Programme Director, Accelerator

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

£54,765 - £58,089 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: EN18103

Sectors: sustainability

Closing date: Sunday, 21st April 2019   2 days left

This is a new exciting and visible role for a talented individual to take responsibility for developing new business-relevant initiatives in line with market needs and the strategic objectives of the organisation.

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is a globally influential institute working to develop leadership and solutions for a sustainable economy. Through focused collaboration between business, government and finance institutions, we believe the economy can be ‘rewired’ to deliver positive outcomes for people and the environment.

The Programme Director will be responsible for the effective delivery and oversight of the accelerator team, with specific first-line responsibility for delivery of the ESIF funded Sustainability Business Hub and Accelerator. The role holder will monitor and support delivery of the grant programme, and ensure outputs and results are effectively delivered to SMEs across the wider Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area. Essential to this will be effective collaboration with other business support providers and incubation environments.

The post holder will deliver a unique sustainability-facing programme to assist SMEs and help them innovate to adapt. Key to the delivery will be effective coordination of delivery, and leverage of capability from across the University, and in particular CISL, to deliver high quality business support to enhance business competitiveness.

The Programme Director will also be responsible for the smooth transition into a zero carbon retrofit and the delivery of in-house business support activity across all aspects of the facility with particular reference to the effective networking and collaborative working support for SMEs and early stage start-up businesses.

The Programme Director works under the direction of the Executive Director, Accelerator and in close collaboration with senior colleagues within CISL. The successful candidate will have responsibility for developing, leading and managing their own team.

Applicants must be committed to the values that underpin CISL’s work and must demonstrate the following essential skills and experience:

  • Educated to degree level.
  • Experience of working in fields related to sustainable development with an understanding of how these and related issues affect leadership and organisations, particularly business.
  • Experience in working with senior leaders from business or the public sector.
  • Experience of working with SMEs and/or start-up businesses.
  • Experience of fund-raising.
  • Excellent relationship skills and a proven ability to build, grow and maintain relationships with key leaders.
  • Proven ability to identify potential business opportunities and turn them into active revenue generating projects.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Understanding of relationship marketing techniques.
  • Understanding of project management techniques.

The following qualifications and experience are desirable:

  • Educated to PhD level.
  • Experience of developing products and services in a sustainable development context.
  • An active network of contacts within the sustainability field, or in related fields such as partnership, diversity management, governance.
  • Experience in turning one-off projects into repeatable programmes.

This post is full-time and located in Cambridge.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 21 April 2019.

CISL is an equal opportunities employer and candidates from all backgrounds and predispositions are encouraged to apply. Informal enquiries may be sent to the CISL Human Resources team,

To submit an application, please click on the link in the 'Apply online' section of the advert published on the University's Job Opportunities pages (Academic-Related staff). Please upload your CV and a covering letter.

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