1st July 2024

Head of Innovation Consulting

Location: Newcastle or Dundee, UK

Deadline: Sunday 4th August 2024

We are seeking an experienced and ambitious consultant to lead our portfolio of innovation and futures consultancy projects.


This is a unique opportunity for someone with the entrepreneurial drive to build an exciting portfolio in a growing business.

Urban Foresight is pioneering a different approach. Our aim is to provide a better alternative to traditional consultancies. We’re shaping new place-based approaches to transform public services and local economies.

This permanent role will be based in one of our offices (Newcastle or Dundee). Other locations may be considered for outstanding candidates.

You should apply if you are:

  • excited to be involved in cutting-edge projects that make a genuine difference in the world
  • motivated to take a leading role in a growing business
  • enjoy sharing your knowledge and working with passionate people

The role

You will lead a talented team of consultants to win and deliver projects focused on understanding and enhancing innovation systems. This includes strategies and investment programmes to foster regional systems of innovation, drive sector development, establish new innovation hubs, and evaluate innovation funding programmes.

This will build on Urban Foresight’s track record of providing expertise and guidance to governments, businesses, and organisations worldwide.

As part of this role, you will:

  • win and deliver a pipeline of profitable projects
  • develop and maintain strong relationships with clients, stakeholders, and partners
  • develop and implement a strategy to grow our market position
  • take responsibility for managing the financial performance, quality of work, and contractual liabilities for your group’s portfolio
  • be responsible for the appraisal, performance, development, morale, and motivation of staff
  • be a valuable member of Urban Foresight’s senior leadership team

Skills and experience

We’re keen to meet people from a range of backgrounds.

The ideal candidate would have experience of:

  • successfully developing and delivering projects for public and private sector clients.
  • leading consultancy teams to win and deliver work
  • advising senior public, private, and third sector clients
  • developing high-quality business cases, feasibility studies, strategies, and evaluation reports
  • managing resources, budgets, and complex contracts
  • successful bid writing and business development to generate secure revenue streams


About Urban Foresight

Urban Foresight is the UK’s leading place-based innovation consultancy. We are a purpose-driven business that works with ambitious clients around the world on projects to improve lives, protect the environment, and create new economic opportunities.

Our success is based on a multi-disciplinary team with shared values and diverse expertise across a range of sectors.

We think deeply about how to turn good ideas into great projects that can have a lasting and transformational impact.

The ideal candidate will be excited about what we do and keen to contribute to our mission to make good things happen.


How to apply

Applications should be made in the form of a full CV and covering letter sent to: people@urbanforesight.org by 4th August 2024.

Please indicate in your covering letter your salary expectations and notice period.

Urban Foresight strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons.

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