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Innovate UK Graduate Programme

Job/scheme locations: 
London or Swindon
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Application deadline: 

Are you curious, like to challenge yourself and would like to help shape the future of the UK working with its most innovative businesses, supporting and connecting the innovation landscape?

Innovate UK (part of UK Research and Innovation – UKRI), works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the technology, business models, process and commercial innovations and leadership that will grow the UK economy - delivering productivity, higher value jobs and exports. Our aim at Innovate UK is to keep the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity.

Ambitious, exciting and client/consumer focused, our 2-year programme will provide you with a detailed understanding of Innovate UK’s activities whilst ensuring you develop a broad range of personal skills. For each placement, you will work as a core part of a dedicated team from day 1 and given real responsibility on high profile projects working with partners from across UKRI and the UK business community. We value: Collaboration, Innovation, Integrity and Excellence and will expect you to demonstrate this in everything you do!

As one of our graduates, you will find yourself immersed in a variety of opportunities with hands-on experience. We offer either a rotational programme or a fixed placement for the whole 2 years in a specific function. Whichever route you are selected for, you will develop highly valued skills and key experiences which may include: data analysis, project and/or portfolio management, engagement with external partners, procurement, handling investments, risk management,  report compilation, benefits realisation and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI), performance analysis, marketing and communications.

Your work will matter and produce real outcomes.  You will be able to influence your experiences based upon your abilities and interest.  Our graduates on the scheme have an outstanding opportunity to grow and develop their professional skills!

The challenge we provide will be matched by the level of support and development we offer. We provide an opportunity to really pursue your interests and aspirations early in your journey with us. Supported by a broader programme of career support, we will provide tailored training and development and regular mentoring.

Ideally, you have a passion for change and creativity which you will be able to demonstrate to us. We consider all types of degree from business related, community & people based to STEM; whatever your subject area it will have helped you develop excellent analytical and interpersonal skills. Either way, you'll need a strong interest in innovation, the art of the possible and technology, with a clear view of how it supports business growth in the UK. You will also need to be willing to be mobile, as travel will be expected in this role.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

Essential criteria:

  • Achieved, or expecting to achieve, a 2.1 or above.
  • Numerate and confident in working with both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Confident communicator
  • Highly organised
  • Pro-active and demonstrates initiative to complete tasks
  • Highly collaborative – confident and effective working in a team environment

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process and to perform essential job functions. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Please note: If we receive a sufficient amount of applications, we reserve the right to close the advertisement early.

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More about this vacancy

South West, London
Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5