Vacancy: Innovation Manager – Bioprocessing


We’re recruiting an Innovation Manager to lead our bioprocessing activities!


Job Description 

  • Innovation Manager – Bioprocessing
  • Full time
  • £35,000 per year, plus pension
  • Working across North East England
  • Based at Wilton, Teesside
  • This position is funded for 12 months initially with the intention to be on-going
  • Closing Date: 25-Aug-202, 11:59:00 PM

The Purpose of this New Role

The Innovation Manager will lead NEPIC’s activities in the bioprocessing area. Key activities will include mapping the current landscape, identifying and promoting opportunities, supporting innovation, attracting inward investment and sharing best practice. The Innovation Manager will work with industry, academia, local and national government and other key stakeholders to promote biotechnology and the development of a roadmap for NEPIC’s activities in this area.

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Work with senior academics at Teesside University, and other organisations, to help companies currently using biotechnology to improve their processes.
  • Support the introduction of biotechnology to companies new to this technology
  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities for regional businesses and NEPIC
  • Seek to identify potential collaborative opportunities to help grow the sectors within the region
  • Further to focusing on the defined area, you will also work as part of the wider NEPIC team supporting other activities when required.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop your knowledge and appreciation of biotechnology and to help develop economic models for its application across the Tees Valley.


Our Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be degree qualified and have a scientific or engineering background. Ideally having industrial/sector experience, they will have an engaging and enthusiastic personality and highly developed communication and analytical skills together with the ability to prioritise between conflicting priorities. The nature of the role demands the successful candidate has the ability to work both as a member of a team and also individually on their own initiative.

Due to the nature of the role, the successful candidate will be expected to be able to travel extensively within the region.


About NEPIC – the North East Process Industry Cluster

NEPIC, the North East Process Industry Cluster, is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the needs and interests of the chemical-processing sector in the North East of England. Essentially, they exist to ensure industry in this region thrives – and that there are investments, innovations and a network that creates jobs and opportunities long into the future.

By working closely with member companies, NEPIC forge meaningful business relationships that allow them to identify opportunities, facilitate connections, promote collaboration and best practice sharing, and enable growth. NEPIC also work actively beyond their traditional stakeholder base, engaging with universities, research institutes and public bodies to leverage additional value for the sector.

The Cluster covers a broad sweep of chemistry focussed industries including petrochemicals, polymers & materials, fine & speciality chemicals, minerals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and renewables – and with its members and industry leads, work to build upon the already powerful industrial base located here to make this region one of the most competitive and successful chemical-processing locations in Europe.

Teesside’s chemical and process sector is worth an estimated £800 million (GVA) to the UK economy. It is the largest single cluster of process, chemicals and energy companies anywhere in the UK, and the second largest in the whole of Europe. Together they employ 7,500 people locally and many more through the local supply chain. It is estimated that 32,000 jobs within Teesside’s downstream chemical-using industries – including healthcare, electronics, automotive and textiles – rely on the continued success of the sector.


How to Apply

For informal enquiries please contact Philip Aldridge or Dave Robson at philip.aldridge@nepic.co.uk / dave.robson@nepic.co.uk. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

All applicants are asked to submit:

A CV and covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above. Applications should be emailed to lynne.aungiers@nepic.co.uk by midnight on the 25th August 2020.

Next Steps

The assessment for the post will include a brief presentation and panel interview. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and assessment, currently anticipated to take place in early September 2020.

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