Chief Executive Officer

Knowledge Transfer Network

London/Edinburgh/Harwell with regular travel

  • Location

    London/Edinburgh/Harwell with regular travel

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Not for Profit

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    16 December 2018

  • Client

    Knowledge Transfer Network

Ref: GSe47788

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) aims to catalyse growth of private businesses and the UK economy and to improve people’s lives by capturing the maximum value from innovative ideas, scientific research and creativity. We do this by bringing together businesses, entrepreneurs, academics and funders to develop new products, processes and services and consequently have an unprecedented overview of the UK innovation landscape.  We also have a unique and impartial capability in facilitating connections and collaborations across sectors, academia and businesses, as well as across the interfaces of technologies.  Having already achieved a great deal, we are now going in pursuit of business growth and change to expand our impact, increase our efficiency and to ensure that our activities are the best they can be to deliver maximum impact and value for UK plc.

As Chief Executive Officer, you will be tasked with making KTN known as the World’s leading innovation network and to this end, will be required to set and implement a shared vision, organising and positioning the company for success whilst connecting and working with a broad range of stakeholders, including companies and researchers across markets and technologies, public sector funders of innovation, private sector investors and with the Company’s Board.

Having worked across multiple industry sectors (including UK or devolved Government) in a relevant role, you will be well connected and respected by a broad range of stakeholders, with a personal track record of identifying and responding to opportunities to innovate in support of shared outcomes.  Regardless of background, you will have consistently harnessed the exceptional talent and commitment of bright people to create and apply intellectual capital in context and will understand how to create business environments in which subject matter experts can thrive; partnering, consulting and collaborating to push the boundaries of their knowledge in support of commercial success.

A strong and visible strategic leader with intellectual curiosity, ambition, commercial acumen and enthusiasm for our work, you will enjoy the breadth and complex nature of our activity and will be personally invested in the importance of applied research and innovation in the UK.  With exceptional relationship building skills, you will have a reputation for making things happen through inspiring and galvanising multiple disparate parties into action and will be pragmatic, with an engaging and tenacious personality, first class negotiation and strategic management credentials and the personal energy and experience to get us noticed by an international audience.

This is an exceptional opportunity to make an important contribution to UK plc. 

Closing Date for Applications Monday 17 December 2018
Preliminary Interview at our London OfficeTuesday 8 January 2019 to Thursday 10 January 2019
Final Panel InterviewWednesday 6 February 2019 & Friday 8 February 2019
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Contact details
Stephanie Wilson: 07880 382745