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JOB DESCRIPTION POST TITLE: Director of Connect Midlands DEPARTMENT: Warwick Ventures SUB-DEPARTMENT: Connect Midlands POST RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Warwick Ventures SALARY: Negotiable REFERENCE NUMBER: 40767-107 CLOSING DATE: 31 October 2007 JOB PURPOSE: To manage the Connect Midlands business, ensuring effective delivery of the contracts and events within the business. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: These include: Ensuring the effective project and financial management of the contracts and projects within the Connect business, in association with Warwick Ventures staff where necessary. Managing the Connect team so as to provide direct support to science, engineering, technology and high-growth companies and to assist with managing the “readiness “ activity. This includes the Amber Stream workshops, Bootcamps and Green Stream coaching plus other activities as required. Managing the recruitment campaign to identify, screen and select technology and high growth companies. This includes monitoring against project targets and key deliverables. Developing, in association with key regional stakeholders, various mechanisms to manage and sign-post referrals so that technology and high growth companies can be transferred or sign- posted into the Connect programme. Developing sustainable working relationships with the business support, intermediaries, professional services and finance communities. 1. Planning and Organisation The post holder will be responsible for all aspects of the planning, organising and management of the Connect business and its staff. They must be able to work with minimal supervision. 2. Internal and External Relationships (a) Internal The following list indicates the post holder’s most important and frequent internal relationships, but is not exhaustive: Director of Warwick Ventures. Connect Executive Board members. Regional managers of the Connect East and West offices All members of the Connect team. Other staff within Connect Midlands/ Warwick Ventures. Other staff at all levels across the University. (b) External The following list indicates the post holder’s most important and frequent external relationships, but is not exhaustive: Staff at the Regional Development Agencies, Government Office for the East Midlands and other governmental agencies. Sponsoring organisations. Business support, intermediaries, professional services and finance communities. Individual technology companies. Coaches to the technology companies. Staff at all levels in Universities in the East Midlands region. Contractors employed to deliver components of the programme. 3. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed Applicants should be educated to degree level. Business development experience, in particular understanding the needs of technology and high growth companies seeking investment is essential. Previous experience of fund raising and a good knowledge of the investment community are an advantage. They should have excellent communication skills and have a high level of computer literacy. The post-holder will be expected to be well motivated with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, able to manage a team and with proven track record of delivering projects within budget and achieving targets. The job involves travel to venues and clients in the Midlands and elsewhere. In addition, the applicant will need to work unsociable hours on occasion. PERSON SPECIFICATION POST TITLE: Director of Connect Midlands DEPARTMENT: Connect Midlands (Warwick Ventures) The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. REQUIREMENTS ESSENTIAL (E) or MEASURED BY: The postholder must be able DESIRABLE (D) a) Application Form to demonstrate REQUIREMENTS b) Test/Exercise c) Interview d) Presentation A good degree or equivalent E A Experience of business development particularly E A, C regarding technology based or high-growth companies Excellent communication skills E A, C A high level of computer literacy E A, C Ability to show initiative and personal motivation in E A, C the completion of tasks and projects. Ability to lead a team. E A, C Ability to organize self and others to ensure that E A, C objectives are completed and deadlines are met Ability and drive to initiate and implement E A, C improvement actions. Good analytical and problem solving skills. E A, C Attitude of continuous improvement and learning E A, C Experience of fund raising E A, C Good knowledge of the investment community E A, C A high level of competence in the use of Microsoft D A, C office applications. In accordance with the national agenda in higher education to modernise pay and grading structures, the University of Warwick has completed a significant programme of change that has seen the introduction of a new pay spine and single job evaluation scheme. The work commenced in September 2004 and was communicated and implemented across the University in August 2006. All salaries detailed within this recruitment document are post implementation and will be subject to normal salary progression as defined by the relevant terms and conditions of service. In conjunction with this, the University is now working towards harmonising terms and conditions. Further details on this phase of the project will be available shortly. FURTHER PARTICULARS Connect Midlands operates as part of Warwick Ventures and employs 13 staff. It is a facilitator and networking vehicle, bringing together emerging technology businesses with individuals and organisations from the capital, technology, corporate, research and business support communities. It forms part of a global network of 12 Connect organisations and was formally launched in November 2001. Recognising the need to assist companies to become ‘investment ready’, Connect Midlands has run the InvoRed programme since 2003 in the East and West Midlands. A very successful InvoRed pilot programme was completed in the East Midlands in March 2006. Major funding has recently been won to roll out the programme across the region over the next 3 years to March 2009. Connect InvoRed assists science, engineering, technology and high growth companies to raise finance by helping them to shape their business proposals into attractive investment opportunities. It centres on three fundamental elements in preparation for investor readiness: 1. Investment grooming - providing coaching and mentoring support for technology companies to cover issues such as the business model, routes to market, IPR, management team and financial planning. 2. Presentation review - assisting businesses to prepare their pitch. This involves helping companies to understand the information that investors will require and look for, questions they are likely to ask and how they should sell themselves and their proposal to the potential investor. 3. Preparing for the deal - helping companies to identify a potential investor(s) and guidance through the legal and completion process. Connect operates across the Midlands and is managed by two parallel teams. The West Midlands team operates from the University of Warwick Science Park, whilst the East Midlands team is based at Loughborough Innovation Centre on the University of Loughborough campus. Connect is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Warwick Ventures and Connect Midlands Organisation Chart Warwick Ventures Staff Chart Dr. Ederyn Williams Director of Warwick Ventures Dr John Griffiths Sam McClenaghan David Calvert Dr.Shum Prakash Dr.John Mihell Head of Finance Acting Director BDM BDM BDM Connect Midlands Dr Sanjeev Gogna Chris Buck BDM Marketing Manager Dr Suzanne Evans Judith Bodenham BDM Admin. Assistant Richard Comer Paul Jenkinson Regional Regional Manager Manager (East) (West) Giovanni Finocchio Lynn Bowring BDM Finance Manager Vacant Company Rachel Taylor Corine Bowell Relations Marketing Executive Christine Rockey Senior Finance Cara Curran (temp) Executive Project Co-ordinator Assistant Marketing Manager Nicole Green Project Co-ordinator Adam Litt Project Assistant Helen O’Connor Project-Assistant Updated October 2007 Staff Location: University House 11 Warwick Science Park 6 Loughborough Innovation Centre 6 Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy (Developed in line with the CRB Disclosure information pack, part DIP011) This Policy applies to all staff recruitment at the University of Warwick. As an organisation using the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies fully with the CRB Code of Practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. It undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. The University of Warwick is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users of its services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background. Our written policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders is made available to all applicants at the outset of the recruitment process. We actively promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and welcome applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records. We select all candidates for interview based on their skills, qualifications and experience. A Disclosure is only requested after a thorough risk assessment has indicated that one is both proportionate and relevant to the position concerned. For those positions where a Disclosure is required, all application forms, job adverts and recruitment briefs will contain a statement that a Disclosure will be requested in the event of the individual being offered the position. Where a Disclosure is to form part of the recruitment process, we encourage all applicants called for interview to provide details of their criminal record at an early stage in the application process. We request that this information is sent under separate, confidential cover, to a designated person within the University of Warwick and we guarantee that this information will only be seen by those who need to see it as part of the recruitment process. Unless the nature of the position allows the University of Warwick to ask questions about the applicants entire criminal record, we only ask about ‘unspent’ convictions as defined in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. We ensure that all appropriate staff in Personnel Services at the University of Warwick who are involved in the recruitment process have been suitably trained to identify and assess the relevance and circumstances of offences. We also ensure that they have received appropriate guidance in the relevant legislation relating to the employment of ex-offenders, e.g. the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Line managers are advised who to approach for support on these issues. At interview, or in a separate discussion, we ensure that an open and measured discussion takes place on the subject of any offences or other matter that might be relevant to the position. Failure on the part of the applicant to reveal information that is directly relevant to the position sought could lead to withdrawal of an offer of employment. We make every subject of a CRB Disclosure aware of the existence of the CRB Code of Practice and make a copy available on request. We undertake to discuss any matter revealed in a Disclosure with the person seeking the position before withdrawing a conditional offer of employment. We do not accept Disclosures transferred from other organisations and do not supply Disclosures requested by us to any external organisations.
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