Business Development Executive (Fixed Term)

We are looking for a dynamic, motivated and proactive individual to provide Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) support for the School of Biological Sciences in the University’s College of Science & Engineering.

The Opportunity:

Edinburgh Innovations seek to appoint a Business Development Executive to join our Business Development and Consultancy team working with the School of Biological Sciences. The role offers the opportunity to engage with the research community within the School of Biological Sciences, commercial partners across a broad range of sectors, establish contacts with new companies and identify new leads for engagement. Relevant commercial sector knowledge in the fields of AgriTech, Infection and Immunity and/or Environmental and sustainable Science is desirable. 

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Educated to PhD level or holds a good degree in a relevant scientific area
  • Business Development and commercial experience
  • Knowledge and experience of intellectual property protection and exploitation
  • Proven track record in proactive opportunity generation leading to increased revenue
  • Experienced in reviewing / negotiating contracts and managing projects to deliver commercial and translational end points
  • Demonstrable account and client relationship management experience, including working with partners to jointly deliver customer services
  • Highly developed communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent influencing skills and demonstrable ability to successfully network with both academia and industry

As a valued member of our team, you will benefit from:

  • An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work
  • A competitive reward package with annual bonus reviews based on performance
  • A generous 40 days of combined annual leave and public holidays entitlement
  • A competitive work package including defined contribution pension scheme (currently 4.5% employee and 14.5% employer contribution rates), family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more
  • Support to nurture your talent and reward success

About Us

At Edinburgh Innovations, we help commercial organisations to build innovative ideas using the right technologies, expertise and facilities at the University. For students and staff, we lead the University’s business development activities through industry engagement and translational research, enterprise support and the identification, management and commercialisation of University intellectual property. We seek opportunities, we build partnerships for mutual benefit, we make the journey easy, and we add value at every stage.

Please apply by submitting a tailored cover letter outlining your suitability with specifics relating to the requirements of the role, and your CV outlining your experience.

Applicants must have the existing and ongoing right to work in the U.K. without restrictions as sponsorship for visas is not provided.

Unfortunately, owing to the high number of applications received, we can only provide feedback to applicants selected for interview.

Should you wish to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Emma Elliott, Business Development Manager at





Closing date: 
Sunday, July 10, 2022
Originating organisation: