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Quadram Institute Bioscience

The Quadram Institute is at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health, developing solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health.

We are engaged in fundamental and translational food and health research, alongside clinical studies, endoscopy and industry, working together to become a leading international hub for food and health research, combining scientific excellence and clinical expertise, delivering impacts on patient care and accelerating innovation.

In preparation for the full opening of the Quadram Institute in 2018, the Institute of Food Research transitioned into Quadram Institute Bioscience on April 28th 2017.

Post Details

Job Title
Business Development Officer
Post Number
1003490
Closing Date
29 Nov 2018
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
By Negotiation
Hours per week
37
Expected/Ideal Start Date
02 Jan 2019
Months Duration
Indefinite

Main Purpose of the Job

Engage with external organisations to seek out opportunities for QIB Research Leaders. The main objective of the role will be to reinforce existing and establishing new relationships outside the Higher Education sector to increase knowledge exchange, generate impact, identify opportunities for collaborative research and increase funded research from relevant external bodies.

Department

Business Development

Advert Text

Applications are invited for a Business Development Officer to join the team at the Quadram Institute (QI).

Background:

The Quadram Institute is a new interdisciplinary research institute at the forefront of a new era in food and health research. Its mission is to understand how food and the gut microbiota are linked to the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. A partnership between Quadram Institute Bioscience (formerly the Institute of Food Research), the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and BBSRC, it brings together scientists and clinicians in a new state-of-the-art building. The Quadram Institute is based on the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s largest centres of life sciences and home of the John Innes Centre and The Earlham Institute. (https://quadram.ac.uk/).

The role:

The main role of the Business Development Officer will be to engage with external organisations to seek out opportunities for QIB Research Leaders. The main objective of the role will be to reinforce existing and establishing new relationships outside the Higher Education sector to increase knowledge exchange, generate impact, identify opportunities for collaborative research and increase funded research from relevant external bodies.

Other key areas of the role will include attending business conferences and networking events, facilitating visits from investors and government agencies and supporting funding applications.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will be educated to MSc level or equivalent within a relevant scientific field, and possess project management skills and experience in developing collaborations and/or consortia. Ideally, they will possess knowledge of intellectual property within a research environment, and have a demonstrable ability to co-ordinate a range of different stakeholders and complex relationships.

Additional information:

Salary is negotiable depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time, permanent post.

This position is offered as a developmental opportunity. The Institute will put in place an appropriate training package following the successful completion of the probationary period. This will include a formal qualification (Chartered Management Institute qualification or equivalent) and mentoring support. It is anticipated that upon successful achievement of the training programme the postholder will progress to the Institute’s Business Development Manager role through the QIB grading review process.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site https://jobs.quadram.ac.uk or contact Human Resources, Norwich BioScience Institutes Partnership, Norwich Bioscience Institutes, Norwich, NR4 7UA, UK, 01603 450462 quoting reference 1003490.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sectors of society. The Institute supports equality of opportunity within the workplace and expects all employees to share and display these values. To support our commitment, we have a range of family, faith and diversity friendly working arrangements to help all staff achieve excellence in their area of work.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

Key Relationships

Work with Scientists and Administrative staff of all levels across QIB, and also liaise regularly with investors, companies and Government agencies.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Support Research Leaders to develop and build relationships with industry, public sector, business intermediaries and funding organisations
20
Work with the Head of Business Development to identify external partners for collaborative projects
15
Interface with the EIT-Food partners to develop opportunities for collaborative innovation funding proposals
10
Raise the profile of the Institute by attending business conferences, networking events, business breakfast and relevant events
10
Facilitate visits from investors, companies and Government agencies
10
Support/be directly involved in management and delivery of funded projects. This will include supporting Innovate UK, EIT-Food and Research Council translational funding schemes
10
Work collectively within a small team with the ability to prioritise work based on opportunities
10
Work to and report on performance targets agreed with the Head of Business Development
10
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post
5

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Post graduate level qualification in a relevant scientific discipline (biology, chemistry, bio-technology, food science)
Essential
Management or professional qualification
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Experience in working in a similar or transferable role
Essential
Competent user of Office 365
Essential
Demonstrable ability to co-ordinate a range of different stakeholders and complex relationships
Desirable
Established professional network in the biotech/pharma sectors
Desirable
Knowledge of PatBase and MyIP platforms
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Experience in developing collaborations and/or consortia
Essential
Knowledge and application of project management skills within the context of partnership development
Essential
Skilled at developing, maintaining and managing external networks, for the benefit of QIB
Essential
Knowledge of intellectual property in a research environment
Desirable
Understanding of knowledge exchange and Impact in Higher Education environment
Desirable
Experience of initiating, planning and managing projects, ensuring that plans are aligned with organisational strategic goals.
Desirable
Demonstrable experience of developing/writing successful business plans/ funding applications
Desirable
Demonstrable experience in marketing and/or branding activities
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent written, presentation and verbal skills. Ability to communicate complex subjects clearly and to a variety of levels and to different audiences
Essential
Good negotiation skills
Desirable

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Ability to travel both within the UK and overseas
Essential
Willingness to work non-standard hours when necessary
Essential