Senior Advisor (Commercial)

Health Innovation East has an exciting opportunity for a  senior advisor to join our commercial team.

Salary: £47,039 – £66,504 dependent on experience

Hours of work: Full time – 37.5 hours per week

Deadline: 11 March 2024

Date of interview: 14 or 15 March 2024

This is a chance to join a fast growing, dynamic company, whose purpose is to turn great ideas into positive health impact. Citizens, academia, health services and industry achieve more working together than in isolation. As part of a national network, we make this happen by bringing together all partners in the health sector, to develop and deliver innovative care.  We are an independent company funded mostly through public money from the NHS, but we work with a wide range of innovative organisations in the public and private sectors.

A bit more about the role

The commercial team lead the OLS commission focused on providing direct support to innovators and companies to both develop healthcare innovations and support their translation into practice within the East of England.  The post holder will be expected to support SMEs and large corporates on their journey to spread and adoption readiness.  This involves providing advice and guidance on areas including market access, commercialisation and IP to support growth and scale-up.  As part of this programme, we help leverage (public or private) funding as the companies we support grow and stimulate new jobs for our region.

The second element of the role is focused on adoption of innovation into the healthcare setting and will involve working closely with Health Innovation East’s NHS-facing teams. The post holder will play a crucial role in the identification, assessment and introduction of new innovations that meet established NHS needs.

The post holder will be expected to possess senior credibility and experience within the life sciences/medtech business or regulatory sectors with proven business development experience. It is essential that the post holder has a good understanding of the challenges faced in healthcare and the breadth, competitive landscape and future trends of innovations relevant to the health and social care sector.

The post holder will require programme management expertise in order to design, implement and oversee delivery of the wide range of activities across the business development portfolio.  This will require a flexible, advisory mindset with the ability to engage with different stakeholder groups from public and private sectors, an ability to draw insights from a breadth of quantitative and qualitative data sources and to navigate complex processes to create positive health care impact for our region’s communities.

The post holder will be responsible for leading events and other initiatives, both in person and hybrid, to support the innovator ecosystem at locations across the East of England and on occasion in other Health Innovation Network geographies as required.

The post holder will be expected to contribute to expanding Health Innovation East’s commissioned work to support diversification of our corporate income with a track record in leveraging funding and/or generating return on investment across applicable projects.

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a pension scheme with up to 10% matched company contributions, access to an employee assistance programme, learning and development opportunities, and 27 days paid leave in addition to bank holidays.

How to apply

To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter by 23:59pm Monday 11 March 2024 to specifying your motivation. For an informal discussion, please contact

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We are committed to the employment and career development of people living with a disability. As part of this commitment, we operate a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants living with a disability who in the collective opinion of the selection panel meet the essential criteria for the role for which they have applied. If you wish to be considered for this scheme, please advise by no later than the closing date above.

We really encourage applications from suitably qualified candidates, particularly from diverse backgrounds, so that we truly represent the rich diversity of our region.  Please consider filling in an equality and diversity monitoring form.  The completion of this form is entirely optional and there are no consequences for your application if you choose not to provide such information. It will not be seen by anyone involved in shortlisting applicants for interview, or anyone involved in the interview itself. The information provided will be kept confidential and will be used for monitoring purposes only.

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