Senior Cluster Manager

it@cork is seeking to appoint a cluster manager to develop the existing technology cluster in Cork and foster collaboration between member companies. Reporting to the board of it@cork, this is a new senior level strategic role for a fixed term of 3 years.

it@cork is a leading industry led, not for profit business organisation. It represents the extensive ICT Sector that exists in the region. It is it@cork’s ambition to develop a fully functioning tech cluster in the south west region which services the ICT sector and the companies which support it. In order to turn Cork into a centre of excellence for technology we seek to foster and support policies and actions which will attract the highest levels of talent and foreign direct investment by appointing a full time Cluster Manager.  Our 200+ members are outward looking in their approach to business and are committed to the continuing growth of the region.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Develop relationships between the cluster members seeking out opportunities to collaborate; particularly on innovation led projects with a view to increasing employment in the region
  • Identify and develop clustering initiatives in emerging technologies, applying them across sectors leveraging the existing strengths in the region
  • Facilitate greater collaboration between MNCs and SMEs
  • Develop support initiatives for entrepreneurs
  • Drive increased membership to meet ambitious yearly pre-agreed targets
  • Actively collaborate with other clusters or organisations locally, nationally and internationally on mutual projects including participate in EU projects
  • Partner with government organisations to facilitate trade missions
  • Represent members at local and national level on policy matters.
  • Identify projects to foster an environment whereby local and international talent are retained in the region
  • Identify and apply for funding
  • Attend relevant conferences and trade fares locally, nationally and internationally
  • Manage budgets
  • Lead it@cork marketing and branding initiatives
  • Monthly reports to the board on progress

Requirements:

  • Track record working at a senior levels within a business/technology environment is essential
  • Track record liaising across multiple stakeholders at senior levels across industry, academia and government essential, ideally within the Irish ecosystem
  • Experience of developing business plans, funding applications (including EU Projects), strategic plans and development plans essential
  • People orientated
  • Proven project management skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Previous experience working with internationally based clusters desirable
  • Previous experience working within a not for profit environment desirable
  • Policy/Lobbying experience desirable
  • Genuine interest and passion for our mission

Remuneration:

Highly competitive salary plus bonus arrangements commensurate with the seniority of the role with travel allowance for international travel.

 

Why apply:

This is a unique opportunity to play a pivotal role within the ICT sector in the region, the first such ICT cluster position created in Ireland. This is a highly visible position, working with senior stakeholders across industry, academia and government.

 

Application process:

Please email your CV and cover letter, clearing outlining your relevant experience and how you believe you meet the requirements of the role to clusterapplications@itcork.ie no later than 28 February 2018.

 

First round interviews will take place in March 2018, with second round interviews shortly thereafter.