East Midlands Chamber


Senior Innovation & Growth Specialist

Ongoing (we close ongoing adverts once sufficient applications are received)

£52,500 to £55,000 per annum

Fixed term until 31 March 2025, full time (35 hours per week)

Derby, Leicester or Nottingham with agile working (Lincoln based applicants also considered). Additional travel required

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Why the post exists

Have you got an understanding of investment raising and UK Government Future Economies? Do you have experience as a successful team leader? Are you passionate about supporting businesses to succeed? If so, you could be our next senior.

The Chamber’s partnership with Innovate UK, is pivotal to the dispersion of support to the regions innovative, high growth businesses. To support this workstream you will operate as an experienced coach, mentor, critical friend, and champion for a group of clients.

In addition, you will support the development of our Innovation and Growth Specialists, and the delivery of Innovate UK Business Growth support.

This contract is funded through Innovate UK.


Key areas of responsibility

  • Help define team delivery plans, resource allocation and feedback on impact measures.
  • To manage a team of multi-disciplinary innovation and growth specialists, adopting a client centric approach to ensuring the client receives a full wrap round support service. Managing individual performances, goal setting and completing appraisals.
  • To provide senior level strategic engagement and support for key client relationships.
  • To ensure that team members have a balanced portfolio of companies, and that interactions and support is provided to the highest standard.
  • To understand and optimise team strengths and ensure the best support is provided for the client, where necessary cross-referencing to other Innovation and Growth Specialists.
  • Resolve queries, problems or challenges in collaboration with the team, where necessary assuming responsibility to provide swift and effective resolution through the escalation process to ensure optimum client satisfaction.
  • To ensure process and operation compliance and reporting internally and externally across the team.
  • Accountable for regularly reporting client activity and project progress and performance against pre-determined KPI’s to Senior Management.

For more information please click here to view the job description and person specification.


Ideally applicants will possess

  • Experience in leading and managing high performing teams.
  • Experience working with and influencing at C-Suite level high growth and R&D focused businesses.
  • Experience working in or across the following innovation domains: Nett zero, healthy living and Agritech, digital and technologies. Knowledge/Experience of working in emerging markets.
  • Demonstrable interest in and understanding of investment finance and business sustainability issues.
  • Critical appraisal of bids for innovation funding.
  • Understanding of the business support landscape together with funding and support available through Innovate UK.


What you can expect in return


25 days holiday plus bank holidays each year (pro rata for part time)


8% non-contributory pension scheme


Wellbeing support including access to Westfield Health plan, Mental Health First Aiders, self help toolkits, discounts and more


Your Birthday off plus an extra day of leave after 5 and 10 years' service


Life assurance (death in service support scheme) for your beneficiaries


Dress for the day policy and agile working practices (role dependent)


2 CSR days to take per year (volunteering activity)


Access to tax-free childcare and Bike2Work schemes


Special leave for bereavement, compassionate leave & dependent related time off


Learning and development opportunities


Flexibility to take unpaid leave, paid study leave & special leave for territorial army


Recognition and engagement schemes including our Our Stars


Tax free 45p per business mile for cars (up to 10,000 miles per year)


Employee social events

Company Overview

About us

East Midlands Chamber is a well-respected and award winning organisation that aims to enhance businesses and communities in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. With more than 4,000 members, we have established a reputation as the voice of the region's economy.

How to apply

Found a great role? It’s easy to work for us. Simply follow the three steps below. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Complete our equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) monitoring form here. You can learn about why we collect this information and how it is utilised in the form introduction.

Send your CV and a covering letter detailing why you believe that you will add value to the role and the Chamber to recruitment@emc-dnl.co.uk with the subject line as the vacancy reference, EMC21.

Alternatively, post your application to: FAO HR department, East Midlands Chamber, Commerce House, Millennium Way, Dunston Road, Chesterfield, S41 8ND

Applications that do not include both a CV and covering letter will not be considered.

If you’re successful at this stage, you will be invited for an interview. If you’re unsuccessful, the Chamber’s HR team will let you know by email.

First, you’ll be invited to interview onsite at our Nottingham office. If your interview goes well, you may be invited to attend a second interview or offered the role. Some interviews might require you to compile some research or to prepare a presentation. At the end of the interview, the interviewer will confirm the timeline for next steps.

Interviews usually last around an hour with a mix of competency based interview questions, and in some cases, we might ask you to carry out some practical exercises.

Decisions will be made at each stage of the process, as we score applicants against the role criteria. If you’re successful, we will contact you to make an offer. This will be followed up in writing and a contract will be sent to you once a start date is confirmed. You will receive information on your induction and what you will do on your first day. If you have any questions, please just get in touch.

If you’re unsuccessful, we will either write to you or contact you by telephone, and if you’ve attended an interview we’re more than happy to provide feedback. You’re welcome to apply again for another role in the future.

Chamber Statement

East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) is an equal opportunities employer and Disability Confident Leader.

All suitably qualified people are encouraged to apply for vacancies regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Applicants require current eligibility to live and work in the UK, they must also disclose any unspent convictions or cautions and company director disqualifications in their covering letter. Please inform recruitment@emc-dnl.co.uk of any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process. The business is dedicated to retaining talent and therefore it may decide to prioritise and support internal applicants.