Senior Advisor

Eastern AHSN (Academic Health Science Network) has an opportunity for a Senior Advisor to join our Commercial Team.

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 on 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 postholder 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 Eastern AHSN’s NHS-facing teams. The postholder will play a crucial role in the identification, assessment and introduction of new innovations that meet established NHS needs.
We are looking for colleagues who share both our values and our enthusiasm and commitment to making a difference for our communities. We are united by being dynamic, curious, creative and adaptable. We appreciate the value of evidence and enjoy trying new and different approaches to solving problems. We are comfortable with ambiguity, often-changing plans and dealing with unanticipated challenges.

Job summary and purpose

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.

You will also require programme management expertise 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 successful applicant 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 AHSN geographies as required. In addition to this you will contribute to expanding Eastern AHSN’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.

We offer flexible working arrangements. Our staff combine on-site (Cambridge) and remote working, enabling us to come together when it matters most and promote a healthy work-life balance. There will be an occasional requirement to travel within the Eastern region and attend events or meeting further afield.

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 & development opportunities, and 27 days paid leave in addition to bank holidays.

Application Instructions: 

To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter by 23:59 on 20th September 2023 to specifying your motivation for applying and how you meet our person specification.

Application Closing Date: 
20 September 2023