Knowledge Transfer Manager - Robotics

Purpose of the role

Advancing the work of Innovate UK KTN’s previous & existing Robotics programmes (Building Community, Building Knowledge, Building Capability, and Robots for a Safer World), the Knowledge Transfer Manager (KTM) – Robotics will lead and drive the development of the next phase of Innovate UK KTN’s Robotics activity, with a focus on Robots for a more Resilient Future.

Working with Innovate UK KTN cross sector teams and management, the robotics community and key stakeholder groups, the successful candidate will develop and deliver a programme of activity that will accelerate the development and uptake of robotics in the UK, supporting the development of greater resilience in business, supply chains, sectors and the UK economy. In alignment with Innovate UK KTN’s strategy, the candidate will be expected to support the acceleration of innovation through engaging with academia, industry and relevant stakeholder groups, building their networks of innovators, creating diverse connections to drive positive change, not just in terms of economic prosperity but also through sustainable societal and environmental benefits.

Additionally, the successful candidate will also be expected to support the wider strategic ambitions of the Complex Systems Group. Our stakeholders and strategic partners are increasingly turning to Innovate UK KTN for both innovation support and innovation insights. Bringing deep robotics expertise to group and Innovate UK KTN wide challenges, the candidate will support and lead in the development of articles, white papers and thought leadership with the aim to inform, shape and deliver programmes of activity and the innovation communities of the future.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead in the development and delivery of Innovate UK KTN’s Robotics programme, with a focus on Robots for a more Resilient Future.
  • Build and maintain effective professional relationships with all stakeholder groups, including Government, business and third sectors, to help successfully deliver Innovate UK KTN’s strategy and Complex Systems Group programmes.
  • Development, management and delivery of new public sector and private sector projects and programmes within the Robotics domain.
  • Development, management and delivery of projects and programmes within the Complex Systems Group, including the development of articles, case studies, white papers and thought leadership papers.
  • Engage with businesses directly and provide support through knowledge transfer, making relevant new connections, facilitating collaborations and access to funding.
  • Track progress of businesses to determine outcomes resulting from Innovate UK KTN interventions, seeking case studies and metrics (KPI) capture.
  • Seek new business opportunities for Innovate UK KTN, with potential for new growth opportunities in global innovation.
  • Support KPI delivery and provide regular reporting of activity and outcomes.


  • Degree level or equivalent industrial experience in engineering and/or science from an area related to Robotics.
  • A good working knowledge of robotic systems, the potential breadth of their application and the routes for their commercial exploitation.
  • A demonstrable track record of business development within the robotics sector, both in support of collaborative opportunities and in the creation of new opportunities.
  • Experience of working across sectors and disciplines to support, lead and manage the delivery of complex projects or programmes.
  • Experience and aptitude in business and public-sector stakeholder engagement.
  • A demonstrable track record of project design, leadership, management and delivery.
  • Highly motivated, self-starting and results oriented individual with a strong desire to deliver economic and societal impacts through collaborative partnerships.
  • Team player with good relationship building and influencing skills; enjoys working in a collaborative manner in an open, honest, and diverse environment.
  • An open, adaptable and inquisitive mindset, able to take a holistic view and thrive in fast moving and changeable environments.
  • A ‘systems thinker’ with the ability to identify innovative opportunities and solutions across highly complex problem spaces.
  • Strong communicator with well-developed written and verbal skills, able to translate complex topics for a broad audience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with and understand the needs and capabilities with stakeholders across a range of technical and/or industrial disciplines.
  • High level of IT literacy and organisational skills.


  • This role has a salary between £38,400 and £46,900 per annum.
  • 28 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, pro rata.
  • Enhanced Pension Plan.
  • Life Assurance.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Wider Wallet employee benefits high street discounts scheme.
  • Opportunities for continuous professional development as part of our Talent & Development Programme.

This advert will close on Monday 21st February 2022, though some circumstances may require us to close earlier, so early application is advised.

Please apply by submitting a tailored cover letter outlining your suitability with specifics relating to the requirements of the role, and your CV outlining your experience.

The postholder will be home based or out of our London, Harwell or Edinburgh Offices.

Applicants must have the existing and ongoing right to work in the U.K. without restrictions as sponsorship for visas is not provided.

Unfortunately, owing to the high number of applications received, we can only provide feedback to applicants selected for interview.

Should you wish to discuss this opportunity further, please contact the Recruitment Team by email to

Applications are to be received by the February 21, 2022