Managing Director (Operations)

Connected Places Catapult

Regular attendance at CPC offices (London/Milton Keynes/Glasgow/Leeds)/international travel as required

  • Location

    Regular attendance at CPC offices (London/Milton Keynes/Glasgow/Leeds)/international travel as required

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government, Regulation

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Competitive remuneration package

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    24 June 2021

  • Client

    Connected Places Catapult

Ref: GSe72438

As the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport and places, we provide impartial ‘innovation as a service’ for public bodies, businesses and infrastructure providers to catalyse step-change improvements in the way people live, work and travel.  We connect businesses and public sector leaders to cutting-edge research to spark innovation and grow new markets, and we run technology demonstrators and SME accelerators to scale new solutions that drive growth, spread prosperity, and eliminate carbon.

As a consequence, we play an important role in place-related innovation; stimulating economic growth and commercial success whilst pursuing important societal and environmental agendas, dismantling market barriers and speeding the application of innovative research and technologies by UK companies in the built environment, transport, infrastructure and place making industries. Given the events of the past year, our role has never been more relevant or more important, as collectively, we recover from the current pandemic and seek new relationships with the places in which we live and work.

As Managing Director – Operations, you will perform a key enabling senior leadership role, operating with credibility in an expert led business with outstanding people. 

Responsible for delivery and operations, you will provide inspirational and developmental leadership to a sizable, multi-disciplinary team, ensuring that our people are future focused, equipped and motivated to deliver to the highest standards in an environment that is subject to continual change and external scrutiny. The standards and culture you set and embed must deliver an exemplary customer experience to a broad range of stakeholders and partners, enabling blended teams and collaborators to push boundaries and harness innovation to secure new levels of connectivity. 

We are looking for an exceptional strategic C level operations leader who has ideally performed a similar role in an expert, project led environment in which innovation and the maximisation of human capital and efficiency are imperative to impact, business success and external credibility.  To this end, you will be an inspiring leader who has motivated, developed and empowered large, blended teams to work across disciplines and boundaries in support of common outcomes.  

This is an opportunity to play a key role in the leadership and further development of our business.  Your commitment, strong intellect, outstanding skillset and high levels of energy and enthusiasm have the potential to make a huge difference, so that together we can achieve outstanding outcomes.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date for Applications
Friday 18 June 2021 @ 5.30pm

Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySanderson
w/c Monday 5 July 2021 & w/c Monday 12 July 2021

Assessments & Information Conversations
w/c Monday 19 July 2021 & w/c Monday 26 July 2021

Final Panel Interviews
TBC - w/c Monday 9 August 2021

How to Apply

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.


Olivia Robinson: 0113 205 6298