Senior Innovation Project Leader


Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Senior Innovation Project Leader


Location: UK - Cambridge/Middlesbrough/Sheffield/Port Talbot

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full time

Salary: Competitive rate

Description of role:

TWI is a world leading research and technology business, internationally renowned for its expertise in structural integrity, materials and joining technologies. The TWI provides research, innovation, testing, software and consultancy services to develop new technologies, improve existing industrial processes and ensure safe and profitable operation of engineering assets. We undertake projects for clients in a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, power generation, automotive, aerospace, and construction.

The Technology Innovation Management Section oversees innovation consultancy services for TWI, focused on the development of new technologies through collaborative research and development projects. The section specialises in developing high quality proposals and applying for research grants against funding bodies such as Innovate UK and Horizon Europe.

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated candidate with an innovative mind set and a passion for linking strategy and innovation, developing technologies through business relationships and aligning new products ideas, 'go to market' strategies. The suitable candidate will work within our Innovation Consultancy Team to ensure the successful support to our network through innovation consultancy in the area of engineering research and innovation and public funding.

The main duties and responsibilities for this position are:

  • Leading proposals development for grant funding.
  • Combining wide-ranging expertise for front-end concept development, engaging with a broad spectrum of organisations, including Academic Institutions, SMEs and Large Enterprises.
  • Supporting Innovation Centre (IC) and Virtual Innovation Centre (VIC) clients, working with ICs and VICs to generate collaborative proposal research ideas to be pitched to public funding programmes (UK and EU).
  • Ensuring that strong research proposal concepts are developed for ICs and VICs prior to handing these over to the proposal delivery team, assessing innovative concepts against public funding requirements.
  • Researching and liaising with industrial and research partners to gather information for the preparation of public funding proposals.
  • Conducting market research and analysis, including new industry trends and future technologies.
  • Prioritising incoming work, adapting to meet internal and external customer requirements and working to deadlines.
  • Supporting the growth of TWIIN (TWI Innovation Network).

An academic qualification in Engineering is essential, experience in grant funding and proposal development would be advantageous.

High quality written and verbal communication skills are essential, as you will confidently deal directly with clients in order to develop new business opportunities. You will have advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Excel and Word. You will be self-motivated, very flexible and proactive and have the ability to work to deadlines, and be expected to prioritise your workload. Candidates will demonstrate effective team working skills, adaptability when working in multidisciplinary groups and across tasks and liaising with people across the business.


This position may require regular travel both in the UK and abroad.

About us:

TWI Ltd is a world expert in engineering, materials and joining technologies with significant property assets. We provide industry with advice and know-how in design, fabrication, failure analysis and prevention.

We offer opportunities to collaborate with inspiring and expert teams and a supportive environment in which you are actively encouraged to share your ideas and continually develop your own skills and knowledge.

If you are looking to join an organisation that is fuelled by innovation, teamwork, and openness, this role could be for you.

Diversity statement:

TWI Ltd is committed to treating all employees fairly and to being an inclusive employer. Our aim is to create a work environment where our employees can reach their full potential. We put Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of our people practices to attract, develop and retain the best talent.


We recognise that it’s the differences of our people that gives us our competitive edge and enables us to maintain our world leading reputation. This is why we are committed to ensuring there is diversity across every level of our organisation; representative of the Members and societies we serve. We have made Inclusion our number one corporate value to demonstrate our commitment to ensure it is at the core of everything we do at TWI.

Why work for TWI?

We offer a competitive salary, share-in-success bonus scheme, generous pension scheme (both employee contribution (flexible amount) and TWI contribution (up to 10% of salary), holiday (25 days + 8 bank holiday’s), private health and dental cover, career development and training, onsite employee restaurant, onsite gym, day nursery available for companies on Granta Park (Cambridge) site (subject to availability), onsite parking and more.

We know that balancing work and personal life can at times be challenging. This is why we continue to review and implement family friendly policies including hybrid working, flexible working, enhanced maternity pay and paid parental leave.

External funding:

If this position is to be based in our Port Talbot office it will be part of an initiative known as AEMRI (Advanced Engineering Materials Research Institute), which is funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) using European Regional Development Funds (ERDF). If this position is to be based in our Middlesbrough office it will part of an initiative known as Centre for Materials Integrity which is part funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Closing Date: 10 April 2023

Reference number: 44/23

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TWI Culture

As one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations, we are committed to attracting, motivating and retaining the best talent from around the world. Our goal is to develop the next generation of experts to address future industry challenges.

We are committed to creating a culture that recognises and respects the differences between people while valuing the contribution everyone makes to TWI.

We recognise the diversity of our staff and students makes a positive and important contribution to our continuing success.

TWI offers a comprehensive training programme, incorporating both in-house and external courses to support staff development.

TWI Values:


Building effective working relationships, we accomplish more together

Innovation and Expertise

Championing new ideas and sharing knowledge with each other

Taking responsibility

Achieving our objectives and personal development

Customer focus

Building trusting relationships with our customers


Accepting and engaging positively with change


Valuing the contribution from every individual, creating value for our customers

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