Current Vacancies


Please see below for the full list of current vacancies and job descriptions.

There are currently two vacancies.

Business Advisor (Closing Date: 7th September 2016)

Lead Researcher (Closing Date: 26th August 2016)

Business Advisor, Future Business Centre Cambridge

Part time – 3 days/21 hours per week – initially Fixed Term until 30 September 2017

Salary – Up to £36,000 pro rata, depending on experience

Based – Future Business Centre, Cambridge  

Reports to – Head of Venture Development

Allia is looking for an experienced Business Advisor with a track record of advising entrepreneurs and businesses in the UK who will be able to help deliver a programme to provide business support to new and emerging impact entrepreneurs and impact ventures. You will be part of a highly motivated, entrepreneurial team, reporting to the Head of Venture Development and will bring direct experience of delivering externally funded programmes.

You will have the chance to work at the cutting edge of impact innovation and be involved in assisting entrepreneurs, start-ups and early stage ventures to create, develop and scale their impact ventures. This role brings with it a high level of direct client interaction, relationship building and account management.

Role Responsibilities

You will assist in the development and direct delivery of Allia’s work in stimulating and supporting impact entrepreneurship. This will include a number of responsibilities, including:

  • Working as part of the Enterprise Support/Serious Impact team to assist in the development, preparation, planning and implementation of internally and externally funded impact venture development programmes.
  • Support marketing efforts and drive the demand and awareness of the programmes.
  • Coordinate and co-deliver accelerator programmes and thematic challenge weekends.
  • Provide support to the Tenants of the Future Business Centre in Cambridge.
  • Ongoing progress tracking and reporting on supported of ventures supported, as well as the impact and success of the programmes.
  • Maximise relationships with key partners in the region and relevant sectors.

Person Specification

The role would suit someone with an entrepreneurial mind set with significant experience in providing individuals as well as early stage ventures with business advice and mentoring. Knowledge of, and commitment to impact  innovation, impact ventures and impact investment is a must as is experience in delivering funded programmes with stringent reporting requirements.


  • An experienced  business  advisor  and  mentor  with  experience  in  impact and technology sectors.
  • Strong connections in the Cambridge/GCGP entrepreneurial eco system.
  • Experience of delivering business support programmes.
  • Sound knowledge of, and commitment to, impact innovation, impact ventures and impact investment and impact entrepreneurs.
  • Experience in delivering activity to stimulate enterprise, ideation and early stage venture support.
  • Experience in planning and delivering externally-funded business support programmes and taking responsibility for tracking and reporting.
  • Established contacts with key entrepreneurial venture stakeholders (e.g. investors, supporters, mentors, academia and service providers).
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • A “can do” and “go the extra mile” attitude.
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK and fluency in English.
  • Hold a valid driving license and have own transport.


  • 3 years+ experience providing business advice.
  • Previous involvement in delivering an ERDF or EU-funded support programme.
  • Previous experience of leading / delivering an accelerator programme.
  • Prior experience / involvement with a technology incubator programme.

For further information, please click on the link below:

FBCC Business Advisor Aug 16

To apply please send your CV (including contact details of two referees) and covering letter to:

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 7th September 2016.

Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 12th September 2016.

This post is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


Lead Researcher

Silver Economy Accelerating Strategies 2 Grow (SEAS2Grow) Project

Full Time (35 hours per week) – 4 Year Fixed Term Contract

Salary: Up to £30,000, depending on experience

Based: Future Business Centre, Cambridge plus travel to other locations in the UK and Europe


SEAS 2 Grow is a European-funded project involving partners in the UK, France, Belgium and Holland.

The aim of the project is to tackle the challenge of ageing populations which leads to pressure on social and medical services and housing affordability at a time of economic crisis. There is a need to raise the awareness of stakeholders and to structure an ecosystem in order to encourage and enable them to solve this issue. Many companies do not enter the European silver economy market (which relates to any economic activity targeting adults over 60) either because they are not aware of these opportunities or because they face regulatory and market barriers.

The overarching project objective is to set­up a proactive silver economy market framework, accelerating the delivery of innovative tools, solutions and services for stakeholders (mostly SMEs) to boost their innovation performance. These solutions will broaden their R&D and business opportunities and help them to better develop products and services in the silver economy. By reaching this objective, senior citizens and their families will benefit from products and solutions more suitable for them that will improve their life conditions.

Allia is responsible for coordination and delivery of a work stream to develop innovative financing models and funding solutions that will grow the silver economy. We will focus on new economic models in each of the four project countries for:

  • running “living laboratories” and “silver economy accelerators” where innovations enabling independent living for elderly people are tested
  • the provision of silver economy housing, whether by retrofitting or the design of new housing, where these innovations are adopted.

The Lead Researcher will be responsible for leading these activities under the management of Allia’s Director for Impact Innovation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with partners to develop a project work plan and work stream plan
  • Identify and engage with stakeholders in the ‘elderly care and housing’ market
  • Undertake research on financial and non-financial elements of elderly care and housing.
  • Identify funding availability, mechanisms and existing best practice to finance elderly care and housing (eg. user fees, public sector contracts, grant streams, commercial deals, licensing, equity stakes, revenue shares, social investments, crowdfunding).
  • Propose potential funding options for sustainable and long-lasting elderly housing
  • Conduct surveys of the elderly and their families in UK and the three EU countries (e.g. regarding their financial and property preferences, funding options available to them, issues relating to the adoption of innovations etc.)
  • Produce timely research report findings to partners as per the work plan
  • Organise and/or host meetings and workshops with partners in UK and countries in Europe
  • Attend meetings in UK and partner countries in Europe (some may require overnight stay)
  • Work with partners to coordinate with and add value to other work package activities within this project in the UK and or in Europe.
  • Work with internal and or external partners to produce and disseminate project communications and marketing messages and or collateral
  • Keep records of all project costs incurred and produce a monthly costs report.

For further information, please click on the link below:

Lead Researcher

To apply please send your covering letter and CV (including contact details of two referees) to:

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 26th August 2016.

This post is part funded by the Interreg 2 Seas 2014-2020 European Territorial Cooperation Programme which is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.