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Job Title: Project Manager – Innovation
Reports to: Head of Project Management
Salary: c£39,000 DOE
Location: Flexible – Blended Home and Head Office
Hours: Full Time
Application deadline: Thursday 28 January

Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) works in partnership with NHS Scotland to identify, protect, develop and commercialise healthcare innovations to improve patient care. SHIL is funded via a grant from the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government.


To carry out a range of activities associated with developing projects from initial selection through to commercialisation.

Role overview

The Innovation Project Manager will be responsible for the development of innovative products or technologies disclosed to SHIL. This may involve attaining third party funding for development or commercialisation of products and playing a key role in maximising returns from products. The successful candidate will also work closely with the Project Management and Innovation Management teams to support innovation across NHS Scotland. Candidates should have a qualification to degree level in a life-scientific and/or health technology (or related) discipline with experience of working in a scientific, technology-oriented, commercially focussed environment and an ability to build strong relationships across a diverse portfolio of internal and external stakeholders. Strong interpersonal and good team-working skills are also essential.

Key Activities

  • Managing the development of products or technologies disclosed to SHIL, including market research and liaison with commercial partners (such as manufacturers, distributors, design companies), to budget and within agreed timescales
  • Attaining third party funding for projects, such as from government, charities, industry or private investors
  • Playing a supporting role in maximising returns from developed products
  • Negotiating, agreeing and obtaining professional advice in relation to technology transfer and licensing agreements and preparing supporting documentation, such as legal agreements
  • Preparing business plans, including financials, where appropriate
  • Managing the project patent portfolio
  • Promoting SHIL and its remit to the NHS, academia, industry and other groups and encouraging collaboration
  • Maintaining effective record keeping and records management

Experience and Skills

Minimum Required

  • Qualification to degree level in life-scientific and/or health technology (or related) discipline with experience of working in a scientific, technology-oriented, commercially focussed environment
  • Extensive, recent and successful project management experience coupled with excellent communication skills
  • Strong understanding of IP protection and the patenting process
  • Detailed knowledge of technology transfer and licensing of IP assets
  • Experience in negotiating complex legal agreements
Technical Competencies Essential/Desirable
Project management skills E
Understanding of the role of innovative technology in business success E
Experience of engaging with staff at all levels in the healthcare sector D
Understanding and dissemination of complex technical data E
Evaluating and assessing market and commercial data D
Ability to undertake detailed market analysis in technology-based industries D
Experience of negotiating complex legal agreements E
Experience of licensing IP E
Understanding of IP protection and the patenting process E
Previous experience in technology transfer E
Experience of working within an ISO13485 QMS D


Core Competencies

Communication E
Adaptability/Flexibility E
Planning and Organising E
Continuous Personal Development E
Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills E
Creative and Analytical Thinking E
Influencing, Persuasion and Negotiation Skills E
Strategic Thinking & Leadership D
Special requirements  
Willingness to travel extensively and regularly throughout Scotland (full driver’s license and access to fully insured car essential) E
Occasional travel to rest of U.K. and overseas E
Occasional work outwith core hours E


For more information on the role and to apply, please send a Cover Letter and CV to  

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