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The Connected Places Catapult is committed to attracting and recruiting highly skilled and motivated people, because our success depends on the strengths and values of our people. We offer exciting workplace opportunities no matter what stage of your career and select the very best to work with us, based on ability, experience, potential, “can do” attitude and a collaborative approach.

Service Designer

Type: Full time
Location: London
Reference: CPC295
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What will you be doing?
We are looking for a brilliant concept and service designer with a broad design background who can apply design thinking and service design methodologies to place based challenges. You are passionate about making ideas tangible and actionable in real environments in a people and society centric way. Above all, you should be excited about experimenting with new and innovative processes that bring together design and technology.

You are comfortable applying your design mindset to a wide range of projects. Whilst one day you will be asked to come up with creative solutions for a wicked problem, the next day you could be tasked to help design a (remote) ideation workshop. Innovation comes with uncertainty - you may not always get a clear brief, you will be dealing with abstract concepts and are expected to proactively use sensemaking and analytical skills to define how you can best add value to multidisciplinary projects.

Housing Innovation Lead

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC284
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Purpose of the role
The essence of this role is to successfully lead and deliver an ambitious Housing Programme for Connect Places Catapult. Housing has been identified as one of the market areas with high potential for creative disruption to support the efficient delivery of homes, the UK’s Net Zero ambitions and to unlock commercial opportunities for UK firms, nationally and internationally.
The role requires the vision and ability to work with partners and stakeholders across government, the housing industry and innovators from end-to-end, to position Connected Places Catapult as a key player and thought leader of innovative advancement in house planning, development and delivery. The ideal candidate will have a proven content knowledge in housing innovation, and will have experience in two or more of the following: Housing Provider; Central/Local Government; Construction Company; Architectural/Urban Design; Technology Company; Housing Related Charity.

Programme Manager

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC294
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Purpose of the role
In this role, you will have direct ownership and responsibility for managing projects or programmes that encompass our strategic direction and that themselves may have been declared as being important to the ongoing and future success of the Catapult.

The role requires that programmes and projects are completed to a consistently high standard, within budget and time constraints and ensuring they meet professional standards and industry regulations. You will ensure that information such as forecasts, budgets and reports are up-to-date and accurate and that processes such as finance, invoice payments, reporting and resourcing requirements are completed to deadlines.

As a Programme Manager you will be expected to lead consortia for large, complex projects. A typical consortium will be made up of a variety of bodies, from academia through large business to SMEs and are often multi-national.

Business Performance Manager

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC-721370
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Purpose of the Role  
The Business Performance Manager will be responsible for analysing data produced across the business, deriving insights and recommendations for the Corporate Management Team (CMT), Board and leaders across Connected Places Catapult (CPC). The role holder will love working with data and bring a structured approach to deriving insights from all disciplines across the business.

Power BI Analyst I 3 Months FTC

Type: Contract
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC272
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Purpose of the Role
The Power BI Analyst will be responsible for building captivating reports, dashboards and visualisations for the Corporate Management Team, Board and leaders across Connected Places Catapult (CPC). They will love working with data and bring a structured approach to deriving insights from all disciplines across the business.

IT Systems Trainer

Type: Contract
Location: London
Reference: CPC292
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Purpose of the Role
As part of a new ‘Microsoft First’ solution strategy, Connected Places Catapult (CPC) require an IT Systems Trainer to deliver training across the ICT portfolio with primary focus on O365; helping to educate staff on functionality and ensure that training requirements are responded to appropriately.

Dynamics 365 Functional Lead I 6 Months FTC

Type: Contract
Location: London
Reference: CPC291
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Purpose of the Role
The Dynamics 365 CE Functional Lead position combines the roles of implementation specialist and functional consultant in one. The role requires senior, hands-on involvement in the end to end project implementation cycle, from kick-off design through to go-live - working with an experienced, like-minded team along the way.

Microsoft SharePoint Lead I FTC

Type: Contract
Location: London
Reference: CPC294
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Purpose of the Role
As part of a ‘Microsoft-First’ strategy, Connected Places Catapult require a hands-on Microsoft SharePoint Lead that will be responsible for the creation of a company-wide SharePoint vision, including the build and roll out of the application across the business.

Legal & Commercial Manager

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC195
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Key responsibilities:
• Providing general commercial legal advice to the business across areas such as contract law, state aid, intellectual property ownership and licensing, commercial leases, employment law and procurement regulations.
• Drafting, negotiating and advising upon a wide range of commercial contracts, research agreements and strategic partnerships.
• Understanding the needs and constraints of SMEs and micro-entities and taking appropriate approaches to managing the legal relationships with such entities consistent with the Catapult’s objectives, whilst also mitigating legal and reputational risks to the Catapult.
• Take a leading role in establishing the legal and commercial function as a service across the business. This includes collaborating with business leaders within the company to build their understanding of the team’s function and value add.

Solution Architect Built Environment

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC224
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Purpose of the role
The Solution Architect plays an important role in enabling Connected Places Catapult to successfully meet its strategic objectives to build the economy and develop businesses to service the advanced urban services and intelligent mobility sectors. Responsible for the delivery of revenue in line with directorate targets, you will convene the skills and expertise from across the organisation to create large scale ‘showcase’ projects with national and international impact.
We would like to hear from candidates with a Built Environment background with particular experience in one or more of the following: Sustainability, Net Zero Carbon, Near Zero Energy Buildings, Climatic Resilience and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). You will be passionate about the built environment and have first-hand experience of working within it to drive the uptake of innovation. It is anticipated that at least 50% of your time will be allocated to the delivery of CPC projects.

Africa Regional Manager I 12 Months FTC

Type: Contract
Location: London
Reference: CPC222
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This role has the primary responsibility of delivering key components of this project whilst having broader objectives of supporting the Global Team Lead in generating other opportunities and enabling sustainable relationships with key partners in the region.

Digital Planning Team Lead I Maternity cover

Type: Contract
Location: Milton Keynes
Reference: CPC287
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Purpose of the role
We are looking for a brilliant team lead to inspire and drive forward our Digital Planning Team. You will lead a team of urban professionals to support the mission of Connected Places Catapult to ‘Advance urban innovation, to grow UK companies and make cities better’.

You will provide content expertise and team leadership that results in high-quality outputs and effective project delivery, working with colleagues and our stakeholders, building our competencies, capacity and thought leadership. The role combines expert input into project development, scoping and delivery with senior leadership and team management responsibilities. Therefore, we are seeking a senior practitioner with industry experience of leading teams in the delivery of city planning and the built environment projects.

Commercial Product Manager I 6 Months FTC

Type: Contract
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC275
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Purpose of the role
The Commercial Product Manager plays an important role in enabling Connected Places Catapult to successfully deliver its strategic investment project. The Commercial Product Manager will help establish the business case and financial model for the project, engaging with the market, local authorities and key mobile service providers to understand the opportunities available for the catapult.

You will lead industry, national and local government engagement to understand the needs of the market and asset owners, champion and build momentum for the National Asset Register. Then using this information help build and support the right business model for the project (including operational and functional cost planning). The role also plays a key part in establishing the right delivery and hosting models so knowledge of (but not limited to) self-owned, managed, partnerships, joint venture approaches etc… is key.

Data Strategy Team Lead

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC276
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Purpose of the role
The Data Strategy Team Lead is an important role in our move to build on the success of recent data discovery and data strategy projects. The Lead will initially work with the Head of Data Science and Software Engineering to share and build momentum behind our data discovery and data strategy value propositions. We take a stakeholder focused, problem-first approach to data discovery and strategy, working closely with our domain teams in the built environment and mobility plus our Human-Centred Design, Impact and Strategy teams. The Lead will work to gain traction with new clients and partners, bringing new opportunities for data discovery and strategy work to the Catapult, ultimately opening up data use cases for innovators and enabling the value of data to be realised in places.

Governance & Administration Officer

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC193
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Key Responsibilities

• Support the General Counsel in servicing the CPC Group Boards and its committees through the accurate and efficient completion of regular tasks and activities.
• Responsible for arranging and managing the meeting process for committees, including assisting with Board Meeting preparation such as collation of documents and ensuring papers are provided in a timely manner.
• Performing a ‘quality control’ role for submissions to Board, ensuring papers follow a consistent format and have been proofread.
• Providing information and support to Board and committee members, both in a proactive manner when directed and answering queries in a timely way.
• Taking minutes at meetings and formulating action points/decision logs for circulation in a timely manner.
• Capturing the identified actions in an orderly manner and tracking their completion, working with colleagues as appropriate.
• Creating templates for papers to Board and minutes, making suggestions on how to improve consistency and quality.
• Assisting with filing of documents at Companies House.
• Supporting reviews of governance policies and procedures, including in particular a review of how papers and minutes are shared with Board and committee members.
• Escalating issues as appropriate so that they can be resolved quickly and appropriately.
• Providing general administrative support to the General Counsel and the Legal & Commercial Team.
• You may be required to undertake any other reasonable duties to ensure effective business operations.

Senior Technologist

Type: Full time
Location: London
Reference: CPC280
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Purpose of the role
We’re looking for a brilliant Senior Technologist that can help conceptualise, develop and deliver transformative urban technology projects as part of our Applied Data and Technology Programme of work at the Catapult.

The Urban Technology team is a multidisciplinary team of technologists, service designers and researchers. The team plays an important role in enabling the Connected Places Catapult (CPC) to successfully meet its strategic objectives to build the economy and develop businesses to service the advanced urban services and intelligent mobility sectors. The Urban Technology Team works across a diverse project portfolio and technology areas in support of domains like the built environment, wellbeing, public space, critical infrastructure, mobility and decision-making institutions.

Living Labs Manager I 12 Months FTC

Type: Contract
Location: London
Reference: CPC279
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Purpose of the role
Connected Places Catapult is looking for an Living Labs Manager to own the development and delivery of world class technology testbed and living lab programmes. Our testbeds exist to drive the deployment of new products and services from innovative SMEs that apply technology to urban challenges.

The Living Labs Manager plays an important role in enabling Connected Places Catapult to successfully meet its strategic objectives. The Living Labs Manager will be expected to bridge the gap between CPC technical teams such as; urban technology, data science, software engineering as well as multiple external stakeholders. As a Living Labs Manager, you will support the delivery of our testbed and living labs projects. You will work closely with a broad range of stakeholders to design compelling products and services that deliver against our organisational objectives.

Urban Technology Team Lead I 6 Months FTC

Type: Contract
Location: London
Reference: CPC288
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Purpose of the role
We’re looking for a paternity leave cover for our Urban Technology Team Lead. The Urban Technology team is a multidisciplinary team of technologists, service designers and researchers. The team plays an important role in enabling the Connected Places Catapult (CPC) to successfully meet its strategic objectives to build the economy and develop businesses to service the advanced urban services and intelligent mobility sectors. The Urban Technology Team works across a diverse project portfolio and technology areas in support of domains like the built environment, wellbeing, public space, critical infrastructure, mobility and decision-making institutions.

Project Management Team Lead

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC255
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Purpose of the role
In this role, you will have direct ownership and responsibility for managing projects or programmes that encompass our strategic direction and that themselves may have been declared as being important to the ongoing and future success of the Catapult. As a line manager you will also have overview of all projects being run by your team. You will be ensuring that project information such as forecasts, budgets and reports are up-to-date and accurate and that processes such as finance, invoice payments and resourcing requirements are completed to deadlines.

Senior Transport Modeller

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC282
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Purpose of the role
We are seeking a highly technical / specialist professional with expert knowledge and experience of transport modelling to join our Modelling Team. This team supports project across the whole Connected Places Catapult and as such you will typically be working on multi-disciplinary projects with engineers, data scientists, planners, economists, software developers, environmental specialists, social researchers, designers and a diverse range of external stakeholders.

South East Asia Manager I FTC

Type: Contract
Location: London
Reference: CPC 278
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Purpose of the role
The South East Asia Manager plays a major role in identifying both commercial and collaborative research and development opportunities across South East Asia that create impact for Connected Places Catapult (CPC). This role will be working in the Global Business Growth Team on the development of strategy, relationships and bids as well as playing a role in delivery for suitable projects which align with the Connected Places Catapult strategic plan, and the mission to grow businesses and the economy. There is a strong focus to focus the Catapult’s work in SE Asia to align with and support the UK Governments strategy for exports and growth in the region in the area of innovation and technology.

Global Business Coordinator I FTC

Type: Contract
Location: London
Reference: CPC283
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Global Business Growth Team background

The Global Business Coordinator will sit within the Global Business Growth Team, a dynamic group of international people passionate about urban innovation and opening new routes to market for the UK ecosystem. The Team generates new international opportunities (business development) for the Catapult and is also delivering projects in collaboration with other relevant teams. These opportunities can be collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects or commercial projects.

Data Science Team Lead

Type: Full time
Location: London
Reference: CPC273
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What will you be doing?

The Team Lead will work closely with our Head of Data Science and Software to manage and lead the data science team, who have diverse technical backgrounds and focuses. They will develop and grow the team’s capability and strength to deliver across our projects ranging from human-centric data strategy, with a ‘discovery’ focus through to applied advanced statistical modelling. Working alongside other programme leads, and with close alignment especially to the Software Engineering team, they will leverage and support the Data Science team to successfully deliver the programme of work to an expected quality, taking ownership over this and troubleshooting where necessary – that might mean guiding technically, or working with clients and partners to define scope and opportunity. They will provide technical input into new business opportunities such that work is scoped appropriately to ensure quality, strategic fit and feasibility. The Lead will be expected to stay up to date on latest developments in the field of data science such that state-of-the-art data science techniques and processes are employed to deliver innovative and cutting-edge solutions. They will be ultimately responsible for bringing data science best practice to the design and delivery of new and innovative tools, products and services to the market.

SME Development Team Lead

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC265
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Purpose of the role

This is a dynamic team leadership role responsible for the day-to-day running of our SME Development Programme to ensure it runs smoothly. The successful candidate will manage the day-to-day running of our SME Development programme, identifying and developing the best innovating SMEs, to help them drive growth in the UK market. Working with external partners, direct reports and colleagues across the business, you’ll play a key role in identifying the next generation of disruptive SMEs in the key domains of mobility, critical infrastructure and built environment. Developing and delivering exciting opportunities to grow innovating SMEs in the Connected Places market and introducing them to real commercial opportunities. You’ll also be creative, fast-moving, self-motivated, work to a consistently high standard and be passionate about the broader SME landscape. The role reports to the Director of Academic & SME Development. It will also work closely with the Business Engagement, Delivery and the Marketing and Communications Team, to help create and operate an innovation factory that successfully introduces new products and services to the transport industry.

Aviation Specialist

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes
Reference: CPC274
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Purpose of the role

The CPC has an ambitious and extensive set of Milestones planned over the next 3 years which demonstrates our commitment to the Future Air Mobility sector. Plans to deploy Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) are rapidly emerging and there is significant opportunity for innovation, and for the UK to develop leading capabilities. The CPC has an increasing portfolio of projects supporting growth in this sector, covering the technical challenges associated with deployment of UAVs at large.
There exists a need to expand the expertise within the CPC to support this growth area and provide long term strategic thinking, working with industry and regulators to identify the roadmap and activities for exploitation of the opportunities that exist.

Principal ITS Engineer

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes
Reference: CPC229
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Role Overview
This role will support our ongoing programmes of work in relation to connected (and autonomous) vehicles, next generation ITS and Smart Cities. Reporting to the Spatial and Sustainability Analysis Team Leader, you will be responsible for leading the development and technical delivery of projects to demonstrate the ability of next generation of ITS, IoT, Smart Traffic Management, etc... Emerging and next generation ITS infrastructure, smart city networks and pro-active traffic management systems will be able to support innovative new transport modes and services across local, regional and national highway authority networks. Your input will define the technical scope of the project work that we will be undertaking with partners and stakeholders. You will also provide technical direction, leadership and assurance throughout the project delivery phase, providing clear support and direction to the team undertaking the technical work and ongoing engagement and liaison with project partners and stakeholders. You will often be developing projects from first principles for ‘First of a Kind’ feasibility studies or demonstrators. This often requires working through ambiguity to identify a clear project scope – you will need to be comfortable with this exciting, challenging and essential part of this role.

Digital Marketing Specialist

Type: Full time
Location: London
Reference: CPC271
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Purpose of the role
We are looking for a Digital Marketing specialist to develop, implement, track, and optimize our content marketing campaigns across all digital channels.

The ideal candidate should have a strong grasp of current marketing tools and strategies, including SEO, PPC, email and social media, and be able to manage integrated digital marketing campaigns from concept to execution to drive traffic to company pages and generate interest in Connected Places Catapult’s services.

You will be expected to work with other members of the marketing and creative teams, other departments across the business, external stakeholders, and agencies to launch campaigns on time and on budget.

Accelerator Programme Team Lead

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC262
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Purpose of the role

This is a dynamic team leadership role responsible for the day-to-day running of our demanding accelerator programmes to ensure they run smoothly. Working with external partners and colleagues across the business, you’ll play a key role in identifying the next generation of disruptive SMEs in the key domains of mobility, critical infrastructure and built environment and adding quality mentors, coaches and partners to our network. You’ll have 2-4 years relevant experience in an accelerator environment working with key stakeholders, a passion for working with SMEs and will follow the startup tech scene. You’ll also be creative, fast-moving, self-motivated, work to a consistently high standard and be passionate about the broader tech landscape.

MK:5G Accelerator Programme Coordinator I 9 Months FTC

Type: Contract
Location: Milton Keynes
Reference: CPC257
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The MK:5G project is an exciting new testbed in the Milton Keynes area, with the aim of developing new technologies across three core themes: Mobility, Health & Wellbeing, and Energy. The testbed includes the deployment of dedicated 5G infrastructure covering central MK including key sites (such as the Stadium, Bletchley & CMK rail stations, Hospital, Universities) and the creation of a data hub facility.
The project is led by Milton Keynes Council and will involve working alongside consortium partners from prominent technology companies including BT, Huawei, CityFibre, TechMahindra, the Open University, and the Satellite Applications Catapult. The Connected Places Catapult is acting as the business growth partner within the MK:5G consortium.

Purpose of the role

This is a dynamic role in setting up, recruiting for, and managing a 6 month accelerator programme for up to 10 SMEs. This role has the responsibility of coordinating SME activities, aligned with the wider programme of work at the MK:5G testbed. Alongside this, we will offer a programme of technology development and business support.

SME Development Manager – 9 Months FTC

Type: Contract
Location: Salford
Reference: CPC215
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CPC are working together with MediaCity (Peel Group), UpAccelerator and CBRE to facilitate a "Smart Cities" accelerator & testbed as the ‘first of a kind’ project together. This Smart City accelerator and urban testbed will employ a challenge-based model for SMEs to respond to connected places and buildings challenges. Media City has a designated space, "The Landing" which is designed to facilitate and support accelerator cohorts. The Smart City Accelerators overarching theme is centred around providing human to human services enabled by technology. Its mission is to help citizens do more with their lives through technology, not in-spite of technology. The accelerator will be focussed around four strands to help frame some of the real challenges our citizens face - Live, Work, Play, Learn.

This role has the primary responsibility of delivering key components of this project whilst having broader objectives of representing the Catapult and enabling sustainable relationships in the region. This role will be to help drive innovation for the region, developing and fostering relationships in the area will be critical to success.

Portfolio Manager

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC268
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Purpose of the role
1. To ensure the Department for Transport (DfT) and Connected Places Catapult (CPC) Collaborative Programme of research and innovation runs smoothly and effectively
2. Using CPC Governance processes, the Portfolio Manager will complete quarterly reports, attend Stage Gate and Quarterly Review Meetings and Act as conduit between CPC and DfT Science team to resolve and manage any project issues proactively.
3. Working with individual Project Managers, the Portfolio Manager will ensure all projects meet the requirements of the Grant Funding Agreement, maintain a detailed view of the overall programme budget, monitor risk status and delivery plans and ensure new projects meet the GFA requirements whilst all projects are closed and disseminated appropriately.
4. Ensures the Director of Project Management and CPC project sponsors are aware of risks, issues, future developments and trends to enable CPC to maintain its reputation and enable CPC to lever future funding opportunities appropriately.

Social Economist

Type: Full time
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC-212
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The Connected Places Catapult accelerates smarter living and travelling in and between the places of tomorrow. We focus on growing businesses with innovations in mobility services and the built environment that enable new levels of physical, digital and social connectedness. We operate at the intersection between public and private sectors and between local government and transport authorities. We convene the disparate parts of the market to help innovators navigate the complexity of doing business, creating new commercial opportunities and improving productivity, socio-economic and environmental benefits for places.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Social Economist to join our Economics & Impact Team. The role will support a broad range of analysis on the social and economic impacts of new technologies across a number of domains, including mobility and the built environment. This is an exciting time to join a team that is conducting ground-breaking analysis and thought leadership on the impacts of new and innovative products, services and technologies. You should be passionate and skilled at conducting rigorous qualitative and quantitative analysis throughout various stages of programme lifecycles from bidding for funding to supporting feasibility studies, pilots or large-scale trials.

The Economics & Impact Team supports project across the whole Connected Places Catapult and as such you will typically be working on multi-disciplinary projects with engineers, data scientists, planners, modellers, software developers, environmental specialists, social researchers, designers and a diverse range of external stakeholders.