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Innovation Design Leader, Ignite Exponential (IEX)

As a specialist technology consultancy, our work is largely driven by technical development and innovation. Driving our innovation and design services is our sister brand, Ignite Exponential. This is a new and exciting offering that helps customers create sustainable growth through strategic innovation, marketing, technology and design.

We are looking for an Innovation Design Leader to work closely with the Head of Ignite Exponential and other IEX and Plextek team members to continue to grow the business.


You will support the development of the new IEX business unit and, in particular, further define and evolve IEX’s innovation design offering. This requires managing, designing, planning and delivering strategic innovation and design projects; developing new customer relationships; creating new IEX offerings and building the team’s design capabilities and facilities.

Managing projects: Guiding and delivery of customer projects is a key part of the role. You should be enthusiastic about developing innovative products, experiences, technologies and business alongside a multi-disciplinary team of IEX and Plextek designers, scientists, engineers and manufacturing experts. You will also facilitate interactive workshops and co-creation with both customers and consumers.

Relationship and offering development: You will enjoy developing strong relationships with senior customers through business development, project delivery and beyond. Work alongside the marketing team to promote the business through external activities, including: creating physical and digital collateral, attending and speaking at events and writing technical content. And help to develop IEX’s existing and new propositions and services, including: organising sales trips, attending conferences and meeting opportunities from lead development.

Building IEX’s team and facilities: Extend the design capabilities of both IEX and Plextek, ensuring the necessary skillsets and expertise are being acquired through recruitment, training, coaching and mentoring. This also includes the physical equipment, making sure the team has everything it needs to support our customers (e.g. rapid prototyping facilities, workshop tools, training and etc.).

We see any job description as a starting point we create together, and as IEX grows, so will you!


In return, we offer a competitive package and a stimulating environment that will encourage you to be your best. We provide all the training, professional development and support that you need to complete your tasks.

We are a versatile business and are able to support career progression in many dimensions including technical, commercial and managerial.

Our benefits include a company pension scheme, permanent health insurance, private medical insurance, employee assistance programme, life assurance, flexible working hours and 25 days annual leave.


Ignite Exponential is a multi-disciplinary team which helps businesses grow strategically in the face of accelerating technology capabilities, new business models, emerging competitive landscapes and changing customer expectations. We bring together an unusual combination of hands-on capabilities in developing future products with expertise and track record in strategic innovation, marketing, technology and design. IEX is a business unit of Plextek.

Plextek is a specialist technology consultancy that provides unique solutions for our customers by solving today’s hardest engineering problems in sensing, data collection & communications. Our customers span a wide range of markets including healthcare, internet of things, defence, security and automotive.

We are based just south of Cambridge with easy road and rail routes to the vibrant city centre. We provide a friendly and supportive working environment including regular on-site and off-site social events.