Greater Manchester’s Business Growth Hub, working in partnership with the four Greater Manchester Universities, has a vacancy for an experienced Business Development Manager to join our team working jointly as part of the University of Manchester business engagement team and the Business Growth Hub.

Individuals interested in this role will need to have commercial acumen and be passionate about research and innovation, and delivering specialist collaboration advice. The role, working as part of the existing team, will provide help to access the knowledge and facilities in the University of Manchester, helping to unlock opportunities for innovation and future growth.

The commercially minded individual with background in business development, industry or a technology environment will provide practical advice to business owners and senior managers of companies with identified needs related to the development of new products, process or services, in order to establish university collaborations. The applicant will join a Business Growth Hub Innovation team that helps identify market opportunities and diagnose and eliminate barriers, which may be holding back innovation, and the exploitation of new technology or ideas. The role is expected to be hands-on, assisting businesses to find the best resources, expertise or facilities, to achieve the businesses’ objectives, including referral to other establishments.

Drawing on your own practical experience and as part of the team, you will be largely embedded in the university and work directly with both the Innovation Advisors and clients, helping them to connect with the right academic expertise and access facilities. Your main responsibilities will focus on building business / academic links in order to increase the number of businesses benefiting from the university’s expertise and encouraging increased investment in research and innovation through collaboration, knowledge and technology transfer.

The successful applicants will be well-established and confident individuals, with experience of business innovation and/or research and development. Previous experience in the delivery of business support, consultancy or the academic sphere is also desirable.

Business Development Manager – University of Manchester

Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum

The University of Manchester is one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities and the first choice for UK business collaboration. The University works closely with organisations in the Manchester city region to support local growth and development. This post, to be located with the universities business engagement team, will build on these links to make our expertise even more accessible to businesses, particularly in some of our research beacon fields of advanced materials, energy and cancer/biomedical.

Essential Skills
• Sales and account management skills
• Presentation skills, both written and oral
• Excellent communication and networking skills
• Excellent planning, organisational, administrative and project management skills
• Well-developed IT skills, including an understanding of computerised management information systems, spreadsheets, diary management, e-mail and CRM databases.

Qualifications, knowledge / Experience
• At least degree level business education, or degree level qualification with a management body or the relevant business experience to match those
• Over 10 years of sector(s)/business experience in the private sector, including at a senior management or Director level
• An ethical understanding of what commercial services best meet the interests of the client
• Knows how to prioritise and work with a portfolio of clients and prospects
• Experience of working in an academic or technology environment and using Microsoft office applications
• Understanding and experience of using project management techniques

The closing date for applications is at 5pm on Friday 14 July 2017.

Interviews will be held on Wed 26th July.

Subject to funding this post is part-funded by European Regional Development Funds within the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme. This is a permanent post.

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