Business Development Manager
Post Details
Job Title
Business Development Manager
Post Number
1003845
Closing Date
15 Feb 2020
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£31,625 - £38,575
Hours per week
37
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Apr 2020
Months Duration
Indefinite

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Engage with external organisations to seek out, define and deliver funding opportunities for QIB Group 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.

Key Relationships

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

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Support Group Leaders to develop and build relationships with industry, public sector, business intermediaries and funding organisations
20
Proactively identify external partners for collaborative projects
15
Interface with the relevant networks and partners to develop opportunities for collaborative innovation funding proposals
10
Contribute to increasing 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 the submission of translation funding applications, business plans and, where appropriate, support/be directly involved in management and delivery of funded projects. This will include supporting Innovate UK, NBIC 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

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Post graduate level qualification in a relevant scientific discipline (molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, food safety science, microbiology, metagenomics, sequencing)
Essential
Management or professional qualification
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Knowledge of intellectual property in a research environment
Essential
Knowledge and understanding of knowledge exchange and Impact in Higher Education environment
Essential
Knowledge and application of project management skills within the context of partnership development
Essential
Skilled at developing, maintaining and influencing external networks, for the benefit of QIB
Essential
Competent user of Office 365
Essential
Demonstrable ability to co-ordinate a range of different stakeholders and complex relationships
Essential
Established professional network in the biotech/agro/food sectors
Desirable
Knowledge of PatBase and MyIP platforms
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Substantial recent experience of working in a similar or transferable role
Essential
Experience in developing collaborations and/or consortia
Essential
Experience of initiating, planning and managing projects, ensuring that plans are aligned with organisational strategic goals.
Essential
Demonstrable experience in landscaping, roadmapping or horizon scanning
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 communication skills. Ability to communicate complex subjects clearly and to a variety of levels and to different audiences
Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team
Essential
Good negotiation skills
Desirable

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to travel both within the UK and Overseas
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential

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 nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk.

For more information about working at Quadram Institute Bioscience, please click here.

Department

Business Development

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Business Development Manager

Applications are invited for a Business Development Manager to join the team at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.

Background:

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 role:

The main role of the Business Development Manager will be to engage with external organisations to seek out opportunities for funding and exploitation for QIB Group 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 Post graduate level or equivalent within a relevant scientific field (molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, food safety science, microbiology, metagenomics, sequencing), and possess project management skills and experience in developing collaborations and/or consortia. Ideally, they will possess knowledge of intellectual property and impact within a research environment and have a demonstrable ability to co-ordinate a range of different stakeholders and complex relationships.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,625 to £38,575 per annum 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 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.