Director of Innovation Policy

Nesta Director of Innovation Policy
Location London, UK
Application deadline 1 April 2019
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary Circa GBP75,000 plus excellent benefits
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Nesta is a unique endowment-backed organisation with a global outlook and a mission to support innovation for social good. Our approach combines research, practical programmes, investment and communications to shape, test and scale bold new ideas that improve lives. We are now looking for an original thinker and persuasive communicator to lead our work on transforming innovation policy.

The Role

Reporting to the Executive Director of Research, Analysis and Policy, the Director of Innovation Policy is a senior leadership position within Nesta. Working with a high calibre research team, we offer an opportunity to build a strong public profile as an expert on innovation, technology and future economy and to apply your political acumen, networks and strategic nous to developing creative policy proposals for lasting change.

Key roles and responsibilities

You will have significant proven expertise in innovation policy, economic policy and industrial strategy or similar, and be fluent with key arguments and frameworks from economics and other relevant disciplines. You will also demonstrate expertise in new technology trends and share our values and commitment to shaping these for public benefit. You will show evidence of being a highly credible public commentator, analyst and source of original ideas. Anyone occupying this role will need to be able to communicate complex research in compelling ways, provide inspiring leadership, and as a superb collaborator, help develop new partnerships to grow our impact.

Experience and skills

This is an exceptional moment for this new role. Are you fascinated by new global trends in technology, innovation, business and public policy? Are you passionate about applying innovation to the most important problems? Do you want to shape a future economy that puts the UK at the cutting edge of global innovation while leaving no one behind? Then this could be the perfect job for you.