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Associate Business Development Manager (maternity cover) (4392)

Associate Business Development Manager (maternity cover) Grade 8.  

We have an exciting opportunity to provide 12 months' maternity cover in Business Development in the Directorate of Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE).

Manchester Metropolitan University is a great, modern university in a great global city. We work closely with our external partners to find productive ways to solve their problems, so that the University has real-world impact on society, health, the environment, and the economy. 

The Business and Partnerships Development Team provide professional services to the University's RKE-active academics, and to external organisations in the private, public and third sectors. Our focus is on contract research, consultancy and other entrepreneurial activities that support the University's RKE Strategy.

This Role

We're looking for someone with experience of business development in a university context, ideally within a client-facing business engagement or support role. Your role will focus on:

  • Securing income-generating Knowledge Exchange projects based on the University's academic expertise
  • Playing a key role in engaging with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), working in collaboration with University colleagues and external SME programme managers
  • Being an ambassador for the University, promoting its expertise and capability.

You will have excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to prioritise your workload to meet service objectives and the required customer service standards. Training can be given for the use of the University's systems such as Worktribe and SharePoint. It is also desirable that you have an understanding of funding sources for innovation and enterprise such as Innovate UK.

You will report to the Senior Business Development Manager, and be part of a professional and friendly team that provides support to the University's broad range of disciplines and research specialisms. While the role will involve applying your business development knowhow across a variety of academic centres, there will be a focus on our Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The full-time, 12-month post will be available to start on 1st April 2022. We have hybrid working options in line with current University and Directorate practice.

The role is open to external candidates, and to internal secondment candidates. If you are an internal candidate, please include confirmation you have your line manager's authorisation to apply.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring. We particularly encourage applications from Black and Minority Ethnic candidates, who we recognise are underrepresented in this area.

Hybrid working is offered for this role, where you will be able to work a proportion of time on campus and a proportion remotely.  We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations throughout the application process.

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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Professional Services
  • Salary:
    Grade 8 (£36,382 to £42,149)
  • Closing Date:
    24 January 2022
  • Contract Type:
    fixed term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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