Vacancy – Innovation and Technology Manager

Purpose of the Post: To lead SMMT’s activities in the automotive technology and innovation arena to deliver on SMMT’s business and policy objectives, working closely with members and colleagues across the organisationTo maximise opportunities for UK automotive from emerging trends in research, innovation and technology that will shape future mobility and automotive products and services, byexpanding SMMT’s role as expert partner and influencer of policy and funding opportunities with government, the Automotive Council Technology Group, TSB, catapults, universities and other bodies in support of the automotive sector’s industrial strategypromoting SMMT as the premier source of information, expertise and influence and the central facilitator and support organisation for current and prospective SMMT members to access funding, information and networking opportunities for RandD, innovation and e-mobilitydeveloping SMMT expertise and activities in emerging technology and mobility fields (e.g. connectivity) to define and secure the interests of UK automotive in these critical areas and attract innovative companies from automotive and related industries into SMMT membership To work with colleagues and stakeholders in developing a technology and innovation strategy for SMMT Qualifications/Skills/Attributes required:Degree educated, ideally with post-graduate qualification in a related field5 years+ professional experience in at least one of the following areas: automotive technology and engineering; e-mobility; connectivity/ITS; communication/networking; innovation policy, funding and institutions.Highly motivated team player with good commercial awareness, experienced in leading and working in teams and able to apply him-/herself to a diverse range of technical, commercial or policy issuesExcellent communications skills (oral/written), interpersonal skills, and diplomacy to be able to develop influential relationships with members, government and key stakeholdersProven project management skills, able to effectively deliver initiatives and managing complex issues to tight deadlinesProven experience in managing junior colleagues effectivelyKeen interest in emerging vehicle technologies, e-mobility and connectivity agendaGood computer skills – competent use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and databases/CRM systemsMain duties include:To provide leadership and coordination on all aspects of SMMT’s technology and innovation agenda among colleagues, member companies and external stakeholderTo create opportunities for SMMT to influence UK and EU innovation policy and funding opportunities by collaborating with government, industry and stakeholders in key fora and initiativesTo effectively communicate automotive technology and innovation developments and funding opportunities (UK/EU) and promote related SMMT’s services to current and prospective members To represent SMMT on the Automotive Council Technology Group, coordinate SMMT input with members and colleagues, and support the implementation of the sector’s strategic Research and Development agenda To lead SMMT’s e-mobility activities, running the SMMT Electric Vehicle Group, providing management support for the ‘Go Ultra Low’ campaign, and coordinating the e-mobility teamTo provide the secretariat of the SMMT Design Engineering Group and review its membership, objectives and agendaTo manage SMMT’s relationships with key innovation funding and delivery bodies (incl. TSB, APC, catapults, Surface Transport Knowledge Network) to secure alignment with industry prioritiesTo establish a closer relationship and influence on the European technology, innovation and e-mobility agenda (including Horizon 2020, EUCAR, CLEPA)To increase SMMT internal awareness on SMMT technology and innovation agenda through proactive communication with colleagues, effective briefing of senior management and collaboration across teamsTo develop with colleagues SMMT’s future strategy, products and services across the innovation and technology spectrum, incl. wider ultra low carbon technologies and fuels portfolio, connectivity, and future mobilitySalary and benefits package:The package includes private medical insurance, company pension scheme, flexi time, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), childcare vouchers, interest free season ticket loan (after 6 months).Deadline for Applications:08 August 2014Method of Application:Prospective candidates should e-mail [email protected] with a CV and covering letter quoting your salary expectations.Early applications are encouraged as interviews will take place and the position offered before this date if a suitable candidate is found. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)