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Job Reference ST5974
Location Cardiff
Salary / Hourly Rate £50k-59k per annum
Sector Management
Job Type Contract
Details Full Time
Date Posted 13 Mar 2018

Job Description

Cardiff / Peripatetic
£50,000 - £59,000 per annum, depending on experience
Full Time
Fixed Term Contract aligned with funding, expected to conclude 31st March 2021

Closing date for applications is 17.00, Friday 23 March 2018.
Applications in Welsh or English are welcome.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview on Thursday, 29 March 2018.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Head of the ACCELERATE is critical to the successful delivery of the ACCELERATE project, a health innovation technology accelerator project delivered across the whole of Wales to indigenous and inward-investing opportunities, jointly funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union through European Structural Funds.

The project is delivered through a collaboration of four organisations, including three universities, with a project value of £23.5 million.

The post holder will secure operational alignment amongst the partners, providing strategic direction to ensure that the project goals are delivered in time, in budget and comply with funding requirements. In addition, the Head of ACCELERATE is responsible for delivering the project within a framework of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and targets aligned with the funding requirements and the projects overarching strategic aims of orchestrating the life sciences and health ecosystem to increase the successful translation of research and innovation into new and improved commercial products, processes and services for the health and care sector. The project is also expected to deliver against the cross-cutting themes of equal opportunities, sustainable development, social inclusion and tackling poverty.

Although based in Cardiff, the role is peripatetic therefore the post holder must be able and willing to travel, and spend a high proportion of time in the field.

The success of the role will be assessed against individual objectives. Performance will also be judged against the overall delivery of the strategic / delivery plan against the Award for Funding.


• Be responsible for the operational leadership, management and administration of the project.
Ensuring project activates are integrated into the overall service delivery
• Drive performance and continuous development to ensure that the project meets financial and
non-financial performance and quality targets, executed compliantly and in accordance with
funding requirements.
• Provide effective direction to the delivery teams across the consortium, ensuring excellent
communication along with an agile approach to developing and delivering a cohesive model of
• Work closely with key partners within the public, third and private sectors to enhance the
profile and reputation of the service and to deliver appropriate support for all clients.
• Work with the marketing team to formulate an effective marketing, communications and PR
strategy to engage target markets and motivate action.
• Ensure that the Board, Programme Board and Welsh Government receive appropriate and
robust advice, information and analysis on all relevant matters to enable them to fulfil their
responsibilities in the delivery of the contract and to comply with the requirements of the
Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) / European Regional Development Fund as part of the
delivery of the contract.
• Work with the operations team to coordinate and facilitate operational alignment amongst the

• Act as the senior point of contact for operational delivery of the project.
• Ensure that a clear and achievable delivery plan and operating model is in place to lead the
collaboration in achieving its objectives.
• In agreement with the organisation and the Programme Board, create practical processes and
proposals to develop service offering, report progress, resolve issues and mitigate risks.
• Ensure that the project is delivered in an integrated, compliant and cost-effective manner.
• Be responsible to the Programme Board for the overall financial management of the service;
ensure that expenditure is controlled in line with budgets as approved by funding bodies.
• Work with the operations team and Programme Board to ensure the project has the resources
(people, assets and financial) to operate as effectively as possible.
• Provide direction to partner project leads promoting collaborative working, ensuring clear
understanding of contract KPIs, targets and compliance requirements. Keep their performance
under review and work with the lead in each partner organisation to support the management
of their performance.
• Provide leadership, direction and support to direct reports. Conduct regular one-to-one review
meetings, including half-year appraisals to support development, monitor performance against
strategic objectives and key performance indicators. Implement the company HR policies,
processes and practices to support the health and safety and wellbeing of the team and that
they are adhered to.
• Be the public face of the project, ensuring it is presented in an appropriate and professional
manner and that activity contributes to opportunity pipeline.
• Develop and maintain effective and structured networks with all stakeholders to meet
objectives set, including engaging those in deprived areas and under-represented groups.

• Support CEO and Commercial Director to position Wales as a strong regional life sciences
• Strong communicator, confident to represent the organisation at events, conferences and
engage at senior manager / board level.
• To maintain a high standard of probity in professional, personnel and financial matters,
maintaining good relations with colleagues and external partners and to act in accordance with
the company’s code of conduct.

• Project management tools and techniques e.g. PRINCE2 or similar.
• European Regional Development Fund governance / funding requirements.
• Demonstrable understanding of the life sciences, health and care sector.
• Open innovation processes and practices, ideally in a healthcare or industry environment.
• An appreciation of the political context and framework for a company operating as an ‘arm’s
length body’ of the Welsh Government.

• Delivering ERDF supported initiatives that achieve time-limited contractual objectives and
KPIs, including budgetary and compliance requirements.
• Project management experience ideally involving multiple external partners.
• Performance and risk management.
• Building, leading and motivating teams to deliver results.
• Clinical / scientific background.

• Proven ability in strategic thinking and problem solving.
• Excellent planning and organisational skills including project planning, prioritisation and time
• Intellectual and critical analysis skills to understand a breadth of operational and commercial
problems, then be able to distil these and solve the challenges with the team.
• Collaborative by nature and a strong relationship builder able to communicate and lead,
influencing at all levels of internal and external stakeholders.
• Proactive ambassador, advocate and profile raiser.
• Leadership skills to motivate, guide and develop team and external partners to achieve
performance in line with strategic objectives and KPIs.
• Hands on and visible in the organisation to support the need for change and the development
of the organisation.
• Ability to demonstrate a high level of integrity, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to build
consensus and put a strong emphasis on responsibility and accountability.

• Ability to speak Welsh would be advantageous.
• Willingness to work flexibly to meet the reasonable needs of the company.
• Commitment to working in accordance with the company’s values.
• Self-sufficient in use of information and communications technology.
• Ability to self-manage a full and varied workload.
• Valid driving licence and own transport, or be able to provide alternative, suitable method of

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