Hethel Innovation are seeking a graduate who has a scientific degree, to join a new EU funded innovation project called Innovation New Anglia. The £1.57M three-year project will provide innovation-led support to small and medium-sized companies across Norfolk and Suffolk. The role is therefore part-funded by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund.

The successful candidate will work as part of an existing team to deliver HIL’s innovation support programme at Norwich Research Park, with activities tailored to your specific degree and skill-set.

Applications are invited from graduates with the following backgrounds:

  • Biology / Biological Sciences
  • Food Science
  • Business Studies

Main Duties of the Role

  • Delivering business support, using the tools and techniques developed in the region
  • Brokering collaborations between universities and businesses
  • Developing networks – organising events & meetings
  • Marketing e.g. maintaining websites, developing brochures, event diaries, flyers, posters etc.
  • Delivering training workshops
  • Representing HIL at various events e.g. local careers events
  • Research, report-writing, presentation-making and general administrative work

Salary and Location

The starting salary for the position will be £18,000, rising up to £24,000 with experience. Please note, this position is part-funded by the European Union European Regional Development Fund. The position is a full-time, permanent position based at the Centrum building at Norwich Research Park in Norwich. The successful candidate will be expected to travel in the region, and attend team meetings at Hethel Engineering Centre in Norfolk.


Formal line and performance management will be provided by Hethel Innovation, but day-to-day guidance and support from Norwich Research Park Management team.

Job Type

Full-time, permanent.

Skills Required:

  • A scientific or business degree, or with equivalent work related experience
  • An excitement for exploring new areas of knowledge
  • Real world experience of the innovation & product development process
  • A track record of building strong networks
  • A self-starting and motived attitude, with the ability to achieve great results within minimum supervision
  • Good written English – the ability to express yourself eloquently
  • The willingness to learn quickly
  • Excellent time management and organisation
  • The ability to meet deadlines and handle a busy workload
  • The confidence to speak to new people
  • Complete computer competency and willingness to learn new things e.g. websites

Personal Specification

Critical Desirable How Identified
Qualifications Degree in biology / biological sciences / food sciences / business studies CV
Skills / Attributes Excellent written and verbal communication skills

An excitement for exploring new areas of knowledge

Confidence to meet and present in front of new people

Ability to build strong relationships

Ability to multi-task, and manage a heavy workload

Excellent time management and organisational skills

Able to work to deadlines and meet targets

A self-starting and motived attitude, with the ability to achieve great results within minimum supervision

Complete computer competency, and willingness to learn new things e.g. websites

Good written English is essential



Knowledge Understanding of the start-up process for businesses, and key components to a business plan CV


Qualities A team-player, who is happy to work both with others and individually

Flexible and adaptable



Circumstances Current, full driving licence, with access to a vehicle

Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends, when required




To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Sophie Mayes, Innovation New Anglia Project Coordinator at: smayes@hethelinnovation.com

Please make it clear in your covering letter that you meet the essential criteria of the Personal Specification.