Executive Director – Programmes and Growth

Knowledge Transfer Network

London/Edinburgh/Harwell with regular travel

  • Location

    London/Edinburgh/Harwell with regular travel

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Digital, Data & Technology, Not for Profit

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Competitive Salary, plus bonus and benefits

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    13 October 2019

  • Client

    Knowledge Transfer Network

Ref: GSe58167

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has a track record of accelerating the growth of private businesses and the UK economy. We aim to improve people’s lives by maximising value from innovative ideas, scientific research and creativity and we do this by bringing together businesses, entrepreneurs, academics and funders to develop new products, processes and services and by 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 focusing on efficiency to ensure that our activities deliver best value, whilst also extending our offer to maximise our positive impact on the UK’s economic growth.

Reporting to the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, you will play an important supporting role in the evolution of our organisation, contributing to corporate strategy development and delivery to grow our relevance and value to ensure that we become known as the world’s leading innovation network. You will be required to provide coherent, inspiring and developmental leadership to a distributed, high-calibre team who will be focused on leading major programmes across all sectors and geographies, whilst also have a strong focus on developing new income generating business partnerships which expand and maximise the company’s income sources.

You will have an entrepreneurial mindset, excellent negotiation and strategic management credentials and the energy and gravitas to engage relevant audiences at the highest levels. Well-connected and respected by a broad range of stakeholders across a range of industry sectors, you will have a personal track record of identifying and responding to opportunities to innovate in support of shared outcomes.  

Regardless of background you will be an excellent Executive Team member, contributing to shared vision and organisational success and a dynamic divisional and matrix team leader and external ambassador who attracts and develops talented people who partner, consult and collaborate beyond sector and subject matter expertise to accelerate commercial growth.

It's an exciting and important time to join us.  We have an unprecedented opportunity to address global industrial and societal challenges and to contribute to UK growth.  

If what we're doing excites you, call us for an informal conversation.

Closing Date for Applications Friday 11 October 2019
Preliminary Interview at our London Officew/c Monday 4 November 2019 and w/c Monday 11 November 2019
Psychometric Assessment w/c Monday 25 November 2019 and w/c Monday 2 December 2019
Final Panel InterviewMonday 9 December 2019 to Wednesday 11 December 2019

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement (no more than 2 pages) 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. We will not approach your referees without your prior permission.

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

Gemma Heron: 07964 826 291