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Chief Innovation Officer

Posted: 15 February 2021 05:00:PM

This role will form a critical part of the overall Executive Management Team (EMT) with responsibility for the development and delivery of the technology strategy and associated approach to innovation to deliver it.

Reports to:

Gary Elliott


On application




Since its setup in 2014, the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) has largely had the same stable leadership team. During that period, the ATI’s role and profile has changed substantially. The CEO is now taking the opportunity to rethink the structure, skills, type of individuals and energy required for the next phase of the ATI’s growth. This role will form a critical part of the overall Executive Management Team (EMT), as well as having its own distinct responsibilities as outlined below. The EMT includes the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Relationships Officer, Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Operations Officer.

The ATI must continue to innovate how it delivers and take a leading role in the development of technologies to meet zero emission targets for aviation. The ATI believes that equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace are essential to achieving these ambitious objectives.

About the role

The Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) will take responsibility for the development and delivery of the technology strategy and associated approach to innovation to deliver it. Assisting the CEO in developing the overall strategy for the Institute to deliver its mission whilst keeping pace with the speed of technology evolution, the market and disruption. Main responsibilities include:

  • Lead, coach and manage a team of experts to develop expertise and insight on the aerospace market and economic case for investment.
  • Lead and define the ATI’s strategy, working with the wider ATI team and facilitating input from external stakeholders.
  • Lead the Institute’s approach to transformation and innovation, where necessary making the business case to develop new approaches that results in a clear ATI funding and innovation offering.
  • Oversee the assessment of funding applications by the team and approve recommendations, applying strategic perspective and experience to constructively challenge analysis and ensure unbiased and objective results.
  • Lead overall investment portfolio management and engagement with operational partners to ensure good delivery of the programme, instilling a continuous improvement culture.
  • Provide thought leadership.

The role will initially have two direct reports, the Head of Innovation and Delivery, and the Head of Strategy. Together these ‘Heads of’ currently have a further six staff reports.

About you

The ATI has a complex mission, a broad stakeholder group and unique position to deliver results for the UK’s economy and aerospace sector. To succeed we need strong individuals, leaders and team players who are capable and have demonstrated:

  • An ability to influence key stakeholders.
  • A skill in inspiring the team and external stakeholders.
  • The ability to think big and deliver ambition.
  • Strong intellect to deal with broad and complex landscapes.
  • Credibility in the role which gives comfort to all stakeholders.
  • The ability to develop and deliver trust to stakeholders whilst engaging in commercially sensitive discussions.

Candidates will be experienced in some or all aspects of the role but at the very least have experience of managing a diverse team. They will require focus, energy, and the commitment to deliver a critical service to the business with the right personality to fit into the dynamic of the ATI. Although not essential, experience of the aerospace sector and technology innovation is desired.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.

Process and timeline

Those chosen for interview will initially meet the CEO for a first interview. Those successful in being selected through first interview will then be interviewed by the nominations committee made up of the ATI’s independent non-executive directors, the chairman and CEO. This role is immediately available, and the CEO is seeking to reach conclusion as soon as is reasonably possible.

Application process and contact details

Applicants should submit their latest resume and cover letter to hr@ati.org.uk

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