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Business Case & Impact Assessment Team Lead

Type: full
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC340

Purpose of the role

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.


Reporting to the Director of Modelling & Appraisal, the Team Leader will have a dual role within the business.  They will be responsible for the leadership, management and development of the Business Case & Impact Assessment Team, as well as providing technical direction and assurance of the work that the team is inputting into bids, proposals and project tasks.  The time input of the team leader is estimated to be split 50:50 between people management and technical work.


The Business Case & Impact Assessment Team works closely with its Connected Places Catapult colleagues to articulate and evaluate the impacts of new innovative new products and, services their impact on UK economic growth.


The Business Case & Impact Assessment Team is diverse and highly motivated, including experts in business case development (inc. HMT Green Book) and impact assessment and project evaluation.  We use this broad base of specialist knowledge to apply evidence-based approaches to analyse the economic, social and environmental benefits of innovative new solutions across our domains (that include built environment, mobility, wellbeing, de-carbonisation and ‘levelling-up’). We use our expertise to advise stakeholders and help them to make more informed decisions.  We also use this expertise to support the monitoring of our own organisational impact, reporting progress to our board and to Innovate UK.


As Team Leader, you will be responsible for the line management of the team as well as supporting their professional development.  You will be a mentor, coach and thought leader in the area of appraisal and impact assessment and be able to use this to help to shape and design the work that the team undertakes.  As a key leader within the organisation, you will be expected to work across the catapult supporting other teams and projects and our diverse range of external stakeholders.  You will be expected to provide input and leadership throughout various stages of programme lifecycles from bidding for funding to supporting feasibility studies, pilots or large-scale trials.



Key Responsibilities

Leadership & Management

  • Provide strong leadership, direction & line-management, and effective personal development to members of the team and build collaborative relationships across the company.
  • Provide clear direction to staff to support the development of methodologies for undertaking economic assessments and other analytical tasks.
  • Forecast, obtain and integrate resources for effective and efficient use across multiple projects. Ensure that requirements are communicated, understood and agreed by appropriate parties. Establish and maintain a highly motivated and dedicated team.
  • Make presentations on the status of the activities and the project pipeline, delivering regular reports to the Director of Modelling & Appraisal

Deliver cutting edge Economics & Impact Assessment work to our projects:

  • Provide technical assurance of input that the team is providing into bids, proposals and projects and the outputs that they are generating. This will include ensuring that current guidance is adhered to where appropriate and applying best practice principles when undertaking new/innovative forms of assessment/analysis.
  • Lead the Team’s continued development of the Catapult’s approaches to Appraisal & Impact Assessment to create both replicable methods for internal and external use, and in so doing build a database of the impacts of cutting-edge technology across the domains that we are active.
  • Identify projects, in collaboration with colleagues across the catapult, that are suitable for developing the economic evidence for proving the business case for local and national government, SMEs, industry and other stakeholders in the connected places market
  • Understand project requirements, coordinate resources and direct the projects you are involved in, delivering high quality outputs in a timely manner
  • Ensure the delivery of high-quality work from the team, inspiring others to achieve goals through innovation
  • Help shape new project opportunities to ensure quality, strategic fit and feasibility.
  • Take on the role of Technical Lead on at least one Business Case/Impact Assessment focussed project at a time, taking on joint ownership (with the appointed Project Manager) of the project’s overall success.

Thought Leadership:

  • Formulate and make real our vision of the future of Appraisal & Impact Assessment, bringing the economic methods and practice to bear on current challenges in the connected places area.
  • Engage with the state-of-the-art in this field by staying up to date on latest developments, feeding this insight into the workings of the team.

Building productive networks:

The UK is a leading nation in many areas of appraisal and impact assessment. To make the most of this, you will:

  • Actively track the landscape of existing UK centres of excellence in relevant disciplines.
  • Support our engagement with key companies, researchers and policy makers as part of the Catapult’s external relationship management
  • Grow our collaborations with key research partners
  • Communicate and disseminate our work to share results and best practice.


Required skills and experience

  • Minimum of an MA in Economics or equivalent related discipline, with a strong capability in quantitative analytical methods
  • Minimum of five years’ experience across private and public sector, large or small firms; and/or in research, organisations. Mixed background is a plus.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in a quantitative or analytical role with appraisal and impact assessment being a primary focus
  • Proven leadership skills, running both teams and projects, including excellence in team building, strategic direction and people management skills.
  • Proven management skills, managing teams to high-performance, driving team engagement, growing competencies and skills, as well as working with individuals on development plans and career paths.
  • Experience and understanding of measuring direct, indirect, induced and dynamic economic effects
  • Experience of applying frameworks for measuring economic impact currently in use by UK government and industry in at least one sector related to the Connected Places arena
  • Adept at synthesising a wide range and volume of information, both qualitative and quantitate, into concise reports and actionable decisions for a range of internal and external audiences
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Good at managing relations with colleagues and stakeholders, being persuasive, approachable and able to engage across all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to manage ambiguity in projects and to identify when existing methods do not work, as well as generate improved alternatives
  • Ability to excel in a rapidly growing, fast-paced organisational setting
  • Ability to match project tasks with opportunities for development so that employee potential is used to the maximum.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills.
  • Excellent written communication and report writing skills.


  • Further relevant MA/MSc/PhD qualifications are of benefit.
  • Familiarity with the technology industry and in particular; high growth potential start-ups
  • Business development experience
  • Knowledge of urban strategies and policies.
  • Knowledge of mobility strategies and policies.
  • Knowledge of urban planning, transport planning, environment, economics and social science



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