Manufacturing Adviser

Opportunity Peterborough




£38,000 - £48,000 DOE




CONTRACT TERM:              Full time, permanent

REPORTING TO:                  Programme Director – Smart Manufacturing Alliance

SALARY:                              £38,000 – £48,000 DOE


This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced, passionate, and driven manufacturing specialist to support the launch and delivery of the Smart Manufacturing Alliance – a new organisation being created to drive the development of a world class manufacturing cluster. You will be joining us at an exciting time and will take responsibility for identifying and growing the membership of the Smart Manufacturing Alliance.


Based in Peterborough, with some remote working, and a requirement for travel to client and event sites throughout Cambridgeshire



The SMA (Smart Manufacturing Alliance Ltd) is a joint venture that has been established by Peterborough’s economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough, and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

The SMA has been established to create a membership network of Manufacturing Groups, sector based Special Interest Groups, and associated programmes of support, in order to drive Productivity, Innovation, and Sustainability in the manufacturing sector, primarily within the Greater Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area, but it will welcome members regardless of their location.

The objective of the SMA is to build a world class advanced manufacturing and engineering network, with a clear comparative advantage, and competitive, innovative, and resilient supply chains. It is intended that at its core the Smart Manufacturing Alliance will be a membership organisation.

Members will receive access to:

  • A diagnostic and business support service
  • Grant funding advice and guidance
  • A range of training services, tailored to their business
  • Links to universities and research institutions
  • Business sector and market analysis
  • Enhanced networking opportunities, business visits, events, and workshops
  • Facilitation of pilot- and challenge-led innovation platforms

The Smart Manufacturing Alliance will further support growth in the sector by:

  • Providing business support and guidance on:
    • Innovation & Commercialisation
    • Competitiveness & Trade
    • Productivity & Performance
    • Sustainability & Carbon Reduction
    • Enterprise & Growth



Reporting to the Programme Director of the SMA the Manufacturing Network Development Manager’s key responsibilities will be:

  • Support businesses through the provision of diagnostic and business support services.
  • Identify and provide solutions to business problems
  • Host workshops to deliver and support productivity improvements, innovation and business growth
  • Identify and recruit the SMA’s membership.
  • Promote the benefits of the SMA to businesses to secure growing membership
  • Create programs, events and activities to enable manufacturing businesses to create new products, open up new markets, and become more competitive
  • Support the development and delivery of Innovation Platforms
  • Support the delivery of training programs



Ideally the successful candidate will possess most, or all, of the following experience and attributes:

  • Experience of delivering change, or leading projects within the manufacturing industry
  • Experience in a client facing or team leading role
  • Ability to build trust and credibility with manufacturing business leaders
  • Ability to deliver credible business support programmes for the manufacturing sector
  • Ability to work under pressure, to tight deadlines, and balance conflicting priorities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present in public
  • Strong use of initiative and the responsibility to deliver.
  • Proactive team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop robust relationships across the public, private and third sectors at all levels

In addition the successful candidate will possess the following skills and characteristics:

  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Strong use of initiative and the responsibility to deliver.
  • Strong commercial and business acumen



The successful candidate will be employed by Opportunity Peterborough Ltd for this role.

Peterborough is an exciting, aspirational and cosmopolitan city with a diverse economy of major companies and innovative SMEs. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and has big plans for the future.

Opportunity Peterborough is the city’s economic development company. We’re dedicated to our mission of supporting growth across the city, improving economic prosperity, jobs opportunities, and life chances for those who live and work here. We do this by engaging with local companies to support growth and development, by marketing Peterborough to attract new businesses, by working with partners at a strategic level to create an enabling environment, and by playing a leading role in the city’s skills agenda to ensure our current and future talent pool is work-ready.

We welcome exceptional, dynamic people to join our small but impactful team and help us make Cambridgeshire an even greater place to live, work, and invest.

Application deadline: 9th August

Job Contact:

Samantha Demaio