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October 12, 2021

Galway Technology Centre

Galway Technology Centre (GTC) is a growth facility for technology and digital enterprises
in the West Region. One of Ireland’s largest technology enterprise centres, GTC is currently
home to 41 companies, with a workforce of 320 high skilled and dynamic people. GTC is a
post start-up greenhouse for HPSU’s, micro’s and dynamic SME’s in the knowledge
economy to develop and grow. GTC are a commercially focused, successful social
enterprise, established in 1994 by the Digital Task Force to encourage the development of
technology-based industry in the West of Ireland.
GTC has recently been awarded funding under the REDF (Regional European Development
Fund), to establish ‘Academy West’, which will represent a physical expansion of the Mervue
Centre, plus a strategic expansion of the Centre to incorporate a more diverse and
specialised set of supports including regional outreach & collaboration, hands-on business
growth mentoring, and global entrepreneurship programmes.


As part of this growth model  GTC now wish to appoint a Chief Executive Officer(to €80k)
(Director of Global Entrepreneurship & Innovation and CEO of GTC Group
(Academy West and Galway Technology Centre)
Reporting directly to the Board of Galway Technology Centre (GTC), this role is a three year
fixed term contract and offers a unique opportunity to create a new innovation ecosystem
in the West of Ireland and reaching into global tech audience. The successful candidate will
be a dynamic individual, with significant leadership experience across the key activity
domains incorporating strategy, finance, operations, proposition development, business
development, and product/service innovation.
The Global Director/CEO will have the skills and experience to drive the development of an
innovative and strategic suite of client services while also servicing as a thought leader
within the innovation enterprise eco system.
1. Strategy implementation and review of KPI’s.
2. Customised Innovation & Entrepreneurship programme design and development
3. Facilitate SMEs to access Public Procurement competitions to achieve large contracts.
4. Spearhead a “Centre of Excellence” @ Academy West to help unlock EU funding for
Start-up/scaling IT Companies and access finance supports for scaling clients including
VC / Equity Finance / HBAN
5. Manage through effective planning, monitoring and control all financial matters for
Academy West/GTC including generating new revenue streams.
6. Design and implement GTC Group membership policies, guidelines, and best practices
to optimise and manage community and member engagement.
7. Deliver market-led, revenue focused strategy delivering engagement propositions that
result in financial stability.
l At least 5 years’ experience in delivering enterprise development and acceleration
solutions/services with a relevant third level qualification (Business or equivalent),
ideally with a post-graduate qualification in Social Enterprise
l An entrepreneurial, experimental, and innovation-focused mindset and approach to
identifying and seizing new opportunities.
l Skills at building and maintaining diverse professional relationships.
l Strong influencing, communication and marketing skills when working with internal and
external partners at all levels of an organisation.
l The ability to navigate a matrix environment.
l Experience delivering and being accountable for projects.
l The ability to lead small and large teams of direct and indirect reports.
l Familiarity with innovation concepts and methodologies such as design and systems
l Knowledge on Programmes of Education, Research, and Innovation
Applications please, in strict confidence, by the 29th October 2021 to:
John Madden FCIPD,
Academy West Recruitment,
Galway Technology Centre,
Mervue Business Park,
E-mail: Tel.: +353872561442