Greater Cambridge Partnership Head of Innovation

£70,026 - £75,644
16 Feb 2021
10 Mar 2021
Job role
Head of Service
Contract Type
Full time

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is responsible for transforming Greater Cambridge through a City Deal aimed at unlocking the economic growth potential of the area over the coming decades and realising thousands of new jobs and homes.

As Head of Innovation, you will lead the trialling, testing and integration of technology-led innovation in the delivery of the GCP’s c£1bn investment programme. As our strategic lead for innovation and smart technology, you will be an integral part of the GCP senior leadership team, tasked with ensuring that the GCP programme reflects the high standard of technological excellence for which the Greater Cambridge area is renowned. You will ensure that innovative technological solutions are at the heart of the GCP’s delivery programme.

With extensive experience of building the case for investment in innovation, you will be required to undertake commissioning and oversee delivery of strategically important projects and programmes. Areas of focus may include, but are not limited to: sensor technology, autonomous vehicle technology, digital and energy-driven technology and concepts to support sustainable targets.

The GCP needs a driven leader who can inspire and collaborate with key civic, academic and business stakeholders with authority in relation to innovative concepts and emerging technology. Navigating a complex governance environment, you will be politically astute, with the ability to build consensus in order to deliver high levels of impact at a local, sub-regional and national level. You will have a proven track record of successfully managing and delivering significant, complex and IT-enabled projects and programmes.

If you would like any further information on this role, please contact GCP Chief Executive Rachel Stopard ( or Programme Director for Smart Cambridge Noelle Godfrey ( If you would prefer to speak to Rachel directly, please contact her Executive Assistant ( to arrange a telephone appointment.

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Applications should be submitted by midday (12:00pm) on the 10th of March. Please include a CV and covering letter of up to 4 pages with your application, outlining your suitability for the role. We aim to hold interviews for this position, which will be held over Teams or Zoom, in the week commencing 22nd March.