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Connected Places Catapult • London, United Kingdom

Director of NMT (New Mobility & Technology)

Employment type:  Full time

3 days/week at home

9-day fortnight

A little flex time

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Job Description

Reporting to: Chief Product Officer

Band: 5.2

Salary: £98,000 - £105,000 (depending on proven ability)

Role type: Permanent (9 day fortnight)

Location: London or Milton Keynes (minimum of two days a week in the office. You can do more than two days if preferable)

Closing Date: 28/05/24

Role purpose

We are living in a rapidly changing world where innovation and technology will drive radical changes in mobility over the next 10 years. We need your creativity, insight, and passion for making a difference to help us accelerate the development of future transport.

You will lead the New Mobility Technologies Directorate enabling a greener, more sustainable, and effective transport system fit for the future movement of people and goods . Our aims are to:

o Stimulate innovation in the transport sector

o Develop new transport markets

o Support the transition to improved transport systems

o Maintain the UK’s position as world leading innovator, in the transport sector, and related sectors, for the benefit of society, the economy and the environment

Role description

The Director of New Mobility Technologies works across CPC and with external stakeholders to accelerate innovation and build the economy to service the creation of truly connected places.

The Director will be expected to work in collaboration with the Executive Director for Delivery and across the organisation to operationalise the CPC strategic plan and ensure the effective implementation, delivery and evaluation of projects, programmes and operational activities.

The Director is accountable for the delivery of a broad portfolio of projects and will lead programme teams to deliver work that creates tangible impact on time, within budget and to an expected level of quality.

The Director will be able to apply and direct technical transport knowledge into impactful innovation projects and programmes. The Director will demonstrate domain gravitas and expertise and act as an advocate for Mobility capability, both internally and externally.

The role holder will be expected to have the ability to make connections across transport systems, related sectors, and apply systems engineering thinking into innovation. This position requires a strong background in innovation, exceptional analytical skills and the ability to manage the translation of complex data into actionable insights.

Key Responsibilities:

· Provide leadership, mentorship and development to the New Mobility Technologies’ specialist teams by role modelling standards of professional conduct, inclusion, commercial acumen, and managing towards high performance.

· Accountable for the programmes of work for New Mobility Technologies projects, including engagement and the development and delivery of collaborative activities with academic research partners, private sector partners and government agencies

· Effective management of programme resources ensuring achievement of target archetype utilisation for permanent and fixed term employees, and project resources are brought into the organisation in a timely and appropriate manner to ensure programme deliverables and KPIs are met. This may include developing and managing framework agreements with contracted resources and service providers in collaboration with the Catapult’s commercial team.

· Accountable and Responsible to the Executive Director of Delivery for ensuring projects deliver in line with CPC’s strategy and as per the bid submission

· Accountable to Executive Director of Delivery for delivering the budgeted project days across the Directorate

· Working with the Engagement team, have responsibility for driving revenue into CPC in line with the strategy and operational plan

· Support Ecosystem Directors in directing the strategy for the Catapult’s New Mobility and Transport activities, ensuring CPC corporate strategic aims are aligned and contributing to corporate strategy as required.

· Support revenue generation into CPC in line with the strategy, operational plan and programme areas, ensuring high quality bids for work are made and an acceptable win ratio and targets met.

· Represent CPC and the New Mobilities directorate to relevant stakeholders, internal and external and at public events. This includes providing strategic advice to the Corporate Leadership Team (CLT), CPC Board (and relevant sub-committees on projects) as well as presenting using thematic expertise as and when appropriate.

· Use your specialist knowledge and expertise, to provide hands-on insight and input into deliverable work as required

· Ensuring appropriate sponsorship and project reporting is undertaken in line with defined project governance standards and requirements, working with project teams on issues and risks that have been escalated by project managers, resolving or escalating further to the Executive Director of Delivery.

· Accountable to the client for project delivery and responsible for holding project managers to account for manging project delivery.

· Accountable for quality assurance for projects, including sign off of deliverables.

· Responsible for ensuring corporate information is properly cascaded to team members as required, and business confidential information is maintained appropriately.

· This role will require some travel and may also require the management of teams in multiple locations.

· Ensuring an ethos of equity, inclusivity and diversity underpin your work activity, contributing to inclusive innovation across all Catapult activities.

· You may be required to undertake any other reasonable duties to support the Catapult in achieving its strategic outcomes and ensure effective business operations.

· Actively promote the capabilities of the Catapult and the New Mobility Technologies team both externally and within the organisation.

. Any and all other responsibilities that may be relevant to your role


· Demonstrable prior experience in systems engineering, technical research and development, advancing technology through readiness levels, demonstrators and/or prototypes. Previous experience in transport systems, systems engineering or related sectors is essential.

· Significant prior experience leading multidisciplinary teams of professionals including demonstrable experience in exceeding target revenue generation and delivering real impact through project work

· A clear understanding of the needs of transport systems in decarbonisation, the use of data, innovation, digital technology and/or challenges for demonstrator projects, and the credibility to build networks across these groups

· Previous experience in operationalising strategic organisational objectives, and managing business units and teams towards achievement of those goals

· Significant previous experience managing a budget for a business unit, with the capability to understand and interpret management information for business decision-making.


  • 9 day fortnight for everyone, we have a full company shutdown every other Friday.
  • 23.5 holiday entitlement for everyone, with pro-rata calculations for part-time employees, along with a Christmas shutdown period for additional days off.
  • Competitive pension, up to 10% company contribution to help you save for your future.
  • Two paid days of volunteering leave per year (pro-rata for part-time employees) to support charitable activities.
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) providing 24/7 confidential work/life support services to you and your immediate family members.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme with bike racks and showers available, encouraging a healthy and sustainable commute.
  • Cash Health Plan, offering reimbursement for a wide range of essential and everyday healthcare expenses, promoting your well-being.
  • Payroll Giving scheme, allowing regular charitable contributions from pre-tax income, maximizing the impact of your donations.
  • Discounts and offers from a wide variety of retailers, enhancing your purchasing power and providing savings opportunities.

Employment here is based solely upon individual merit and qualifications directly related to professional competence. We strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, colour, religion, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by law. We also make all reasonable accommodations to meet our obligations under laws protecting the rights of the disabled.

Company benefits

9-day fortnight
Company shutdown periods
Bank holiday swaps
Pension match/increase
Volunteer days
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Shared parental leave
Adoption leave
Mental health platform access
Commuter loan
Employee assistance programme
Employee discounts
Life assurance
Enhanced sick pay
Cycle to work scheme
Fertility treatment leave
Technology Loan
Compassionate leave
Eye Care Support
Season ticket loan
Carer’s leave
Pregnancy loss leave
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Work-life balance
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Role modelling
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Working at Connected Places Catapult

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)

47% Female, 53% Male

Office locations

London, Milton Keynes

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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