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Business Development Manager (SODA) (3127)

Business Development Manager – School of Digital Arts (SODA)

A dynamic and driven Business Development Manager is required to join the brand new School of Digital Arts (SODA), Manchester Metropolitan’s response to, and an investment in, screen-based business and technologies.

SODA will create a digital skills powerhouse that will host a diverse programme of degree apprenticeships, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), work-based training, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and resources. It will build on the award-winning strengths of the Manchester School of Art, and bring together creative and craft disciplines, technical and scientific skills, industry partnerships and global research to train the next generation of talent, who will ensure that the UK continues to compete on an international scale.

Manchester is a globally recognised centre for broadcast TV, film, radio, digital media and IT. The city is renowned for initiatives such as the Manchester International Festival. SODA will work closely with key cultural and industry partners such as Red Productions, BBC, ITV and HOME to ensure that Greater Manchester has the skills base needed to support its continued growth as a centre of cultural capital and creative innovation. The School has been awarded 14.9 million of Government funding, through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, matched by Manchester Metropolitan University.

Your job will be to develop and maintain external client, stakeholder and multiplier relationships, to identify opportunities for collaboration with academic colleagues.


This 3-year fixed term role requires an experienced B2B Business Development Manager to support our ambitious strategy to increase knowledge exchange and continuous professional development (CPD) activities with external partners.

  • You will be accomplished at networking, collaborative working with the academic team, professional services, industry partners and networking organisations.
  • You will focus on managing and extending relationships with business, public and third sector clients, thereby increasing and diversifying income streams from contract research, consultancy, continuous professional development CPD, KTPs, hire of facilities, growth of Intellectual Property income and other entrepreneurial activities.
  • You will contribute to the development of, and provide support for, the achievement of the University’s Knowledge Exchange activities and targets, with a focus on the specialisms of the School of Digital Arts (SODA).
  • You will develop and maintain relationships with businesses in the Creative, Digital and Tech sector in order to deliver CPD course targets related to SODA’s grant funding. Existing relationships within this sector are highly desireable.
  • You will identify and develop new opportunities for the growth of Knowledge Exchange activities that contribute to income generation, impact, and opportunities for Manchester Met students.

Subject Matter Expertise

You will report to a Senior Business Development Manager and jointly provide support to SODA and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities’ broad range of disciplines and research specialisms, with a focus on Digital Arts. Therefore, experience in Creative, Digital and Tech sector disciplines is highly desirable.

It is important for you to have an understanding of the Faculty, its schools and specialisms:

It is also important that you have an understanding of and experience working with funders of innovation and enterprise such as Innovate UK, UKRI and the Research Councils. Knowledge and experience of specialised funders such as the Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Comic Relief is also desirable.

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter explaining how you meet the eligibility criteria.

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 and particularly encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented in the University workforce.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this 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 9 (£42,792 to £49,553)
  • Closing Date:
    30 May 2021
  • Contract Type:
    fixed term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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