to help local digital businesses develop and grow to their maximum potential. It currently has over 2,500 member businesses and freelancers. Among other things, it provides centralised facilities for R&D in areas like VR and 5G. It runs events, incubates new businesses, supports recruitment, brokers freelance assignments and project opportunities, advertises workspace and facilitates networking. It represents the sector to local and central government and encourages research to analyse the sector and assess its future needs.

Job Description:


Innovation is at the heart of our strategy and integral to achieving our vision to see the Brighton cluster recognised as Europe's most exciting and innovative creative digital hub. The Innovation Lead is responsible for delivering our innovation strategy and ensuring the successful completion of programmes and initiatives within that. Examples of current projects that would fall under this umbrella include;

5G Brighton – Our home, The Fusebox, is host to a 5G testbed with which we can give digital businesses the opportunity to learn more about 5G, to either enhance their existing products or develop new bespoke products for the technology. The Innovation Lead role is crucial to this project, identifying suitable user cases and facilitating the set-up of these experimental pieces of work.

Innovation Brokerage - As part of this pilot project, the Innovation Lead will work with member businesses to identify a need that additional expertise might solve, and then work with our partners, the University of Sussex, to connect them to the right academic providing research that will meet their needs.

Our Residency opportunity - Our Fusebox residencies give digital entrepreneurs, tech visionaries and creative technologists, space and support to turn their ideas into successful innovations. The Innovation Lead role will manage the Fusebox team who look after these businesses whilst they are working in our space.

 
Person Specification:


We’re looking for a highly motivated individual who is passionate about emerging technology and digital innovation.

  • An excellent communicator with the ability to collaborate and engage with start-ups, businesses, universities and other organisations, to understand their needs and connect them with each other.
  • A natural facilitator who can develop content for and run engaging and inspiring workshops.
  • Someone with the skills to lead and manage the successful delivery of project activities and outputs, and ensure they are within scope, on budget and to the agreed timetable.
  • A manager who can lead a small team running the day to day logistics of our Residency programme.
  • You might have a background delivering technology-focused programmes and initiatives, perhaps in an innovation centre or accelerator space, and be ready for the next step in your career.
 
Key Area: Project Management Project Management
Salary: Circa £35k depending on experience.
Attendance: Full-Time
 
Additional Information:


This is a management team role that reports directly into both the COO and MD.

Working at Wired Sussex not only puts you at the heart of the community, right around the corner from North Laine in a creative and collaborative workspace with a friendly team, we also like to make sure everyone is happy in their workplace.


We offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Pension contributions
  • 25 days holiday pro rata
  • Professional development training programme
  • Social funding for team outings and events
 
 

No agencies please

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