Business Engagement Manager
University of Birmingham Enterprise Ltd
Salary £36,000 - £42,000
Full time for 9 months (post to end no later than 31st Dec 2018)
Closing date 19th February 2018
Do you want to be part of a dynamic team at a prestigious organisation, helping us to create commercial impact? The University of Birmingham is one of the most ambitious institutions in the UK and we are determined to be placed in the global top 50, with investment and strategic plans in place to enable us to achieve our objectives.
We are looking for a dynamic and outgoing person to take the lead in promoting our regional hi-tech business support programme (BKEBIP[i]) to Life Science SME businesses and then to engage with these businesses to ensure they gain access to and benefit from the support and resources available. The post focusses upon delivering and supporting those businesses that can benefit the most from the intellectual and physical assets located on Birmingham Research Park, which includes the BioHub Birmingham and BizzInn incubator.
The Business Engagement Manager will have an “outward facing” role. The post-holder will need to establish a thorough understanding of the life science and hi-tech business support offerings of The BioHub and the BizzInn, together with the wider University and local offerings. The post-holder will be expected to promote these assets to prospective businesses, and to engage and attract Life Science businesses in particular to locate to the Research Park and use the support available.
The post-holder will also help drive the external marketing of the relevant offerings, taking ownership of key communications tools such as websites and social media channels, managing information flow to key stakeholders, and capturing and contributing stories across the various functional teams within University of Birmingham Enterprise.
The Business Engagement Manager will need a relevant technical background to ensure credibility in the medical, bio-medical or related area, and a demonstrable understanding of the UK life sciences sector.
This is an exciting time to join the University of Birmingham Enterprise team. The University is currently fourth in the UK for the identification and protection of Intellectual Property, and already has a portfolio of over 35 spinout companies, with a collective valuation of over £200m. Birmingham has a thriving cluster of medical and biomedical activity created by the physical proximity of high quality research within the University of Birmingham and the opportunities for its application within the Queen Elizabeth and other local hospitals. Growth of this activity is a priority for the University, with emphasis on increasing both the translation and commercialisation of our Research.
Well positioned geographically within this cluster is Birmingham Research Park, a joint venture between the
University and the City Council, and managed by University of Birmingham Enterprise. About 15 existing tenants of the Research Park have at their heart some medical-related activity, ranging from provision of clinical trials to medical diagnostic equipment and public/military health services.
Established in March 2015 (and funded by the European Regional Development Fund), The BioHub Birmingham® is the first purpose-built facility of its kind in the UK, and houses up to 24 start-up or early stage enterprises from a wide range of medical, biomedical and related backgrounds. The BioHub offers start-up ventures access to affordable wet-lab space and advanced research equipment alongside business support services. The impressive 4,500 sq.ft of biomedical laboratory space shared by tenants has a variety of features including specialist tissue culture rooms, a microscopy lab, sterilisation equipment, and a cryogenic suite. More usual facilities are on offer too; exclusive state-of-the-art bench space, office desks and high-speed broadband along with the business advice and guidance of the BizzInn, which is critical as clients’ offerings move from the innovation and research phases to market ready commercial products.
The post holder will report directly to the Head of Enterprise Acceleration, who leads a team providing an integrated network of support for start-up companies and academics that accelerate the transformation of innovation into enterprise.
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