- Job Title
- Business Development Officer
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 15 Feb 2020
- Starting Salary
- £24,815 - £30,270
- Hours per week
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 01 Apr 2020
- Months Duration
Main Purpose of the Job
Support the Business Development team to seek out opportunities for QIB Group Leaders. The role will also support the Business Development team in reinforcing existing and establishing new relationships outside the Higher Education sector, in order to help them increase knowledge exchange, generate impact, identify opportunities for collaborative research and increase funded research from relevant external bodies.
Work with the Head of Business Development, the Business Development team, scientists and administrative staff of all levels across QIB, and also liaise with the relevant stakeholders.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- Work with the Head of Business Development (BD) to help with: -interacting with external partners for collaborative projects -documenting BD activities -marketing activities -generating reports
- Help the Head of BD and the team to support the Group Leaders to develop and build relationships with industry, public sector, business intermediaries and funding organisations
- Help the Head of BD interface with the key partners to develop opportunities for collaborative innovation funding proposals
- Support the BD team to raise the profile of the Institute by facilitating the attendance to business conferences, networking events, business breakfast and relevant events
- Facilitate visits from investors, companies and Government agencies
- Take minutes from meetings and actively support, track and document activities of the Head of Business Development, notably via the use of database such as CRM and NBIROS
- Work collectively within a small team with the ability to be flexible and prioritise work based on requests from the Head of Business Development
- Work to and report on performance targets agreed with the Head of Business Development
- As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post
Education & Qualifications
- Bachelors degree, or equivalent, in a relevant scientific discipline (biology, chemistry, bio-technology, food science)
- Post graduate level qualification in a relevant scientific discipline (biology, chemistry, bio-technology, food science)
- Management or professional qualification
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Time management, knowledge of project management and excellent organisation skills
- Demonstrable ability to co-ordinate a range of different stakeholders and relationships with the capacity to swiftly adapt to regular changes
- Competent use of databases (CRM, NBIROS, JIRA or others)
- General understanding of knowledge exchange and impact in Higher Education environment
- Knowledge and application of data management and project management skills
- Skilled at interacting with external networks, for the benefit of QIB
- Competent user of Office 365
- Understanding of business development activities in a research environment
- Experience of working in a similar or transferable role
- Demonstrable experience of writing successful meeting plans, drafts and minutes and of being an executive assistant
- Experience of organising, coordinating and managing small projects, stakeholder visit and ensuring that plans are aligned with targets and deadlines
- Demonstrable experience in supporting marketing and/or branding activities
- Experience in supporting the development of collaborations and/or consortia
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Excellent written, presentation and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate various subjects clearly.
- Good resilience, communication skills and flexibility in a multicultural environment
- Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Ability to adapt to change
- Willingness to work non-standard hours on rare occasions if necessary
- Attention to detail
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
- Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Who We Are
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.
The Quadram Institute is a diverse and multicultural scientific community. We thrive on our international and European links, appointing staff from across the world. We expect this to continue post Brexit. However, any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Development Officer
Applications are invited for a Business Development Officer to join the team at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.
The Quadram Institute is a new interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to understanding how food and microbes interact to promote health and prevent disease. Its mission is to deliver healthier lives through innovation in gut health, microbiology and food. A partnership between Quadram Institute Bioscience, the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and BBSRC, it brings together scientists and clinicians in a state-of-the-art building on the Norwich Research Park. This is 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 main role of the Business Development Officer will be to support the Head of Business Development and, where needed, the Business Development team, in their engagement with external organisations to seek out funding opportunities for QIB Group Leaders. The main objective of the role will be to support the team to increase knowledge exchange, generate impact, identify opportunities for collaborative research and increase funded research from relevant external bodies. The role will help document and track business development activities, coordinate plans, organise visits of, and to, various stakeholders, prepare agendas and meetings.
Other key areas of the role will include supporting the attendance to business conferences and networking events.
The ideal candidate:
The ideal candidate will be educated to BSc level or equivalent within a relevant scientific field (biology, chemistry, bio-technology, food science) and possess project management skills and experience in organising the development of scientific and business development for life sciences activities. Ideally, they will possess knowledge of database management, supporting meetings preparation and documenting within a research environment, and have a demonstrable ability to co-ordinate a range of different stakeholders visits.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £24,815 to £30,270 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, permanent post.
We welcome applications from candidates seeking job-share, part-time or other flexible working arrangements.
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 could include a formal qualification (Chartered Management Institute qualification or equivalent) and mentoring support.
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.
The closing date for applications will be 15 February 2020.
The Quadram Institute Bioscience is a registered charity (No. 1058499) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.