Seeking an Innovation Lead to join our team

Axillium is seeking a commercially focused Innovation Lead to take responsibility for the successful delivery of our portfolio of R&D projects and to support business development activities to achieve the company’s strategic objectives.

This is a challenging role with room for growth and would suit someone driven by job satisfaction in a people-oriented company.  Someone who thrives on autonomy and who wishes to make a positive contribution to the future success and direction of our business.

This role will report to the General Manager, and responsibilities will include:

  • developing, managing and maintaining client relationships and fostering their active interest in our services
  • operating our innovation projects, programmes and clusters
  • establishing and maintaining relationships with funding stakeholders and industry organisations
  • adhering to and promoting our bespoke innovation management framework
  • supporting and sometimes leading workshops with clients
  • coordinating and contributing to the timely creation of bids and commercial proposals for the company, and as part of our service offering
  • supporting contractual negotiations during the contracting stage of business development
  • supporting the GM in developing business cases for the launch of new services
  • staying abreast of developments in the sectors that we operate in

Our ideal candidate is a strong communicator, who understands the importance of building and maintaining relationships both internally and externally.  In addition to their “can do” mentality, they will:

  • be degree qualified, ideally in a digital/engineering discipline, or have significant equivalent experience
  • have experience working with academia in a technology or engineering role
  • have management experience and/or technology consulting experience
  • have knowledge of one or more of our key sectors i.e. automotive, aerospace, digital, defence
  • understand technologies and processes to a level that enables discussion with specialist academics and seniors in organisations of all sizes
  • be able to demonstrate your ability to evaluate business needs and identify technical solutions to solve business problems
  • have proven ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with key funding stakeholders and sector organisations
  • have experience of UK Government funding bodies, their mechanisms and requirements
  • be a member of relevant professional bodies (e.g. IMechE, IET)
  • have an agile approach to work and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • hold a full UK driving license and would be willing to travel for work

What we can offer you:

  • Competitive salary
  • Company pension
  • Company performance-based bonus
  • Employee Ownership Scheme
  • Investment in training and development
  • Career progression

If this role is of interest to you then you can apply by emailing your CV to Lynette Searle at  Please include a brief covering letter giving details of your salary expectations.

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis with second interviews to be completed by 12th July 2019.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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