Research & Development Manager

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Job Category
Business Development | Business Development
£40,000 - £50,000
Closing date
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Who are we?

Shaw Trust is a progressive charity on an exciting journey to help five times more people over the next five years. For over 30 years we have supported disabled and disadvantaged people to make positive changes to their lives through training and employment, and our ambitious plans need the right people to help us transform many more lives, in many more ways.

What we do is exciting, fulfilling and diverse and it’s about to get even better. As well as employment services, we work with kids in schools, help offenders in prisons, and empower people to take part in activities that many of us would take for granted.

Working with us gives you far more benefits than a standard package; it gives you the chance to help turn someone’s life around.

Purpose of the role

  1. Research market opportunities that have not yet moved to the commissioning stage. This is likely to be working on projects at least 12 months prior to a procurement exercise starting. 
  2. Complete market and competitor analysis for current and future business growth areas to build greater market intelligence. 
  3. Working closely with the Business Development Partners to researching future opportunities and developing delivery models, innovative products and new ways of working that support them to achieve agreed business growth strategies and plans. 
  4. Identify longer term business opportunities. Working with Business Development Partners and operational colleagues build these into future business growth plans. 
  5. Working alongside Business Development Partners to support Operational Leads to take innovative business ideas and turn them in to commercially viable models that can be taken to market. 
  6. Developing and providing detailed delivery models and content for bids / proposals being developed by Business Development Partners and Bid Writers. 
  7. Running engagement events with operational colleagues, service users, partners and other stakeholders to research needs and test ideas and concepts. 
  8. Based on research, develop pilots and product prototypes to test new approaches.


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