Role Overview

The role of Research & Innovation Director is best suited to a degree-educated individual who is a proven self-starter with 5+ years’ experience working in membership organisations.

This is a newly created position, focused on building the strategic direction of a busy programme, evolving it to deliver against critical customer needs. For the right candidate, with the right approach, it offers exceptional potential for career progression and growth in a fast growing, entrepreneurial business.

At Tamarindo, we are on a mission to accelerate the global adoption of renewable energy and clean technology through better communication and stronger networks. To deliver against this, we have built two distinct businesses – a consulting and a membership business.

As our Research & Innovation Director, you will work alongside our divisional Managing Director, to take responsibility for the planning, development and rollout of a carefully managed programme of enhanced membership services. Drawing from our customer research, this programme will include support and development of new areas such as –

  • Special interest working groups,
  • Power List Programme
  • Thought Leadership Programme
  • Future Impact & Innovation Programme

Crucially, the role will contribute to the success of new and existing content initiatives, delivered across the breadth of Tamarindo’s membership programme. It’s about understanding what we currently deliver and using that foundation as a base to build from.

You will be measured based on your ability to strengthen the membership experience and drive up our average membership value. It will be your job to align new initiatives directly with the needs of our members, working closely with the team to shape these products.

You must be capable of both independent work and of working closely with the membership and consulting business units within Tamarindo. Intellectual curiosity, thought leadership, an analytical bent, and an unending willingness to solicit, receive and incorporate ideas and feedback are the hallmarks of success.

Advanced skills in both written and verbal communications are prerequisites. As our Research & Innovation Director, you must be able to understand and write/present for a range of audiences. Active listening, strong project management capabilities, and a team orientation are also required.

Above all, this is a role for an experienced individual looking to work with a close knit, team who are passionate about the potential of global renewables and clean technology.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Take responsibility for the strategic direction of the membership programme through the use of membership surveys, conversations & meetings;
  • Develop and plan our future programme to drive up our average member value;
  • Position Tamarindo’s membership content & engagement services effectively, such that it resonates with disparate audiences and critical membership needs;
  • Align member engagement with content output, and be measured against it;
  • Liaise with editorial team on specific membership initiatives and project delivery;
  • Liaise with the Conference Programme Producer to make sure the conference and awards programmes and annual content plan are aligned;
  • Liaise with the sales and membership team to make sure that member feedback is consistently captured, reported and reflected in the content plan;
  • Support the team through content ideas and, where appropriate, direct support:
  • Develop, refine and review our power list programme;
  • Present key findings to a range of customers and stakeholders in person, in writing, and through digital means (e.g. articles, reports, customer interviews/videos etc);
  • Draft and manage edits on research presentations and other key deliverables;
  • Maintain close, productive relationships across Tamarindo’s consulting, editorial, event and membership teams, serving as a connection for critical information flow.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • 5+ years’ experience in other membership or related organisations
  • A good knowledge of project management and campaign/time planning
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Experience of working in the live event/content environment
  • Proven ability to manage content projects to deadline
  • Excellent attention to detail and a confident and likeable manner
  • Ability to develop strong commercial & editorial relationships
  • Good negotiating skills, confidence, and discretion
  • Interest in global renewable energy and clean technology

At Tamarindo Group, we pride ourselves on being a focused, dynamic business that offers excellent training, mentoring, and a strong network of support.

Training and development includes a mix of internal seminars and budget for external courses where necessary. Collaborative working is actively encouraged.