Innovation Coordinator and Change Manager (KTP Associate)

University of Strathclyde in partnership with Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN)Location: Hamilton (South Lanarkshire)
Salary: £27k-£34k plus £5k development budget
Closing Date: 11th November 2018

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious graduate to work with Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a three-way project between a graduate, a business and a university. Graduates are recruited to manage strategic projects within the company, while being supported by a dedicated academic supervisor.

It is expected that the candidate will have either a Master’s degree with relevant Industrial experience and/or a PhD in a specialist area. Honours graduates will only be considered with associated industrial background. The successful candidate will lead an ambitious project to bring about new innovation management practices and culture change. The Associate will take ownership of activities that are core to the development of the organisation’s innovation strategy, providing the opportunity to apply current knowledge as well as develop new skills. Applicants should have strong inter-personal skills as this post requires an individual who is confident and has the ability to communicate clearly and effectively to people in all levels of the organisation. It would also be an advantage to hold a clean drivers licence, as there may be some occasional travel within the UK.

SPEN is an Electricity Distribution and Transmission Network Operator for Central and Southern Scotland and Merseyside, North Wales and Chester, It is part of the Scottish Power group. It supplies 3.5 million customers, with a network value of over £10bn. Innovation is central to SPEN’s ability to provide continuous high quality customer service and reduce costs, while facilitating the transition to a low carbon economy. Innovation is central to identify new approaches and solutions for the efficient operation and management of the network.

The successful candidate will undertake a thirty month collaborative project, based between the Scottish Power headquarters in the city centre and Ochil House, Hamilton International Business Park. The project will build upon current innovation activities undertaken in SPEN; assessing, refining and building on initiatives and processes for innovation. You will be instrumental in the design and development of a tailored process for innovation management, from ideation, to concept and through to delivery. This important strategic change project will transform culture, embed innovation as business as usual and ensure SPEN’s sustainability as the energy landscape evolves. You will receive extensive practical and formal training, gain highly valued specialist innovation management skills, broaden knowledge and experience within a complex industrial sector and be supported by commercial and academic mentors.

Over and above these professional development opportunities, the post includes a generous personal development budget and an opportunity to register for a postgraduate research qualification. With the support of academic experts and a KTP Adviser this is an excellent opportunity which offers an extremely interesting, varied and challenging role.

Brief Outline of Job:

The aim of this project to effect strategic change, accelerate innovation implementation, enhance innovation capability and knowledge through the development of a tailored innovation management process.

Main Activities/Responsibilities:

1. Prepare a situational analysis of the current innovation position across SP Energy Networks. Lead the development of an integrated research protocol for the study of innovation management and innovation process models.

2. Map current innovation processes and initiatives with associated business units. Using data gathered, carry out analysis and benchmark current state.

3. Assess impact and build upon SP Energy Networks year of innovation engagement activities.

4. Develop and design tailored process for innovation management from ideation through to delivery.

5. Test process and support ongoing implementation of the innovation management procedure.

6. Determine routes for full integration of the innovation management procedure.

7. Lead the delivery of awareness building workshops, to enable full roll-out to business units

8. Produce milestone reports and present work at project review meetings

9. Completion of KTP Final Report.

10. Involvement in dissemination activities including trade publications, case studies, academic papers and external presentations.

Person Specification

Educational and/or Professional Qualifications (E=Essential, i.e. a candidate must meet all essential criteria to be considered for selection, D=Desirable)

E1 2.1 Honours or Master’s degree with industrial experience in innovation, supply chain management, business management, marketing or related discipline D1 Post graduate qualification in appropriate specialist area Experience

E2 Background in project management, ideally with previous experience in developing and implementing process improvements within innovation. D2 Experience of engaging and communicate with diverse stakeholders. Some experience in design thinking and SCRUM would be advantageous D3 Experience writing reports for technical and non-technical audiences D4 An understanding of innovation management practices and protocols

E3 Ability to coordinate communication activities in order to initiate culture change Job Related Skills and Achievements

E4 Ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary team

E5 Ability to work under pressure, be driven to deliver results, and be open and willing to undertake new challenges and learn new skills

E6 Ability to plan scenarios, prioritise and implement design procedures

E7 Excellent IT skills, including proficiency in using spreadsheets and databases Personal Attributes E8 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present information in an accessible way to a range of audiences

E9 Energetic and positive and have an ability to think outside the box the place of useful learning 163416 The University of Strathclyde is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, number SC015263 3

E10 Enthusiastic with the ability to influence people and change habits and norms

E11 Excellent organisational skills Other Relevant Factors

E12 Motivated with a strong drive towards the achievement of the project deliverables

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