Head of Technology Strategy - Launchpad

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Launchpad is the only University Venture Studio programme in the world with an embedded academic course. This award-winning, innovative postgraduate business education and unique venture studio programme is creating the contemporary generation of Cornwall-based companies in high-value and high-growth markets through strong partnerships and sophisticated business models.

About The Role

We’re now seeking a Head of Technology Strategy to join our Launchpad Team, that will help shape the future of our technology offering, evaluate the technology needs and direction of travel of our venture teams to help them scale and create real-world impact at a systems level. You will work with the Head of Programme and other venture studio colleagues whilst leading a small, tightly knit team to create compelling technology offerings to our cohorts that support them to rapidly build their MVPs and gain market traction ahead of their competition.

This post will be integral to our graduating teams in a hands-on advisory, and mentoring capacity as they grow their businesses.

About You

You will need to be a pro-active team player who is conscientious and hard-working; actively playing your part in keeping Launchpad ahead of the curve. It’s a fast-paced environment, we are looking for people who have the energy and clarity of thought needed to ensure we can successfully traverse an ever-changing start-up technology landscape, as we and our ventures execute ambitious plans. Alongside these core qualities, you’ll be an outstanding technologist and enjoy communicating complex ideas and issues to different audiences; and be comfortable deploying sophisticated business and technology strategies hand-in-hand for impact at scale.

We are looking to hear from candidates who have the following skills/experience:

  • Detailed knowledge of current technology trends and their use in start-ups.
  • Experience of working with and communicating to a diverse range of people.
  • Extensive experience in designing, developing and delivering prototype software products.
  • Experience of running your own business, or running product development teams.

For further details on the skills/experience required for this role, please see the full job description above.

This is a full time, 35 hours a week position across Monday-Friday. To apply, please submit a CV and Supporting Statement via the “Apply” button below, detailing how you meet the requirements for the role. The closing date for this position is  Sunday 11 April 2021.

About Us

Launchpad is the only University Venture Studio programme in the world with an embedded academic course. This award-winning, innovative postgraduate business education and unique venture studio programme is creating the contemporary generation of Cornwall-based companies in high-value and high-growth markets through strong partnerships and sophisticated business models. The Launchpad methodology reverses the legacy model of business incubation as it builds new companies in response to specific known market demands. This approach significantly increases the hit rates associated with conventional start-up business incubation support models. Launchpad aligns skilled graduates, Strategic Partners (made up of VC, CVC, and industry) supported by a package of specialist support from the University and other partners. Market opportunities are co-validated by the Launchpad Team and the Strategic Partners to create high growth investable businesses. This approach attracts and retains entrepreneurial talent and brings high quality investment to Cornwall for the long-term benefit of the regional economy. More detail on the Launchpad programme itself, can be found here - https://falmouthlaunchpad.co.uk/.

Falmouth University has grown to become a digital innovation hub, delivering impact for lives and economies through the development of new knowledge, solutions, services and products. Today, our undergraduate and postgraduate courses represent the breadth of the creative industries, the fastest growing sector in the UK economy. Falmouth’s specialisms will be key to future economic and cultural success both at a local and global level. Our ambitious 2030 Strategy, ‘Doing it for Real’, is designed to deliver yet further growth in our student numbers and income through portfolio diversification, innovation, research and commercial ventures. It will establish Falmouth as the market leader for creative industries and entrepreneurship education over the next decade, capitalising on our considerable assets in innovation-led research and business incubation.

We are proud be able to offer competitive salaries to our staff alongside a generous holiday entitlement of 35 days + 8 days bank holiday for this role. The post-holder will also be able to take advantage of a competitive pension scheme alongside a range of wellness and support services and relocation assistance of 10% of salary, if required. Full details on our employee benefits can be found on our careers page www.falmouth.ac.uk/jobs. Alongside these benefits we are fortunate to be able to offer a first-class working environment to our staff with our campuses set in amazing grounds, in the heart of Cornwall, with all the facilities you would expect from a leading University.

A successful external candidate for this position would be employed by Falmouth Staffing Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Falmouth University. Employees of Falmouth Staffing Ltd work alongside Falmouth University colleagues in the delivery of Falmouth’s strategic vision and will adopt Falmouth University’s HR policies and procedures in full.