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An Innovation Lead to join our team

Innovation Lead

This role will identify and manage opportunities for the industrial and commercial exploitation of research focused on creating meaningful outcomes and significant regional economic impact.

Key Information

  • Contract – full-time, permanent
  • Salary up to £40,000 depending on qualifications and/or experience
  • Based at the Innovation Centre, Queen’s Road, Belfast (hybrid working arrangement available)
  • Reporting to the Director of Strategic Business Development
  • Closing Monday 27th March at 12 noon


Benefits of working at Catalyst

Competitive Benefits Package
Private medical insurance for you and your dependents
Generous pension contribution
Generous life assurance policy
Enhanced parental leave packages
Free open access to company organised events
Free parking onsite
Learning and development opportunities


  • To identify, plan and implement strategic engagements with existing tenants and partners. This will entail the establishment of new relationships and brokering interactions between industry and academic partners.
  • Devise strategies and develop opportunities and consortia to deepen Collaborative R&D engagement in key clusters.
  • Proactively develop strategies and prepositions to identify new revenue opportunities.
  • Design and deliver impactful activities to meet or exceed stakeholders’ research and innovation objectives and defined metrics.
  • Educating tenants, partners, and broader stakeholders on the value of research, innovation, and the wider Open Innovation projects at Catalyst.
  • Support the identification and development of new opportunities in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship and Scaling teams to support the engagement on the Catalyst Belfast campus.
  • Representing the Catalyst Open Innovation team at events, workshops, and meetings with partners
  • To perform extensive market analysis to explore development opportunities for the research being undertaken within Catalyst and its innovation network.
  • To develop new business models, mechanisms, and contracts to ensure the rapid and smooth transfer of new Innovation knowledge and expertise to industry and/or relevant agencies.
  • Work with the marketing team to ensure all marketing collateral and PR activities is relevant to Catalyst’s Open Innovation network.
  • Undertaking any other reasonable duties which fall within the remit of this role.

Essential Criteria

  • Previous experience working in an innovative and entrepreneurial environment
  • Demonstrable track record in fostering and managing strategic research and Innovation partnerships and engagements between industry, universities, research institutions and government departments and agencies.
  • Strong customer focus with the ability to use initiative and think creatively to identify and develop effective corporate relationships and/or opportunities to grow revenue.
  • Able to effectively communicate complex ideas and stakeholder needs into clear and easily interpretable briefs which are accessible to different audiences
  • Excellent business networking skills
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Excellent analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • A proven team player

Desirable Criteria

  • Degree qualification
  • Experience of Health and Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing and Carbon NetZero sectors

Special Requirements

  • Proof of right to work in the UK
  • On occasions to work evenings and weekends for events
  • Full current driving licence (valid in the UK) and access to a car or access to a form of transport which will permit the applicant to carry out the duties of the post in full.

More info about Catalyst

  • About Catalyst

    Catalyst is an independent, not for profit organisation. We work for the greater good to build a connected innovation community in an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout Northern Ireland.


    ​​The epicentre of Northern Ireland’s tech sector, we provide everything that innovators and entrepreneurs need to reach higher and succeed faster – a home, business support, connected networks and much more besides.


    ​We invest, pro bono, all surplus profits from our property portfolio into nurturing a community-led innovation ecosystem that supports over 900 start-ups, entrepreneurs, and innovators so they can grow, scale and flourish.

  • Diversity and Inclusion at Catalyst

    Diversity and inclusion aren’t boxes to tick on a CSR list. At Catalyst, they’re part of our DNA, lived, breathed, seen, and heard across our community, projects, and co-working spaces.


    We not only want to foster and empower a culture of innovation, but also an environment where people can be their true, authentic self and thrive, and we’re proud to be recognised by the Diversity Charter for achieving Silver status, with ambitions to progress to Gold.


    As an equal-opportunity employer, we recruit based solely on the individual’s ability to perform the role, and that’s allowed us to create an inclusive workplace which celebrates the diversity of our teams and community.

  • Working at Catalyst

    Catalyst is Northern Ireland’s most exciting employer. With a strong purpose of creating world class innovation communities in Northern Ireland, this is a workplace brimming with ambition to create social, cultural, and economic advantage.

Have a question?

Contact Emma at emma.green@wearecatalyst.org

Emma Green

Emma Green

HR Officer

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