Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC244084
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £47725 - £53028
Date Posted 29 January 2018
Grade RC-F
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 February 2018
Interview Date

Salary: £47,725 to £53,028
Grade: RC-F
Contract Type: Fixed Term (2years)
Hours: Full Time. Part time/flexible hours will be considered
Closing Date: 25th February 2018
Interview Date: TBC

Sci-Tech Daresbury’s mission is to integrate world-class science and technology with innovation and business enterprise within a dynamic campus setting. To deliver this mission, driving business growth through cluster development rooted in our technology specialisms is a key requirement.

By drawing on the campus’ scientific assets and expertise, to include high-specification, fully fitted laboratory facilities and the deployment of computing, sensor and 3d printing technology, there is a strong base from which to develop the concept of a med tech cluster. Ensuring that our network of companies are in the best position to succeed in taking heath care products to market is also a priority.

The Medtech Cluster Development Manager is a newly created post shared across the Innovation Agency and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the post holder will be employed by STFC reporting to the Campus Business Development Director. As the role is jointly funded by STFC and the Innovation Agency, there is a requirement to work across both organisations to deliver a co-ordinated action plan to ensure the continued growth and success of the Cluster and to build cross-disciplinary links with a broader range of activities on the Sci-Tech Daresbury campus and the surrounding region. The post has the following responsibilities:

  • drive the strategic and operational development of a regional Medtech cluster out of Sci-Tech Daresbury working closely with the Innovation Agency, the Local Enterprise Partnerships, Bionow, Department of Industry and Trade (DIT) and other regional Stakeholders
  • build on the synergies and create opportunities between Medtech companies in the region and on the campus from young technology companies through to established corporates to create a vibrant and growing cluster that encompasses the whole supply chain
  • develop and implement a strategy for attracting inward investment into the Cluster, in collaboration with key stakeholders such as DIT and the LEP’s in the North West to co-ordinate a compelling and attractive offer for the sector
  • establish and manage the membership of a Cluster Development Group with an appropriate membership base to guide the development and direction of the med tech cluster as well as support the overarching Campus Cluster Steering Board at Daresbury
  • build strong strategic partnerships with relevant organisations to support the growth of the cluster 
  • build closer alignment between the components of the cluster; businesses large and small, NHS, academia, the supply chain, investor community, specialist expertise and sector specific initiatives
  • support businesses in navigating and understanding the expertise available along the medtech development pathway and route to market, both into the NHS but also internationally
  • identify and exploit any cross-disciplinary links with other clusters on the Campus and in the North West region
  • work collaboratively within the STFC Cluster development team to exploit synergies with other Clusters on the STFC Campuses, in particular with the HealthTec Cluster at Harwell
  • ensure effective promotion and/or co-ordination and/or implementation of business and government initiatives to benefit the cluster and seek out new opportunities that will support cluster development and business growth  
  • develop the med tech accelerator programme at Sci-Tech Daresbury for early stage medical technology companies in the North West region or who would locate to the North West region to ensure successful implementation and outcomes
  • lead on the promotion of the cluster, outreach activity and the organisation and management of cluster specific events in collaboration with the STFC Impact and Engagement Teams at Sci-Tech Daresbury (marketing)
  • facilitate the growth of the med tech cluster in the NW through pro-active business engagement and linkages to R&D assets and specialist support at Sci-Tech Daresbury and other relevant facilities in the region
  • seek out opportunities for partnership working and lead the development of joint bids/tenders for grant funding and initiatives to benefit the growth of the cluster.

Shortlisting & Interview Criteria


  • educated to degree level in a business or STEM related subject or equivalent experience
  • extensive and proven experience in life sciences/med tech/healthcare organisation or industry in a business or commercial development role
  • strong stakeholder management experience at a senior level 
  • proven experience of interacting with senior level representatives in industry, health care sector and government
  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • high level of creativity and ability to think beyond the status quo to develop new opportunities
  • self-starter, able to work unsupervised and on own initiative to deliver results
  • excellent presentation skills presenting to large audiences
  • flexible team player able to work across multiple teams and organisations to achieve desired outcomes
  • ability to travel across the North West Region and occasionally the UK
  • ability to work flexibly outside standard office hours on occasion to attend early morning/evening events.


  • professional or post graduate qualification (Technical or business discipline)
  • evidence of implementing new initiatives/programmes and seeing them through to fruition
  • knowledge and experience of securing and accessing grant funding
  • bid writing experience.

In addition to a competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages (

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 25th February 2018. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is TBC and will be held at Daresbury site.

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.