Principal Innovation Manager

Location: Cambridge

Contract Type: Permanent Full Time

Closing Date: 03 August 2019

Salary: Competitive

Principal Innovation Manager


Reporting to the Director of Innovation, the Principal Innovation Manager will have responsibility for delivering innovation projects to ensure a pipeline of product development opportunities for sustainable growth of the Eakin Healthcare Group.

The Innovation Team has responsibility for identifying potential opportunities, developing concepts and building business cases for review, ahead of full product development. The role will work closely and collaboratively with other member of the Innovation Team, R&D and Eakin Group companies.

The successful candidate is likely to have worked in a consultancy or company in a front-end innovation or innovation management role; above all they must be able to demonstrate experience of designing, developing, managing and delivering evidence-based projects, preferably of working with multi-disciplinary teams,  translating research into tangible development opportunities with supporting evidence.



Project development, management and delivery

  • Work with Director of Innovation and Eakin companies to develop projects which deliver against the strategic plans for business growth.
  • To manage project teams and work across organisational boundaries to ensure efficient and successful delivery of innovation projects, the outputs of which will be business cases for new product concepts that will be presented to the Board for review and consideration.
  • To manage and contribute to project activities including, but not limited to, gathering market and business intelligence, stakeholder insight, technology scouting, IP landscaping and technology evaluation, concept generation and validation. 

Planning and budgeting

  • Identify and work with third party suppliers e.g. consultancies, as required, to provide additional skills, expertise and resource to deliver projects.
  • Manage the project resources appropriately to ensure projects are delivered within the timescales and budget agreed with the Board.

Mentoring and support

  • Support, through collaborative working and mentoring, to realise the strategic aims of the innovation team, its projects and the wider Group.


  • To identify areas of interest to research both within projects and more widely to explore for future innovation projects
  • Networking, through attendance at conferences, events and other face to face meetings, to gain vital insights into the specific needs of the market for specific projects and for the benefit of the wider group.


  • To adhere to the company’s Equal Opportunities policy and Dignity at work policy in all activities and to actively promote equality of opportunity wherever possible
  • To be responsible for your own health and safety and that of your colleagues, in accordance with the company’s’ Health and Safety policy
  • To adhere to the company’s Quality policy and Environmental policy
  • To undertake other duties as may be reasonably required




  • A life science degree
  • At least 5 years’ demonstrable experience of utilising a range of research approaches such as, stakeholder research, tech scouting, IP analysis
  • Project management
  • Strong analytical, presentation & report writing skills
  • Medical device industry experience


  • Experience in a front-end innovation role
  • Experience of managing external delivery partners
  • Further degree, MSc., PhD




  • Innovation Team
  • R&D
  • Eakin Group companies


  • Collaborators e.g. Universities
  • Suppliers e.g. consultancies



  • Role to be based in Cambridge with frequent travel between Group company locations
  • Occasional international travel



Problem solving – Generates and promotes solutions.  Sees clearly which is the best way forward.  Able to make decisions and commitments within appropriate time frame.

Commercial Orientation – Ensures appropriate data is used to evaluate risks.  Looks at the wider implications and is likely to try to assess the long-term impact.  Influences others and intervenes to get appropriate results

Strategic Awareness – Maintains a strong awareness of long-term goals and plans, keeping the future eventualities and possibilities in mind.  Thinks in a global way and sees the bigger picture.  Is likely to make impact on future direction and outcomes

Resilience – Can work under pressure, remains calm, thinks clearly and manages emotion under pressure. Addresses issues without being aggressive or controlling and can easily bounce back from setbacks. Is open to feedback and doesn’t dwell on past events.

Networking – Feels relaxed about relating to people and soon forges and builds relationships.  Works well in an environment of mutual support and information sharing.  Is not afraid to direct people or ask for their help.

Team Working – Enjoys participating in group activities and likes to work in close proximity with other people.  Is ready to collaborate with and support others and is willing to co-operate and compromise for the overall good. Willingness to both manage and contribute to the delivery of project activities.

Analytical – Enjoys analysing qualitative data but also considers quantitative and seeks to identify and explore they key elements in information before making commitments.  Tends to like to use facts and figures when planning and reporting and is concerned about accuracy and detail

Information Gathering – Enjoys dealing with and refers to factual data.  Likes to be well informed and drills down into details.  Prefers to access wide range of information and opinion before making decisions and when solving problems.

Planning and Organising – Thinks things through well in advance and maps out future activities, taking the key stages and requirements into account.  Likes to monitor to ensure that things are implemented and delivered effectively

Quality Orientation – Is precise, pays attention to details, checks things and ties up ‘loose ends’.  Has a strong conscience about getting things right and seeks to ensure that decisions and solutions do not involve undue risk, adheres to policy and standards. 

Oral Communication – Talks readily and confidently to people, expressing themselves with obvious ease.  Speak out and makes themselves heard, often playing a leading and influential role in debate and discussion.


A ‘can do’ attitude, be able to work on their own initiative, and work in a fast-paced environment managing multiple workstreams.

Technical aptitude – has a good fundamental life science background with the ability to quickly understand and build on new information relevant to projects, is curious and able to use knowledge to build and explore new possibilities.

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